Friday 24 November 2017

World News briefs: Russian Railways boss slams Conchita

The head of state-run monopoly Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin
The head of state-run monopoly Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin

A confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday said the bearded drag queen who won the Eurovision Song Contest last weekend, Conchita Wurst, symbolised the West’s “ethno-fascism”.

Russian Railways boss Vladimir Yakunin launched a broad attack on “Western values” at a conference in Berlin.

Boy survives huge fall

A young American boy who survived an 11-storey fall from a tower block is recovering in hospital.

Fifteen-month-old Musa Dayib suffered a broken spine and ribs as well as a concussion and a punctured lung. His relatives believe he slipped through the railing of his family's apartment balcony in Minneapolis.

Granny goes 180mph

A 102-year-old woman said she was disappointed racing great Mario Andretti could not go faster than 180mph during their laps around a speedway track in Indianapolis.

Edith Pittenger, of Muncie, said she had a great time riding with Andretti in a two-seat race car. “He said 180 is the maximum,” she told the ‘Star Press’. “I wanted to do 200, but he wouldn't do that.”

Cat rescues small boy

A California child pulled from his bike by an attacking dog was saved by his family's cat, which quickly rushed in and attacked the dog, a video posted on YouTube showed.

The video shows a young boy playing on a driveway in Bakersfield, when a dog lunges at his leg, grabs hold of it with his jaws and drags him off his bike. But the canine culprit was soon thwarted by the brave cat, which chased the animal away.

Skyscraper sunshade

A skyscraper that was blamed for starting fires and causing damage by reflecting the sun's rays is to be fixed.

The developer of The Walkie Talkie in London, Land Security, said yesterday that it had received planning permission for a sunshade to be attached to the building, with work to start this month.

Real big catch in Ohio

A teenager from Ohio is reeling in attention for a big catch after he spotted a three-foot carp swimming in receding floodwaters on his street.

Sixteen-year-old North Royalton resident Jake Sawyer estimated the large creature weighed about 40lbs. After catching the huge fish, he carried it back to the pond.

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