Saturday 18 November 2017

Woman 'called her ex 65,000 times'

Dutch prosecutors have charged a 42-year-old woman with stalking after she allegedly called her ex-boyfriend 65,000 times in the past year.

The 62-year-old victim, who denied they ever had a relationship, filed a police complaint in August due to the persistent phone calls. Police arrested the woman, seizing several cell phones and computers from her home in Rotterdam.

Gay men can give blood in Britain

Britain is to lift the ban on gay men donating blood -- as long as their last sexual contact with another man was more than one year ago.

Yesterday's decision reverses a policy first adopted in the 1980s over AIDS fears. Other countries, including Australia, Japan, South Africa, Sweden and New Zealand, also allow gay men to donate blood with similar conditions.

Wind postpones NASA mission

High winds have forced the postponement of the launch of Nasa's newest moon spacecraft.

An unmanned rocket was supposed to blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, yesterday with twin probes, but the countdown was halted because of gusty wind in the flight path. Nasa will try again today. The Grail mission is the first in more than 50 years of lunar exploration that is dedicated to measuring the moon's gravity.

Witherspoon hit by car during run

Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon was last night recovering after being hit by a car while jogging in Santa Monica, California.

"The actress was not seriously injured and is resting comfortably at home," her spokeswoman said.

Tajikistan plans to make longest flag

The Central Asian nation of Tajikistan plans to mark its 20th anniversary by unfurling what it says will be the world's longest flag. The flag will stretch 1.3 miles.

Tajikistan has developed something of an obsession with breaking flag records. Last month, it unveiled the world's tallest unsupported flagpole, at 541ft.

Teacher fired over students' fight

A school board in Omaha, Nebraska, has fired a 39-year-old teacher accused of taking two students outside a school building to settle their differences with a fight.

The board dismissed Patrick Kocsis, who was cited on two counts of child neglect. The incident was caught on a security camera.

Irish Independent

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