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Wednesday 13 December 2017

'Genocide' plea by grandson

A Northern Ireland man who believes his grandfather was killed and buried in an Armenian mass grave has called on the British and Irish governments to recognise the deaths as genocide.

Paul Manook said his grandfather was lined up alongside other men in a village in modern-day eastern Turkey by Ottoman Turkish soldiers a century ago. He was never seen again.

Turkey denies Armenian claims that up to 1.5 million people died in an act of genocide during the First World War when troops targeted the Christian minority.

Bond villain dies at home

Louis Jourdan, the dashingly handsome Frenchman who starred in Gigi, Can-Can, Three Coins In The Fountain and the villain in the James Bond movie Octopussy, has died at 93.

The actor died on Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills. His death was thought to be from natural causes, his biographer Olivier Minne said.

Man gored by bull at festival

An American man is recovering in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Salamanca, Spain, after being savagely gored during a bullfighting festival.

Benjamin Miller (20), from Georgia, was gored and tossed by a large fighting bull on Saturday, the first day of nearby Ciudad Rodrigo's Carnaval del Toro.

"It's not the worst injury I've seen, but it's the biggest goring wound I've ever had to operate on," Dr Enrique Crespo said.

Passenger's scorpion terror

A scorpion stung a woman on the hand just before her internal US flight from Los Angeles to Portland took off.

The flight was taxiing on the runway when the passenger was stung, an Alaska Airlines spokesman said.

The plane returned to the gate, and the woman was checked by medics. She refused additional medical treatment, but she didn't get back on the plane.

The woman stomped the scorpion to death, and flight attendants checked overhead compartments for any additional unwanted arachnids.

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