Thursday 23 November 2017

Saudi woman faces driving trial

A Saudi lawyer and rights advocates say authorities will bring a Saudi activist to trial for defying the kingdom's female driving ban.

Lawyer Waleed Aboul Khair says Najalaa Harrir was summoned for questioning by the prosecutor general in the port city of Jeddah on Sunday, the same day that Saudi King Abdullah introduced reforms giving women the right to vote. Ms Harrir recently appeared in a TV show while driving her car in Jeddah.

Pregnant Lily is 'Fat Controller'

Lily Allen has failed to see the funny side after her husband dubbed her his "little Fat Controller".

The 26-year-old singer and fashion designer is seven months' pregnant, but did not appreciate her husband, Sam Cooper, teasing her about her baby bump. Allen, on Twitter, said: "My husband just called me his 'little Fat Controller' -- like off of Thomas the Tank Engine, so not LOL."

Man in court over pill tampering

A man was remanded in custody yesterday accused of contaminating packs of the painkiller Nurofen Plus with anti-psychotic and anti-epileptic drugs.

Christopher McGuire (30) of no fixed address, appeared in a brief hearing at West London Magistrates' Court. The maximum sentence if convicted is 10 years in jail. He will appear in court again on December 2.

'Uptight' Salt Lake City has Undie Run

Thousands of people stripped to their underwear and ran through Salt Lake City to protest what they called the "uptight" laws of Utah.

Undie Run organiser Nate Porter says the goal was to organise people frustrated by the conservative nature of the state's politics.

100 anteaters saved from fork

Nearly 100 endangered pangolins worth about €23,000 and destined to be sold and eaten have been saved in Thailand.

The anteaters were seized from a truck in the southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan. They were en route to either Vietnam or China.

Burger chain sued by 20-stone man

An American is suing the country's White Castle hamburger chain claiming the booths in one of its restaurants are too small.

Martin Kessman claims he was embarrassed in 2009 when he tried squeezing his 20.5 stone frame into the seating and hit his knee on a table leg, causing him pain.

Irish Independent

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