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Monday 11 December 2017

In brief: Balcony clue to Polish death

A YOUNG Polish man found dead on a street may have fallen from his balcony.

Gardai are understood to be treating the death as a tragic accident after the man, aged in his 30s, was discovered on the road in front of his apartment building on Reuben Street, Dublin.

He suffered multiple injuries, including head injuries, in the fall which happened shortly before midnight on Friday.

A post mortem was carried out yesterday.

Singer on rape plot charge

ROCKSTAR Ian Watkins was due in court in Wales today to face allegations of plotting to rape a child.

The 35-year-old Lostprophets vocalist was arrested along with two women earlier this month.

As well as being charged with conspiring to rape a child under the age of 13, he faces five other charges.

They include making, downloading and distributing child pornography and accessing "extreme pornography" -- relating to animals.

The Last Summer singer will appear at Cardiff Crown Court today, his legal team previously said would be denying the charges.

Booze to cure seasickness?

VICTORIAN surgeons used unorthodox medical practices on ships, treating travel sickness with alcohol and vinegar, newly published records say.

More alarming treatments were also used, such as draining blood from a patient to clear impurities, it was revealed in the Royal Navy Medical Journals 1817-1857, published by family history website Ancestry.co.uk.

Other unusual remedies included the use of toxic chemical mercury.

Four killed in Mexico battle

FOUR gunmen have been killed while apparently trying to steal the body of a cartel chieftain in Mexico.

The gunmen wanted to take the body of Angel Enrique Uscanga, nicknamed 'The Pokemon'.

They shot at marines after they arrived at the building where authorities were keeping the bodies of Uscanga and four others who died in a firefight. The marines shot back and killed the four armed men.

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