Wednesday 22 November 2017

Three shot near school

Three people were shot in or near a high school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and police are searching for a gunman. Pittsburgh school district spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said three students were shot outside Brashear High School yesterday afternoon as they walked to a vehicle they'd all taken to school.

Their injuries appear to be non-life-threatening. Two were grazed in the head and one was shot in both the foot and arm. She said that the victims were not on school property but close by. It's not clear who shot them.

KEEP IT IN THE RANKS

Senegal's army officers can no longer wed colleagues below their pay grade. That's the message sent to military personnel via a presidential decree signed in late October.

Women were first authorised to join the ranks of Senegal's famously disciplined army in 2008.

DIAMOND SOLD FOR €55M

The 'Pink Star', a huge flawless pink diamond, was auctioned for 68m Swiss francs (€55m) in Geneva yesterday, a world record price for a gemstone, Sotheby's said.

The oval-shaped diamond, mounted on a ring, weighed in at 59.60 carats. It was bought by a man bidding in the room, who told reporters that he was buying it on behalf of an anonymous person whom he represented.

RARE COMIC FOR SALE

A rare 'Superman' comic specially commissioned by a British property tycoon to mark his son's 13th birthday is to be auctioned.

Godfrey Bradman paid £10,000 (€11,900) in 1988 to get the DC Comics team to make a special edition featuring his son Daniel, some friends and family. Around 200 copies of the comic – said to be the most specialised custom-created comic made by the team – were printed.

GEORGE BOOSTS TOURISM

Prince George is boosting interest among US would-be tourists to the UK – assisted by the success of TV shows such as 'Downton Abbey'.

Travellers from long-haul markets such as China and Singapore are also looking to the UK as a possible holiday spot, according to a survey by TripAdvisor. And Prince William and Kate Middleton's baby son is one of the factors helping to lure visitors.

DIDGERI-DOO – DON'T

A man has been arrested in the US accused of bashing a taxi with a didgeridoo in a row over the fare.

The passenger fell asleep during a 20-minute ride to his home in southern California and when they arrived argued with the driver over the fare.

Irish Independent

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