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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Tycoon's daughter held

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The daughter of a South Korean tycoon who is believed to be the owner of a ferry that sank last month, leaving more than 300 people dead or missing, has been arrested in France, police said.

Yoo Somena was detained at her home near the Champs-Elysees in Paris, officials said. French officers were acting on an international arrest warrant issued on May 8 by South Korean officials on suspicion that she was involved in embezzlement from 2004 to 2013. Ms Yoo (47) is the daughter of Yoo Byung-eun, a mysterious billionaire.

FIRE AT NATIVITY CHURCH

A fire broke out yesterday at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, causing damage near the place where Jesus is thought to have been born.

Father Ibrahim Faltas, a church official, said the fire was accidental. "The curtains around the grotto caught fire from a candle and that is all that happened," he said. It occurred just a few days after Pope Francis visited the site. The church is built over the grotto where tradition says Jesus was born.

BOSNIAN BODIES FOUND

Last week's record flooding in Bosnia has uncovered human remains experts believe belong to people who went missing during the country's 1992-95 war.

Bosnia's Institute for Missing Persons said teams fixing power lines damaged by the floods discovered the remains near the northern town of Doboj after the water receded. Nearly 30,000 people went missing during the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s.

PHARRELL GETS HAPPY

Pharrell Williams says everyone should be able to celebrate their joy – including Iranian youths who were arrested for posting an internet video of them dancing to his song 'Happy'.

Iranian laws ban women from dancing in public. Williams says he has "the utmost respect for people's religious views" and doesn't know much about Iranian law. But he added: "If you just want to celebrate your happiness, you should be allowed to do that."

HUNT FOR MISSING PAIR

Police are searching for a man and his three-year-old daughter who have been missing for two days. Ewan Powell was last seen on Saturday morning at Tanith Powell's home in Worcestershire, England, according to Thames Valley Police.

A force spokesman said the 42-year-old's disappearance was out of character. Mr Powell is white, 5ft 10ins, medium build, with short brown hair. Tanith is white, 3ft 3ins, slim, with brown hair.

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