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Doris Day discovers she is two years older

American star Doris Day has received a birthday surprise she has discovered that she is 95, not 93. The actress and singer known for films including Pillow Talk and Move Over Darling thought she was turning 93 this week, having pegged her age to a 1924 birth date. However, a copy of Day's birth certificate, obtained by the Associated Press, has...

British drone spying, nuisance incidents soar

London Police in Britain are being flooded with reports about drones after a dramatic surge in incidents sparked by the devices, an investigation reveals. The flying gadgets are at the centre of thousands of episodes registered by forces, including rows between neighbours, prison smuggling, burglary "scoping" exercises, mid-air near misses and snooping fears. Figures show the number of incidents logged by police...

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...

254 die in Colombian landslip, floods

Mocoa (Colombia) Flooding and mudslides in the Colombian city of Mocoa sent torrents of water and debris crashing on to houses early on Saturday morning (Colombian time), killing 254 people, injuring hundreds and sending terrified residents, some in their pajamas, scrambling to evacuate. Heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks on to buildings and roads in the...

US will take on North Korea — Trump

London The United States is prepared to act unilaterally to tackle the North Korean nuclear threat if China fails to help, President Donald Trump warned in an interview with the Financial Times. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are to meet for the first time in Florida on April 6 and 7, when the two are expected to discuss North Korea,...

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...
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