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Written in stone

AN ancient stone with mysterious Hebrew writing and featuring the archangel Gabriel is going on display in Jerusalem as scholars debate the inscription's meaning.

The stone, said to have been found 13 years ago in Jordan, is said to be the most important inscription found in the area since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Diplomat in shop row

A SUPERMARKET altercation involving Ecuador's ambassador to Peru has led to calls for his expulsion.

Ambassador Rodrigo Riofrio allegedly struck and kicked a Peruvian mother and daughter after accusing the two of queue jumping. Ecuador's embassy apologised but said it did not accept the women's version of events.

Leader cheets death

AN over-excited cheetah which jumped from behind a fence has been blamed for scratching the leader of Botswana.

President Ian Khama needed two stitches to his nose after the encounter, described as "a freak accident, not an attack".

Spider-Man's catch

LOS Angeles police are searching for a man in a Spider-Man costume who snatched $6,000 (€4,500) from a tour company office on Hollywood Boulevard.

Hollywood's Walk of Fame area is popular with street performers who dress as movie characters and try to earn tips by posing for photos with tourists.

14 dead in drug war

FOURTEEN people died in clashes between members of a "community police" group and a drugs gang in the Mexican state of Michoacan.

A state police investigator says officials found the bodies in three towns of the Tierra Caliente, or the 'Hot Country'. The officer said gunmen working for a drug cartel attacked the vigilantes as they stood guard at roadblocks.

Teacher avoids jail

A FORMER New Jersey county 'Teacher of the Year' who admits having sex with a 15-year-old student from her English class has been spared prison.

A judge in Newark yesterday sentenced 33-year-old Erica DePalo to lifetime parole supervision. She must also forfeit her teaching certificate and register as a sex offender. A tearful DePalo apologised.

Irish Independent