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Monday 18 December 2017

Ousted president returns to Haiti

Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide arrived back in his Caribbean homeland yesterday, returning from exile in South Africa just days before a crucial Haitian presidential election.

Aristide (57), who was ousted from Haiti in 2004 through an armed rebellion, had ignored a direct plea from the US to delay his return until after tomorrow's presidential vote.

Traffic cops clamp down on sex signs

Traffic police in a southern Kazakhstan city are clamping down on a rising tide of motorists replacing their licence plates with signs reading "I Love Sex".

A 19-year-old motorist in the Muslim-dominated city of Kyzyl-Orda, was yesterday fined €700,000 for pinning the plate to his SUV.

Top ballet dancer in porn scandal

The head of Russia's world-famous Bolshoi Theatre ballet troupe has resigned after erotic photographs purporting to be him appeared on the internet.

Hundreds of "pornographic pictures" of soloist Gennady Yanin (42) were posted online and then circulated to thousands of email addresses.

Diver beats record with small splash

A US shallow diver has broken his own world record by swan-diving 36ft (11m) into a paddling pool containing just 12in (30.5cm) of water.

Darren Taylor, also known as Professor Splash, dived into a pool of near-freezing water in Trondheim, Norway, making the jump his 13th Guinness-certified record.

Ice cream man's Lickity Split drugs

A New York man has been arrested for allegedly selling illegal prescription drugs from his ice cream van, making more than $1m (€700,000) in a year.

Louis Scala (40) is accused of selling more than 40,000 prescription oxycodone pills from his 'Lickity Split' ice cream van in Staten Island and heading up a 30-person drug ring, prosecutors said.

University scraps naked student run

A US university is scrapping the student tradition of running around nude to mark the end of the autumn term.

The president of Tufts University in Massachusetts, Lawrence Bacow, said the Naked Quad Run has become too dangerous because of excessive drinking, slippery pavements and dangerously low temperatures. Mr Bacow referred to the run as "carnage".

Irish Independent

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