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Warm welcome for Beckham baby

Friends have congratulated David and Victoria Beckham after they became parents for the fourth time -- to daughter Harper Seven. The baby was delivered at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Victoria's former Spice Girls colleagues Mel B and Emma Bunton were among those who expressed their joy following the birth.

Staff stunned to find gun on plane

Authorities are trying to determine how a stun gun got aboard a JetBlue plane that landed at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport.

The crew was cleaning up at 10.20pm on Friday after the flight arrived from Boston and found the stun gun tucked into the back of a seat.

Presenter Britton shows off tattoo

Presenter Fern Britton said she is "enjoying a disgraceful middle age" by getting a new tattoo.

The 53-year-old, who became a familiar face on television during her stints on 'Ready Steady Cook' and 'This Morning', described herself as "a work in progress".

Skydiver killed in mid-air collision

A skydiving instructor was killed after a collision with another skydiver during a jump in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Ash White died after the collision on Sunday. The other skydiver, who was able to open his parachute and land safely, suffered only scrapes. Mr White was an experienced skydiver who worked for Skydive Hawaii based at Dillingham Airfield.

$60,000 bid for moon flag fabric

A strip of fabric shorn from the flag planted on the moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts pulled in a top bid of $60,000 (€42,700) at a Los Angeles auction.

But the bid did not meet the reserve price of $95,000 (€67,500) so the flag remains unsold.

Chavez improving after operation

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez appears to have made it through his recent illness and is improving after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumour, Bolivia's leader Evo Morales said yesterday.

Mr Morales, a close ally of Mr Chavez who visited him in Caracas, told a Colombian radio station: "He's very well, very well."

Big newborn takes mum by surprise

A Texas mother expected a big baby, but nothing like this: 16lb 1oz.

Janet Johnson was still in an East Texas hospital last night after giving birth to what her doctors called one of the biggest newborns they've ever seen. She was awaiting word from the state to see whether her son, JaMichael Brown, ranked among the biggest births in Texas history.

Qantas faces big bill on carbon tax

Australia's tax on carbon emissions will cost national carrier Qantas €84-€87m for the 2013 financial year and lead to an increase in passenger fares, the airline says.

The airline is one of the first of the nation's major companies to release details of the financial impact of the tax, which will force the 500 worst polluters to pay €17 for every tonne of carbon they emit.

Staff in Zimbabwe ministry arrested

Police have arrested five employees of Zimbabwe's finance ministry, which is controlled by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party, state media said.

Reports said the five arrested employees were detained on suspicion of taking unauthorised trips and breaking purchasing rules.

Irish Independent