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Sunday 22 April 2018

New Maddie leads

UK GOVERNMENT lawyers have travelled to Portugal to discuss new leads in the case of missing Madeleine McCann.

London's chief crown prosecutor, Alison Saunders, and her deputy flew to Portugal with detectives in connection with the UK police's review of the case. Madeleine, who was then nearly four, disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal's Algarve on May 3, 2007, as her parents Kate and Gerry dined at a nearby tapas restaurant with friends.

TEN DROWN IN SINKING

TEN people have drowned and another 20 remain unaccounted for after a boat carrying West African clandestine migrants sank off the coast of Gabon, police said.

Gabonese authorities rescued 23 survivors, and the search was ongoing yesterday.

PSYCHIC SHOWS FINED

TWO television channels have been fined a total of £22,500 (€26,400) over claims made by psychics on air.

UK regulator Ofcom said Psychic Today and Big Deal breached broadcasting rules after a psychic said she was involved in the police investigation into the murder of schoolgirl Milly Dowler; while another psychic claimed she predicted her friend would become close to late singer Michael Jackson, before showing photos of the pair in private locations, including his recording studio.

MINISTERS TAKE BISCUIT

UK HEALTH ministers have been criticised for spending tens of thousands of pounds on tea, coffee and biscuits so far this year.

The Department of Health has spent £119,808 (€140,700) on refreshments since January, according to a response to a parliamentary question. Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott claimed ministers were "living on another planet".

BACKYARD GRAVE

A CALIFORNIA woman has gone to extreme lengths to keep costs down after the death of her husband.

Apple Valley police found a 63-year-old man buried in a shallow grave in his family's backyard. His "distraught" wife said she could not afford a decent burial when he died weeks ago, so she did the best she could.

BAKED ALASKA

ALASKA is in the grip of a heatwave.

Anchorage residents, who a month ago shivered through an unseasonably cold spring and a surprise May snowstorm, have donned swimsuits and depleted stores of fans to ward off record heat in the state's largest city.

Irish Independent

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