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‘Grammar vigilante’ tackles shop signs

London A self-confessed "grammar vigilante" has been secretly correcting bad punctuation on street signs and shop fronts in England's south-west for more than a decade. The anonymous crusader carries out his work in the dead of night in Bristol using the "Apostrophiser" a long-handled tool he created to reach the highest signs. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the BBC...

Pirates seize Indian vessel

Bosasso (Somalia) Pirates have hijacked an Indian commercial vessel off the coast of Somalia, the second attack in weeks after years without such seizures, industry and security sources said overnight. United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which co-ordinates shipping in the Gulf of Aden area, said it had received information a dhow had been hijacked "in the vicinity of Socotra (Island)". It named...

NSW residents enter flood-hit homes

Sydney Sitting on a muddy chair in front of her flood-ravaged Lismore home, Georgena Schulz is counting small blessings. She says her household lost almost everything when about half a metre of water inundated the second storey during the town's near-record flood. "I said if my guitar was all right then I wouldn't complain about anything else," she said as her brother and friend...

Game of Thrones actor plays hard-case Irish private investigator

Galway, in western Ireland, may seem a world away from the fantasy landscapes of Game of Thrones, but it is familiar ground for Scottish actor Iain Glen. Perhaps best known as Ser Jorah Mormont in the epic series, Glen has spent quite a bit of time in Ireland in the past few years. Much of Thrones is filmed in Northern...

Families flee ahead of flooding

Brisbane Families are moving out of low-lying parts of Rockhampton, and extra emergency crews have moved into the central Queensland city as it braces for the worst flooding in more than 60 years. The Fitzroy River is rising and are expected to peak of 9.4m on Wednesday or Thursday. At that level flooding will be worse than what was seen in 2011...

‘Papal tyranny’ catches up with Pope

Carpi (Italy) Perhaps the last thing Pope Francis expected to find during a visit to the northern Italian city of Carpi overnight was a huge 136-year-old plaque honouring the victims of "papal tyranny". The Pope passed right by the plaque while standing in his white open popemobile after saying Mass in a square a few dozen metres away during a day-long...

Teen charged over Facebook live rape

Chicago A teenager has been charged over the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl that was streamed live on Facebook. Chicago police arrested the 14-year-old boy and charged him with aggravated criminal assault, manufacturing of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography. Police say the boy was involved in the video which allegedly shows the teenage girl being raped - it was...

Storybook reading may help with language

London Simple repetition learning techniques could help young children struggling with language to learn vocabulary faster, according to new research. The European study looked at whether repeated storybook reading could help youngsters with specific language impairment (SLI) retain information and words compared to children developing at the typical rate for their age. Working with three-year-old German children, the study built on the...

Four-day-old baby rescued from sinking migrant boat

Rome A four-day-old baby was one of over 480 migrants rescued by humanitarian ships yesterday during search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean Sea. The baby was travelling on one of two rubber boats carrying over 200 migrants from northern and central Africa, Sri Lanka and Yemen and seen drifting some 40km north of the Libyan town of Sabratha, the most frequently...

Buzz Aldrin to take flight again

Melbourne United States astronaut Buzz Aldrin will take flight once again, this time with the world-renowned Thunderbirds at the Melbourne Air and Space Show in Florida. Aldrin was the second man on the moon, piloting the Apollo 11 and following Neil Armstrong on to the lunar surface in 1969. Now 87, the retired air force colonel will be the oldest person...
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