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Monday 19 March 2018

Rihanna escapes London hotel fire

The London Fire Brigade says Rihanna was among 300 people evacuated from a hotel after an early-morning fire in an elevator shaft.

The 24-year-old Barbadian singer tweeted news of the fire early yesterday to her 21 million Twitter followers, posting the words: "Roamin da streets since 6am! Fyah in da telly." Ten firefighters dealt with the blaze on the 7th floor of the luxury Corinthia Hotel. There were no injuries.

Something stinks in Austrian heist

Austrian police did not need sniffer dogs to locate this suspected heist -- 9.5 tonnes of garlic.

The Austria Press Agency says police stopped three overloaded and sagging vans about to cross into Hungary from Austria yesterday and found them packed to the roof with the pungent cargo.

Venezuelans want sacred stone back

Wolfgang von Schwarzenfeld's sculptures in a Berlin park were meant to promote peace, but the German now finds himself at war with a Venezuelan tribe, which accuses him of stealing a sacred pink stone known to them as "Grandmother".

The Venezuelan government is championing the Pemon Indians of the "Gran Sabana" region by demanding the return of the polished stone from Berlin's Tiergarten park.

Furry friend loses bearings in Boston

A male black bear captured on Cape Cod earlier this month, where it was tranquilised and moved to central Massachusetts, showed up again on Tuesday just six miles from Boston.

State officials said they had captured the bear in a tree in the Chestnut Hill area of Brookline, just west of Boston.

Students to retake exam after error

Fifty gifted students have been disqualified from an exam after teachers mistakenly told them they could take books in with them, a school has said.

The year 11 pupils at Kenton School in Newcastle will have to resit their English language and literature AS-levels as a result.

Mobster's jewels up for auction

A stash of jewels linked to American mobster Frank Calabrese Sr is to go up for auction.

FBI agents found a hoard of jewellery in a secret compartment behind a family portrait in Calabrese's suburban Chicago home during a raid two years ago. Calabrese was one of several mobsters convicted in 2009.

Irish Independent

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