Tuesday 11 December 2018

World Digest


World news in brief Oldest woman dies THE world's oldest woman died yesterday, just six days short of her 115th birthday. Former domestic help Eva Morris, who attributed her longevity to a daily tot of Bell's whisky and boiled onions, died peacefully in her sleep at the Autumn House Nursing Home in Stone, Staffordshire.

Millions flock to pop priest

AN open-air Mass in Sao Paolo featuring pop-star priest Marcelo Rossi drew more than two million people, the largest crowd to attend a Catholic celebration in Brazil since the 1997 visit of Pope John Paul II.

Organisers said they were surprised by the massive turnout for yesterday's nationally televised event, which last year drew 600,000.

Five killed in jail riot

TURKISH security forces yesterday stormed a jail where five people were killed in a riot in which inmates threw hostages to their deaths from windows.

Rioters at Usak prison in western Turkey were still holding 29 members of staff and other inmates hostage but, faced with further intervention by paramilitary police, had agreed to surrender this morning.

Mental test for Pinochet

A CHILEAN court yesterday ruled that former dictator Augusto Pinochet, currently in a military hospital recovering from pneumonia, must undergo psychological tests ahead of any trial for alleged human rights abuses.

The decision was a defeat for Pinochet's lawyers who wanted independent doctors to also carry out physical tests, arguing his physical state not his mental condition impeded him from mapping out a defence strategy.

£500,000 for quiz queen

MOTHER-of-two Kate Heusser last night became the biggest female prize winner on British TV as she picked up stg£500,000.

The 44-year-old, who lives near Brighton, is only the second stg£500,000 winner on ITV's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? since it launched 26 months ago.

Ex-terrorist to keep medals

A SPANISH Paralympian exposed as a convicted terrorist will not be stripped of the five gold medals he won in Sydney as he did not break competition rules.

Sebastian Rodriguez (43) won his medals in swimming. Fifteen years ago he was sentenced to 84 years' jail for his role in the murder of business leader Rafael Padura while a member of an armed organisation known as GRAPO. A hunger strike in jail disabled him for life but he told Paralympic officials his disability was caused by a car accident.

Yugoslavia back in UN

THE EU yesterday welcomed the decision to admit Yugoslavia to the UN after eight years of international isolation.

A statement from the EU presidency, currently held by France, said it marked an essential step in Yugoslavia's full reintegration into the international community and an important step toward reconciliation, peace and stability in the region.

Foul-mouth toy recalled

THOUSANDS of talking toy Tiggers were withdrawn from sale in Britain by Disney yesterday after complaints that it growls the word `w****r'.

A man from Gateshead, who bought the toy for his girlfriend, claims he heard the unexpected expletive after squeezing the animal's foot. But Disney insisted the 12-inch `back pack' cuddly toy, costing £16, is actually saying "I'm Tigger".

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