Thursday 22 August 2019

Two hopefuls left in IMF race

France's Christine Lagarde and Mexico's Agustin Carstens are the two remaining candidates to be the managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

Israel's central banker, a former number two at the IMF, said he has been disqualified from the race for the group's top job because of his age.

At 67, Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer is two years above the age limit of 65 that the IMF has set for an incoming managing director.

780-year-old relic is stolen

A 780-year-old Catholic relic was stolen from a church near Los Angeles, just hours after it was put on display.

Police said the relic was taken from a cabinet inside St Anthony's Church in Long Beach yesterday.

Parish staff last saw it at 6am yesterday when they opened the church.

The church had put it on display for the feast of St Anthony, the patron saint of missing items and lost causes.

Syrians flee to safety in Turkey

Syrians have streamed across the border into neighbouring Turkey, finding sanctuary in refugee camps ringed by barbed wire and offering a frightening picture of life back home where a deadly crackdown on dissent is fueling a popular revolt.

Turkey's prime minister has accused Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime of "savagery", but also said he would reach out to the Syrian leader to help solve the crisis. Still, many of the nearly 7,000 refugees in Turkey say they expect their government to inflict more violence and pain.

I don't buy music -- Evans

He presides over Britain's most listened to radio show, but Chris Evans has admitted that he does not buy music or even have a record collection.

Evans (45), who took over the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show from Terry Wogan last year, said he lost his "massive collection" of records while working as a mobile DJ, when they fell out of the back of his car.

He said: "I only listen to music when I'm on air or on the radio at home."

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