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Saturday 24 February 2018

Machete gang attack

Eight people were killed when dozens of machete-wielding raiders struck a casino popular with tourists and local Italian residents in the coastal Kenyan town of Malindi, police said.

Armed officers shot dead six of the attackers suspected to be members of a banned coastal separatist group, while two policeman were also killed.

Fibre key to longevity

Eating more fibre may protect against death and disability by lowering the risk of having a stroke, a study has found. Each seven gramme increase in daily fibre intake results in a 7pc reduction in first-time stroke risk, say researchers.

One serving of whole wheat pasta, plus two helpings of fruits or vegetables, provides about that much fibre. Fibre is the part of a plant the body cannot absorb during digestion.

Rude parrot gets fine

A Rhode Island city has dropped its case against a woman who was fined $15 (€12) for violating a noise ordinance after her pet cockatoo allegedly swore at her ex-husband's girlfriend, who lived with him next door, a lawyer has said.

Warwick Municipal Court fined Lynne Taylor in September following a series of complaints from the neighbour over noise from the parrot.

Berlusconi ad row

A series of car ads, including one showing women bound and gagged in the trunk of a Ford driven by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, has prompted internet outrage in India and prompted an apology from Ford India.

The ads came just days after India approved a tougher new law to punish sex crimes, following the fatal gang rape of a student in December.

MP won't face charge

BRITISH MP Eric Joyce will not face charges following his arrest over an alleged brawl in a House of Commons bar. Scotland Yard said it would be taking no further action following the incident earlier this month.

"A man aged in his 50s, arrested on Thursday, March 14, on suspicion of assault and ABH in connection with a disturbance in a bar within the House of Commons, has been released," Scotland Yard said.

Irish Independent

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