Wednesday 17 January 2018

Prosecutors close Sarkozy case

Paris prosecutors have closed a two-year probe against a former French spymaster in a case involving a complaint brought by President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The prosecutors could not back up claims of invasion of privacy and libel against Yves Bertrand over an array of published allegations about public figures.

Austria probed 39 extremist cases

Austria's Interior Ministry says 39 individual cases of potential extremism were monitored in 2009.

Spokesman Rudolf Gollia said the cases fall under a category known as "expanded threat investigation". Roughly two-thirds of the cases focused on potential Islamic extremists, he said.

Scientists unearth ancient crocodile

A species of crocodile that lived 100 million years ago has been identified from a fossil found in Thailand, researchers said.

Komsorn Lauprasert, a scientist at Mahasarakham University, said the species had longer legs than modern-day crocodiles and probably fed on fish, based on the distinctive characteristics of its teeth.

Racy swim trunks anger Singapore

Singapore has rebuked its national water polo team for wearing trunks that feature an "inappropriate" likeness of the city-state's flag.

The trunks show the flag's white crescent moon jutting up from the groin area with five stars to the side.

Court next door to police HQ burgled

The Seremban court complex in Malaysia has been broken into again, three months after a similar incident.

Only personal belongings of a few officials were missing, as well as some petty cash. The court complex is next to the police headquarters.

Transport head loses his license

The Czech Republic now has a transport minister without a driving licence. Vit Barta has been banned from driving for six months and fined for using a false licence plate.

A spokesman said the ban and fine of 5000 koruna (€202) came after Barta was found driving his Maserati home from his wedding.

Irish Independent

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