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Nigeria eases fear of phone death

Nigeria's government is assuring people a phone call can't kill them. A text message has spread across the country, warning that people will die if they answer calls from 09141.

The fear forced the Nigerian Communications Commission to issue a statement saying it was "unimaginable that somebody will die while receiving a call".

Miller's tabloid hacking paranoia

Sienna Miller planted false stories with friends in an attempt to work out why details of her life were appearing in British tabloids.

The actress said the incident made her paranoid and she accused her family and friends of selling stories. She later reached a £100,000 (€113,000) settlement with the 'News of the World'.

Lost cat turns up after five years

A pet cat that went missing in Colorado five years ago was found in Manhattan, New York, and will soon reunite with its owners, a pound spokesman said this week.

Workers at a pet shelter traced stray cat Willow to a family in Colorado, thanks to a microchip in its neck.

Thompson writes Peter Rabbit book

Oscar-winning star Emma Thompson is "honoured" at being asked to revive the Peter Rabbit character.

'The Further Tale Of Peter Rabbit', written by Thompson, will be published next year to mark the 110th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's furry scamp.

First woman takes bandmaster role

BRITAIN'S Household Cavalry's first woman bandmaster has described the role as "a great achievement".

Esther Freeborn (35) took up the post of bandmaster of the Life Guards after completing a horse-riding course with passing parade at Hyde Park Barracks, London. Her new role will see her participate in ceremonies.

Honorary OBE for actor Winkler

'Happy Days' star Henry Winkler has been made an honorary OBE for his work on dyslexia in the UK.

The actor, who played the Fonz in the US sitcom and suffers from dyslexia, said the honour was "humbling".

Bees kill hog in attack on farm

Bees attacked animals and killed a hog at a US farm.

Farmers in Bisbee, Arizona, were trying to move a hive when 250,000 bees attacked. Bee expert Reed Booth said he was surprised at the bees killing the hog, given its several layers of fat and skin.

Irish Independent