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Thursday 5 December 2019

Room at the inn

A homeless woman who gave birth near St Peter's Square has been offered a place to stay by the Vatican.

Italian police said a patrol stopped to help the woman after she gave birth in a square just beyond Vatican territory in the early hours of the morning, when temperatures were hovering around freezing.

Pope Francis's charity official, Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, visited the mother and baby in hospital and offered her a place for a year at a Vatican-owned residence.

Lost U-boat is found

A German U-boat lost for more than 100 years has been uncovered on a seabed off the coast of East Anglia.

The submarine, named the SM U-31, left Germany on January 13 1915, never to return. Engineers working on a wind farm project east of Norfolk and Suffolk unearthed the wreck about 90km offshore.

Snow way to drive

An 80-year-old man has been charged after driving a car that was almost completely covered in snow, with only a portion of the windscreen on the driver's side cleared.

Canadian police spotted a car resembling a pile of snow on the road in Brussels, Ontario. The man was charged with having an obstructed view.

Police said the man claimed he was too old and weak to brush it off and that he was just going for a short drive. The officer cleared the snow from the man's car and let him on his way.

Ghost passengers

Taxi drivers working in towns in north-east Japan that were devastated in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami are reporting picking up "ghost passengers".

At least seven drivers in the coastal town of Ishinomaki, where nearly 6,000 people died after it was battered by a tsunami, claimed to have encountered phantom fares.

The men were among more than 100 drivers interviewed by Yuka Kudo, a student of sociology at Tohoku Gakuin University, as part of her graduation thesis.

Spelling mistake

A 10-year-old Muslim boy was quizzed by police after mistakenly writing that he lived in a "terrorist house" rather than a "terraced house".

The youngster made the error during an English lesson at a Lancashire school, and the following day police arrived at his home to interview him and examine the family laptop. The boy's family asked for the police and school to apologise.

Irish Independent

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