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Friday 15 December 2017

Irishman (19) drowns in Oz

A 19-year-old Irishman has drowned in Australia.

Damien Crosby got into difficulties while swimming in a reservoir in Queensland with his cousin yesterday evening.

The teenager, from Carrickmacross in Co Monaghan, had been living and working in Australia on a year-long visa.

He was due to return home in June.

Carrickmacross parish priest Monsignor Vincent Connolly said Mr Crosby's parents were devastated.



Half of women want breast op

More than half of women would love to alter the size or shape of their breasts, according to a poll out today.

Nine out of 10 wish they could enhance their assets without resorting to cosmetic surgery, while 42pc would like liposuction to remove tummy fat.

The data showed 55pc of women would like to alter their breasts and 89pc of those would choose a non-surgical option like an injectable filler.



'Virtual rabbit' toy released

Retailers are hoping for a repeat of hit Christmas toy the Go Go Hamster with the release of a 'virtual rabbit' companion in time for Easter.

The Zhu Zhu Fluffy Bunny shares all the attributes of the battery-powered hamster, including a sensor in its nose that prevents it from bumping into obstacles.

The latest "hassle-free pet" makes up to 40 sounds from squeals and squeaks in "adventure" mode or coos and purrs in "nurturing" mode.



Internet fuels wildlife trade

Conservationists have said the internet has emerged as one of the greatest threats fuelling the illegal wildlife trade, making it easier to buy everything from live baby lions to wine made from tiger bones, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species was told in Qatar.

The web's impact was the focus of the meeting of the 175-nation group in Doha.

Iran also proposed a trade ban on the Kaiser's spotted newt, which the World Wildlife Fund says has been devastated by the internet trade.

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