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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Motorist furious after police wrongly accused him of driving without insurance then posted picture of his seized car on Twitter…and it cost him £150 to release it: “A driver had to pay £150 to have his car released after police wrongly accused him of driving without insurance – and tweeted a photo of the seized car before he could prove his innocence. Nathan Phipps, 34, was left stranded at the side of the A19 near Skipton, North Yorkshire when police pulled him over as he was taking his newly-bought Renault Clio for a test drive. The security guard, from Earby, Lancashire, was questioned by officers and told he was being charged with driving without insurance – an offence which carries a £300 fine and six penalty points. The next day, Mr Phipps took his insurance documents to the station, proving he had third party insurance and the charges were dropped. But Mr Phipps still have to pay £150 to have his car released – despite it being unfairly seized. Now the father–of-one has lodged an official complaint against the North Yorkshire officer who stopped him on September 18.”

The world’s poorest president: “HE lives in a rundown one-bedroom house he has shared with his wife of more than 30 years and his lifestyle is a far cry from other world leaders. So it’s little wonder Uruguay President Jose Mujica, who reportedly earns around $12,000 a year and donates 90 per cent of it to charity, has been nicknamed the world’s poorest president. Compared to US President Barack Obama who earns $400,000 in his role, and Prime Minister Tony Abbott, $500,000, Mujica is far from wealthy, but he is rich in many other ways. The popular leader not only legalised gay marriage, abortion and marijuana, but unlike most politicians seems widely liked by his own people and many others. The Uruguayan leader is guarded by two police officers and Manuela, a three-legged dog, the BBC reported. Mujica also drives around in an old VW Beetle ditching opulence in favour of what works.”

Potato salad festival: “A MAN in Ohio who raised $US55,000 in a crowdfunding jest appeal to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad has thrown a huge public party that promised “peace, love and potato salad”. POTATOSTOCK 2014 was held in downtown Columbus and featured bands, food trucks, beer vendors and, yes, plenty of potato salad. With more than 1360 kilograms of potatoes, the charity-minded party was open to people of all ages. Zack Brown had jokingly sought $US10 on Kickstarter in July to buy potato salad ingredients, but his mission drew global attention and earned tens of thousands of dollars. The Idaho Potato Commission and corporate sponsors donated potato salad supplies for the party. Brown is partnering with the Columbus Foundation to support charities that fight hunger and homelessness. The account started with $US20,000 in post-campaign corporate donations and will grow after proceeds from PotatoStock are added.”

Man allegedly broke into woman’s home climbed into bed with her: “A BRISBANE man allegedly broke into a sleeping woman’s home, got into bed beside her and whispered that he thought she was very beautiful. Mark Davies, 58, will remain behind bars after briefly fronting the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday charged with entering a dwelling, sexual assault and for possessing a small amount of cannabis. Police prosecutor Sgt Scott Pearson said Davies broke into a 32-year-old woman’s home at Nathan sometime between 11.30pm Friday and 1am Saturday. Sgt Pearson said the woman woke to the sound of her bed “creaking”. He said she rolled over and saw a man laying in the bed beside her. Davies allegedly whispered to the woman: “You are beautiful” and “I’m loving you”. The court was told the accused continued to speak to the woman, even taking her right hand and kissing it. Sgt Pearson said the woman asked the man to please leave her home. When he backed away he said: “I don’t want to disturb you and I don’t want to wake your son.” The court was told police found Davies walking down the street nearby. Sgt Pearson said the man consented to a police interview but it largely consisted of “incoherent ramblings”.”

A real Mercenary Mum: “FORMER Australian Army officer Neryl Joyce has been “to hell and back” since quitting the military in pursuit of adventure as a private security contractor in war-torn Iraq. The mercenary mum — who worked in Iraq from 2004 to 2006 — says her “self-belief, courage and a never-say-die attitude” took her from working at Woolworths to becoming a Baghdad bodyguard, but also almost got her killed. Working for two of the most powerful security companies in Baghdad, Joyce — who had served as a commissioned officer in the Australian Army’s close personal protection unit — was responsible for protecting high-threat targets from assassination and opportune attack in the lead up to, and following, Iraq’s first democratic election since 1953. “When I heard about (private security work) I was instantly attracted to it because I wanted to do something that was about more than just me. And while Joyce loved the military, the money she earned in Iraq was more than she’d ever receive as a single mum in the Army. In April 2005 — the day Joyce was supposed to leave Iraq — her teammates, were ambushed on Route Irish in Baghdad. Joyce would have been there with her team if it had not been for a medical emergency.”

Tyrant has gout: “NORTH Korean state media has confirmed that leader Kim Jong-Un is suffering “discomfort”, in its first comment on health issues believed to be behind his three week absence from public view. He is believed to be suffering from gout, according to South Korean media that have quoted an informed source. “Kim Jong-un is suffering from gout, which is why he is limping on both legs,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Kim’s health was believed to have deteriorated due to his frequent drinking and overeating. The source also noted that gout runs in his family. The North Korean leader’s grandfather, father and elder brother all reportedly suffered from the illness, the report said. Gout is often caused by obesity, a high calorie diet, drinking and a lack of exercise. Genetic factors also play a big role.”

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