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News Digest: Golfing legend laughs off his accident with a chainsaw


Golf star Greg Norman

Golf star Greg Norman

Golf star Greg Norman

Golf star Greg Norman is recovering from a chainsaw accident that nearly cost him his left hand, but not his sense of humour.

"At least I can still play tennis," Norman said.

He was cutting back trees at his south Florida home when the weight of a branch pulled his left hand towards the chainsaw. He said the blade hit him just below where a person would be wearing a watch and doctors told him it missed his artery by a fraction of an inch.

"Thank God the blade wasn't running full speed or it would have taken my hand off," Norman said. "There is no major damage. There is nerve damage, but no muscular damage. They fixed me up and here I am."

US 'spy' in hard labour sentence

North Korea's Supreme Court has convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labour.

At a trial that lasted about 90 minutes, the court said Californian Matthew Miller tore up his tourist visa at Pyongyang's airport upon arrival on April 10 and admitted to having the "wild ambition" of experiencing prison life so that he could secretly investigate North Korea's human rights situation.

Mr Miller, who looked thin and pale at the trial and was dressed completely in black, is one of three Americans being held in North Korea.

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Showing no emotion throughout the proceedings, Mr Miller waived the right to a lawyer and was handcuffed before being led from the courtroom after his sentencing. The court, comprising a chief judge flanked by two "people's assessors", ruled it would not hear any appeals.

Earlier, it had been believed that Mr Miller had sought asylum when he entered North Korea. Notes produced in court also suggested he had become a fugitive because he was involved with whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, although it is not clear if the claims are true.

Teenager feared abducted found

A 15-year-old boy has been found safe and well after his disappearance in the Republic was initially feared to be an abduction.

Sait Canbullu (15) was found in Ballymote, Co Sligo, yesterday evening after getting into a car with two men 178 miles away in Wexford town on Saturday. It was initially reported that he had been bundled into the back of a car by two masked men.

After a near 24-hour alert, the Garda press office said that following extensive inquiries detectives were satisfied that the teenager had not been abducted and that he had not been forced into the car.

The original child rescue alert was cancelled yesterday afternoon and the teenager was found several hours later.

The Republic's child rescue alert is issued nationwide through the media and transport and police networks on the basis that there is an immediate and serious risk to the health and welfare of a child.

It is understood the criteria was no longer met after witnesses were re-interviewed.

Plucky pensioner beats off would-be mugger

A woman aged in her 80s has fought off a robber by punching him in the face.

The pensioner was walking her dog in an alleyway between Bellevue Road and Invicta Road, Whitstable, when she was grabbed by the male attacker, who was wearing a hooded top to hide his face. The elderly woman managed to fend off the mugger by punching him in the mouth in the incident, which happened at 7.20am yesterday.

Kent Police said it appeared the suspect had picked on the wrong person.

Co-habiting couples are married by the Pope

Pope Francis has married 20 couples in St Peter's Basilica – with one bride already a mother and others already co-habiting.

Among the couples, all from Rome, who said 'I do' – or 'Si' – was one in which the groom's first marriage was annulled by the church and the bride has a daughter she had while an unmarried woman in an earlier relationship. Francis said marriage was "real life, not some TV show".

He told couples to expect conflicts, but that Jesus's love would help them when love runs out.

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