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Sunday 25 February 2018

Weight Watchers in sacking dispute

A Brazilian woman is suing Weight Watchers International after it fired her for gaining nearly three stone.

A court spokesman said Weight Watchers claimed it was justified in sacking her because she failed to keep her weight at an agreed level.

US police hunt 'mountain man'

Police are searching for a mountain man who roams the wilderness of southern Utah, breaking into cabins in winter, stealing provisions, then vanishing for summer.

While there have been no violent confrontations, police say he is a time bomb -- lately he has been leaving the cabins in disarray and riddled with bullets after defacing religious icons.

Latvia says 'No' to Russian language

Latvian voters resoundingly voted 'No' in a referendum on whether to give official status to Russian, the mother tongue of their former Soviet occupiers.

Russian is the first language for about a third of the Baltic country's 2.1 million people. But for ethnic Latvians, the referendum was a brazen attempt to encroach on Latvia's independence.

38 killed in brutal Mexican jail riot

A prison riot in northern Mexico left about 38 people dead yesterday.

A group of inmates in one cell block started to riot and took one of the guards hostage. The riot then spread to a second cell block.

Txt spk author up 4 story prize... LOL

An author who has written in text speak could soon be all smiley faces and LOLs after finding himself in the running for the world's richest short story prize.

Will Cohu's story 'Two Bad Thumbs' features on a long list of 20 titles competing for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2012, which is worth £30,000 (€36,000) to the winner.

Stray dog thwarts prison breakout

A stray dog is getting credit for thwarting a prison breakout in Paraguay.

Officials say three inmates dug a tunnel from their cell to the street and were just about to break free when the dog began to bark and alerted a guard.

Irish Independent

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