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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Latin American singer murdered

One of Latin America's best-known protest singers has been murdered by gunmen in Guatemala, provoking anger across the region.

Facundo Cabral, an Argentine folk singer and poet, who found fame in the 1970s and later became a UN "peace messenger", was on his way to the airport when his vehicle was attacked.

102 missing after river boat sinks

Emergency officials say that 102 people are missing and at least one is dead after a passenger boat with over 180 people onboard sank in the Volga River yesterday.

The double-decker vessel went down some 3km away from the nearest bank in the giant Kuibyshev reservoir on the Volga River some 750km east of Moscow, the Tatarstan region emergency ministry said. The depth at the site was 20 metres, it said.

Breakthrough on spinal condition

a breakthrough into the causes of an incurable spine condition could help tens of thousands of young people avoid pain and disability.

Scientists from the University of Bristol have discovered seven genes involved in ankylosing spondylitis (AS), an auto-immune condition that causes debilitating joint pain for one in 200 Europeans, paving the way for better diagnostic tests and new treatments.

Villagers open pub in telephone box

Villagers angered by the loss of their historic local pub turned a redundant red telephone box into an alehouse for a night.

Locals in Shepreth, Cambridgeshire, opened 'The Dog and Bone' to coincide with their annual fete.

Bust stolen in Blitz is on its way home

A 17th-century bust looted from a bombed church during the Blitz will be returned to its rightful home more than 70 years after it was stolen.

The 1641 sculpture of eminent botanist and physician Dr Peter Turner -- worth an estimated £70,000 -- was taken from the nave of St Olave's in the London on the night of April 17, 1941.

Woman sues over 'order' to dye hair

A 52-year-old Houston, Texas, woman is suing her bosses after she was fired for refusing to obey "an order" from her boss to dye her shoulder-length grey hair.

Sandra Rawline, a branch manager at Capital Title of Texas, was then replaced by a younger woman but the firm claims she was fired because a customer no longer wanted to do business with her.

Irish Independent

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