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Saturday 16 December 2017

Rare whisky is sold for £44,000

A rare bottle of whisky has sold for £44,000 (€52,000) -- around £1,700 a nip. The 1955 bottle of Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve was sold at auction in London to an anonymous bidder over the weekend.

The previous world record for a single malt was just under £30,000.

Heart surgery for Japan's emperor

Japanese Emperor Akihito will undergo heart bypass surgery this week after a detailed examination found a heart problem had worsened.

Emperor Akihito (78) underwent an angiogram over the weekend, which showed that blood vessels had narrowed over the past year.

Mandela to appear on bank notes

Nelson Mandela's face will feature on all South Africa's bank notes to honour the former president's role in fighting apartheid.

The announcement by President Jacob Zuma coincides with the 22nd anniversary of Mr Mandela's release from prison after serving 27 years for his opposition to white-only rule.

Mills wins ski race for British team

Heather Mills yesterday won an Austrian ski race, just days after giving evidence to the British inquiry into press standards.

The former wife of Paul McCartney took first place at the Austria Cup Super G Ski Speed Race at Innerkrems, competing for the British disabled ski team. Mills (44), who is hoping to compete in the 2014 Paralympics, competed despite suffering a fractured shoulder and broken thumb.

Mob beats kidnap gang to death

A mob in central Mexico has beaten three suspected kidnappers to death. Mexico state prosecutor Alfredo Castillo said the mob also set two of the men on fire.

Mr Castillo said that 23 people in San Mateo Hitzilzingo had been detained after 300 locals took the three men out of the town's police station and began beating them. The men had tried to kidnap a teenage boy.

Gaddafi's son to be moved to Tripoli

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of toppled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, will be moved to a Tripoli prison within two months and then face trial, the chairman of Libya's National Transitional Council said yesterday.

Authorities are completing the construction of a prison in Tripoli to house Mr Gaddafi, who was captured three months ago.

Irish Independent

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