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Thursday 19 July 2018

In brief: Oz MP probed in brothel row

Australian police are investigating whether an MP committed a crime by allegedly using a union credit card to pay for prostitutes -- an accusation which, if proven, could bring down the minority government.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard clings to power with one seat, but her Labour government would be swept from office if elections were held today, according to polls.

Labour backbench MP Craig Thomson, a former health union boss, has strongly denied using the union's credit card for brothel services before he was elected to parliament. He says his signature was forged by a friend.



ADHD link to poor spelling

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to have writing problems such as poor spelling and grammar than their peers, according to a study.

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, close to 10pc of children aged four to 17 in the US have been diagnosed with ADHD, a number that has been on the rise.

The study, led by Slavica Katusic from the Mayo Clinic, included close to 6,000 children.



Will takes pop



at talent shows

Singer Will Young has taken a pop at today's TV talent shows, calling them "sensational".

Young (32), the first winner of Pop Idol, which spawned the likes of The X Factor, said there was a danger that talent shows would end up "hoodwinking" viewers.

The chart star said: "They're [talent shows] much more sensational now. But I don't think the shows were ever about the music. Programme-makers are only ever concerned with creating great TV shows."



Biden to meet



quake victims

US Vice President Joe Biden has met with Japan's prime minister Naoto Kan to show support for tsunami recovery efforts, before heading to the devastated north-eastern coast.

Biden is scheduled to visit residents who lost their homes in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and are now living in temporary housing.

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