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In Brief: Al Gore to join hunger talks

FORMER US Vice President Al Gore will be among the global leaders in Dublin next month to examine the links between climate change, hunger and poor nutrition.

Presidents Michael D Higgins, Mary Robinson and Joyce Banda from Malawi will also take part in a conference that aims to put people at the heart of global development.

The international conference, entitled Hunger – Nutrition – Climate Justice, will be held in Dublin Castle on April 15 and 16 as part of Ireland's presidency of the European Union.


Audi to qualify its fuel figures

Audi-maker Volkswagen has been ordered to qualify its advertised fuel consumption figures to reflect that they might not match the reality of "real" driving by consumers.

Audi's website claimed that its A3 TDI achieved a "quite remarkable" 68.9 miles per gallon (mpg).

But one driver said the figure was misleading and challenged if it could be substantiated.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) concluded that "VW should have qualified the figure to make clear to readers that it was based on an EU test for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results".


Love package sparked scare

A package marked "Army" sparked a bomb scare in Utah, but turned out to be just part of an elaborate plan by a man trying to ask a girl to a dance.

Police rushed to a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple after the package was placed near a gazebo.

The investigation ended when officers were told it was part of a treasure hunt, and contained sweets and a note asking a girl to a dance.


Ford won't talk Star Wars, yet

Harrison Ford isn't ready – "yet" – to talk about his reported part in Disney's planned Star Wars sequel, but he praised its director, J.J. Abrams.

"I think he's fantastic," Ford said in a recent interview.

Asked how he feels about the sequel, Ford responded: "I don't feel anything at the moment yet."