Monday 18 December 2017

Toilet paper takeover

A toilet paper factory is to be temporarily taken over by the Venezuelan government to ensure consistent supplies after embarrassing shortages.

Critics of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the nagging shortages of products ranging from toilet paper to milk are a sign that his socialist government's rigid price and currency controls are failing.


FRENCH police found a record haul of €200m of cocaine hidden in suitcases on an Air France flight from Venezuela's capital Caracas to Paris, police have said.

The suitcases were registered under false names that did not correspond to passengers on the flight to Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport, police sources said yesterday. Air France said it was still trying to find out how the drugs were smuggled on board.


Hong Kong felt the full force of the year's biggest typhoon last night as Typhoon Usagi made landfall east of the territory, with heavy rain and wind up to 100 miles an hour.

The Hong Kong Observatory raised the T8 storm signal, the third highest warning on a five-level scale.


The multi-billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros (83) married 42-year-old education consultant Tamiko Bolton at the weekend in New York.

His five children were among guests at the ceremony on Saturday, which was followed by a reception at the Caramoor Centre for Music and the Arts. Bono was among the guests.


Sri Lanka's main ethnic Tamil party won a convincing victory in the country's northern provincial elections, according to results released yesterday, in what has been seen as a resounding call for wider regional autonomy in areas ravaged by 25 years of civil war.

The Tamil National Alliance will form the first functioning provincial government in the northern Tamil heartland after securing 30 out of 38 seats.

Irish Independent

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