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Ticketing system for prostitutes

Prostitutes in Bonn, Germany, must carry a ticket bought from a new machine while working the streets or face fines under new rules.

In Germany, sex workers pay income tax but compliance is hard to enforce.

Man hid cocaine in digestive system

A German traveller has been caught with more than 2lbs of cocaine in plastic pellets in his digestive system while trying to board a flight to London from Las Vegas.

Christopher Adiegwu appeared in federal court in Nevada this week on a count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He faces up to 40 years in prison and a €3.3m fine if convicted.

Dench will never give up her career

Oscar-winner Judi Dench has vowed never to retire from acting, saying her career on stage and screen is "like everlasting school".

The actress said: "It's a learning curve all of the time. I think that's very, very good for you and very important; it's like everlasting school."

Red faces over typos in holy book

Iranian publishers are complaining that cost-saving plans to print Korans in China have had embarrassing results -- a slew of typos.

The head of Iran's Koran oversight office says some of the Chinese-printed versions are littered with spelling errors. Ahmad Haji-Sharif warned consumers against the lower-cost Korans.

Boy loses $50,000 prize in twin ruse

A boy who made an incredible hockey shot during a charity event won't collect the $50,000 (€35,000) prize because his twin brother should have taken the shot.

Eleven-year-old Nate Smith hit the puck through a tiny hole 89 feet away at a charity hockey game in Minnesota. But it was Nate's identical twin, Nick, whose raffle ticket won the chance to take the shot. The boys' father, Pat Smith, told organisers the next day. Organisers will now donate $20,000 to charity in the boys' names.

Sordid fantasies ruined star couple

EastEnder Jessie Wallace's former fiance Vince Morse has admitted his "sordid sex fantasies" wrecked the couple's relationship but he still wants them to get back together.

The actress called off their wedding at the last minute after the 50-year-old catering boss admitted sending an explicit picture of the 39-year-old actress to his ex-girlfriend.

Irish Independent