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Pippa gets job as TV reporter

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton is to become a correspondent for NBC's Today show.

Middleton (31) is said to be taking part in a test shoot in Utah before being signed up for regular reports on lifestyle and health.

The chocolate-loving party planner, who was propelled into the spotlight thanks to the royal wedding in 2011, gave her first ever TV interview to the show in June.

Gang rob police of their guns

Two South African police officers were robbed of their guns and locked in their van near Johannesburg.

Three men were later arrested after a group attacked the policemen while they were having lunch at a roadside vendor in a township north of the city. They were taken into custody after hijacking another vehicle.

Bystanders helped free the police officers from the van and the two guns stolen were retrieved.

People confide in pet rabbits

Many people are more likely to share secrets with their pets than with a friend, partner or family member, a survey suggests.

A Blue Cross UK poll found more than one in three owners had told their pet a secret that they had not confessed to anyone else.

The figure rose to more than half among those who own rabbits, with 57pc confessing they would turn to their pet to tell them a secret.

Blue Cross cares for thousands of unwanted animals every year, including many rabbits that have been abandoned by their owners.

Rare Van Gogh fetches €50m

A rare painting by Vincent van Gogh sold for $61.8m (€50m) at a sale kicking off New York's autumn auctions of impressionist and modern art. The record for a van Gogh is $82.5m (€66m).

The 1890 painting, Still Life, Vase With Daisies and Poppies, was expected to fetch between $30m and $50m at Sotheby's in Manhattan.

Van Gogh painted the bouquet of wildflowers at the French home of his physician, Dr Paul Gachet. It is one of the few works he sold during his lifetime.