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Friday 18 August 2017

Heroin dealers left in a pickle

German authorities have seized 330 kilograms of heroin worth an estimated €50m that smugglers brought to Europe hidden in a shipment of bottled pickles and garlic from Iran.

A Syrian-Iraqi organised crime ring that has operated for years is believed to be behind the attempt to import the drugs, seized around the western city of Essen, the Federal Criminal Police Office said.

Police said the months-long investigation was part of efforts to target international organised crime.

Actress Patton files for divorce

Paula Patton has filed for divorce from Robin Thicke and is asking for joint custody of their son.

The Precious and 2 Guns actress filed for divorce from the Blurred Lines singer in Los Angeles, citing "irreconcilable differences".

The 38-year-old actress and 37-year-old singer announced they were separating in February after nine years of marriage. They have a 4-year-old son.

Lisa gets up to rise and shine

Breakfast presenter Lisa Snowdon put a new twist on "rise and shine" yesterday as she hit new heights to brave a stint as a window cleaner on the Shard in London.

She brought a bit of sparkle to Britain's tallest building by stepping outside the upper floors of the landmark skyscraper to polish the glass.

Her new role was a forfeit during a day of charity activities for Global Radio's Make Some Noise campaign which is being aired across the company's stations.

Beer yeasts now attracting flies

The flavours that make beer taste good to humans are thought to have evolved to attract flies to help yeast disperse into broader ecosystems, scientists have suggested.

Beer yeasts produce chemicals that mimic the aroma of fruits in order to appeal to flies that can transport the yeast cells, a study carried out in Belgium found.

As well as converting sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide, yeast cells also produce several aroma compounds that are key for the taste, flavour and overall quality of beer.

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