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Lingerie chain apologises for 'Isis' underwear range

Lingerie chain Ann Summers says it is "too late" to change a new range of underwear which shares a name with the Islamist militant group Isis.

An Ann Summers branch in Derby pictured last year.
An Ann Summers branch in Derby pictured last year. Credit: PA

The selection of bras and thongs was named after the Egyptian goddess of nature and magic.

The terror group Isis (also known as IS and Isil) is an acronym that stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

"We thought up the name over six months ago," an Ann Summers employee told The Independent.

“It wasn’t until all the PR was done for the portfolio when the name meant something else. It was too late to change it.”

Islamic State (or Isis) militants claimed responsibility for the murder of US journalist James Foley earlier this week.

An official Ann Summers statement said: "We in no way support or condone any act of terrorism or violence. We apologise for any offence caused."

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Mirren 'stopped from French role' due to US audience

Hollywood actress Dame Helen Mirren has revealed she was stopped from playing her latest role in French because American audiences do not like subtitles.

In comedy-drama The Hundred-Foot Journey she plays Madame Mallory, the proprietor of a Michelin-starred restaurant in a small French town who clashes with a displaced Indian family when they open a curry house nearby.

 Dame Helen Mirren who has revealed that she was stopped from playing her latest role of Madame Mallory in The Hundred-Foot Journey in French because American audiences do not like subtitles.
Dame Helen Mirren who has revealed that she was stopped from playing her latest role of Madame Mallory in The Hundred-Foot Journey in French because American audiences do not like subtitles. Credit: PA

"I was hoping I was going to be able to do my part in French. I've always had a secret desire to be a French actress," the Oscar-winner told the Telegraph Magazine.

But she was not allowed to go ahead with the idea because of the anticipated reaction in the US.

She revealed: "When it came to it, they said 'Oh no, that won't do. You can't play it in French. The Americans won't understand it and they don't like subtitles.' Which was sad for me."

Cat thrown from fifth-floor flat left seriously injured

The RSPCA is trying to trace the owners of a cat who was seen being thrown from a fifth-storey flat.

When he was found he had no microchip or tag, just a blue flea collar.
When he was found he had no microchip or tag, just a blue flea collar. Credit: SWNS

A witness saw the male tabby crash into the pavement beneath the tower block in Croydon, south London.

The cat was left with a collapsed lung, broken femur and shattered rear legs.

RSPCA inspector Nick Wheelhouse said: "Understandably this poor cat is in a really bad way and we would really like to trace the owner as soon as possible.

"It is amazing he has survived but he has broken legs and is in a bad way.

"He is in such a sorry state we feared the worst for him. He must be someone's pet and they may be wondering where he is."

Labour: 1 in 4 hospitals have hiked parking fees

Labour have attacked the government over hospital car parking fees despite new plans to reduce charges for relatives of chronically ill patients.

The Tory-led Government scrapped Labour's plans to phase out car parking charges for patients and Jeremy Hunt needs to take responsibility for the fact that, since then, one in four hospitals have increased parking fees.

– Shadow health minister Andrew Gwynne

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Police rescue snake from plant pot in Kent

Police in Kent appear to have been called out to rescue a snake trapped in a plant pot.

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Job of the day. Rescuing a grass snake which had woven itself into 2 holes at the bottom of a plant pot and got stuck http://t.co/pywrrG9F1p

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Sevenoaks Police later updated followers with the news that the grass snake had been freed but the plant pot had been destroyed.

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#police update on stuck grass snake. Snake released unharmed. Plastic plant pot did not fare so well. It will be missed.

Russian aid convoy 'delivered to eastern Ukraine'

The controversial humanitarian aid convoy has delivered to its destination in eastern Ukraine, the Russian foreign ministry has announced.

The Ukraine government had not given permission for the trucks to enter the country and their arrival provoked international condemnation.

Russian officials said they intended to continue cooperating with the International Committee of the Red Cross on aid to eastern Ukraine.

Indian state to ban alcohol to tackle drink problem

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A traditionally dressed artist drinks water during a march in Kerala. Credit: Reuters / Rupak De Chowdhuri

The state of Kerala in southern India is introducing booze-free days to tackle excess drinking.

It will mean a ban on bars and shops selling alcohol across the area, which has the country's highest per capita alcohol consumption.

In the short term, the ban will be set on certain days - the local government plans total prohibition in 10 years.

Chief minister Oommen Chandy said: "We have finalised the details of the liquor policy that was recommended last evening by the UDF [United Democratic Front].

"This shows that we have no ulterior motives and making Kerala a dry state is not a political gimmick."

UN warns of 'possible massacre' in besieged Iraqi town

Nikolay Mladenov, the head of the UN assistance mission in Iraq, has warned of a "possible massacre" in an area of Iraq under siege by Islamic State (IS) militants.

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BREAKING: Desperate situation in #Amerli, under siege by ISIL, demands urgent action to prevent possible massacre. #Iraq

Maldenov said in a statement:

The town is besieged by ISIL and reports confirm that people are surviving in desperate conditions.

I urge the Iraqi Government to do all it can to relieve the siege and to ensure that the residents receive lifesaving humanitarian assistance or are evacuated in a dignified manner.

Iraq’s allies and the international community should work with the authorities to prevent a human rights tragedy.

– Nikolay Mladenov
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