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Saturday 20 January 2018

Prince gets 'pay cut'

Prince Charles' funding from the British taxpayer fell by almost 50pc during the last financial year. His annual accounts showed yesterday that his income from the government and a royal grant was £1.1m (€1.3m) in the year to March 31, down from £2.1m a year earlier.

The decrease is largely due to lower travel costs as countries the prince visited often picked up the bill.

FAKER LOSES BENEFITS

A DUTCH social psychologist who admitted faking data in dozens of publications will do 120 hours of community service work and forfeit welfare benefits equivalent to 18 months' salary to avoid being prosecuted for fraud.

Diederik Stapel, who worked at universities in the cities of Groningen and Tilburg, once claimed to have shown that the act of thinking about eating meat makes people behave more selfishly.

1D WIN SILVER CLEF

One Direction have seen off competition from Glastonbury headliners The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay to be named the best live act at the Silver Clef Awards.

The boyband, who were put together during the 'X Factor' in 2010, won the award in a public vote by picking up around a quarter of the 26,000 votes cast.

DINOSAURS 'TODDLED'

Dinosaurs crawled on all fours before switching to two feet, experts have found. Analysis of bones 100 million years old showed baby Psittacosaurus had long arms and short legs, which were used to scuttle around.

The arms grew between the ages of one and three, suggesting the Psittacosaurus continued to move on all fours during their "toddler" years. Aged four, they experienced a massive growth spurt in their legs.

UNDERWEAR MAN SHOT

A US prosecutor has said a police officer in Pennsylvania was justified in shooting a man he thought was armed in a dark alley, even though it turned out he only had black underwear in his hand.

The officer was confronted by the man, who was naked below the waist. He held up a dark object the officer thought was a gun and was shot and injured.

FOUNTAIN MAN KILLED

German police shot and killed a naked man who brandished a knife in Berlin's landmark Neptune fountain.

A police spokesman said a man in his 20s started cutting himself. A policeman tried to stop him, but he advanced on the officer with the knife. Another officer shot the man, who died at the scene.

Irish Independent

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