Thursday 14 December 2017

Japan shuts down final nuclear plant

JAPAN is without electricity from nuclear power for the first time in four decades after the last of the country's 50 nuclear reactors was switched off at the weekend.

Thousands of Japanese marched to celebrate the closure, shaking banners shaped as giant fish that have become a potent anti-nuclear symbol since last year's March 11 quake and tsunami set off meltdowns at Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.

Tulisa tops the UK charts with debut

'X Factor' judge Tulisa shot straight to the top of the British charts yesterday with her debut single 'Young'.

The star, who was last week named the world's sexiest woman by 'FHM' magazine, snatched the number one spot from Carly Rae Jepsen, whose single 'Call Me Maybe' slipped to number two.

Gorilla goes to hospital for op

Doctors performed jaw surgery on a gorilla at a hospital in Nebraska yesterday. Motuba, a 27-year-old silverback gorilla, was rushed to hospital after suffering a fractured jaw and teeth damage in a fight with a younger gorilla at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo.

Hospital spokesman Paul Baltes said Motuba was kept separate from human patients during his stay.

Body found hours after famous race

Police opened a murder investigation in Louisville, Kentucky, yesterday after a man's body was found in a barn behind Churchill Downs, just hours after the Kentucky Derby was run at the track.

The body of an unidentified Hispanic male was found in a barn near the stable of I'll Have Another, the horse that won the race in front of a record crowd of more than 165,000 people.

'Avengers' sets box office record

Disney film 'The Avengers' burst into the Hollywood record books yesterday with the highest ticket sales in an opening weekend in US cinema history.

The film, which reunites Marvel comic heroes Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk and Black Widow, took in a massive $200m (€153m) at the box office.

Addicts killed in rehab centre fire

At least 14 people died after a fire swept through a rehabilitation centre for addicts near the Peruvian capital of Lima yesterday.

Fire chief Fernando Campos said rescue efforts were complicated by locked doors and barred windows at the clinic in Chosica.

Irish Independent

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