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North Korean gripe over hair advert reaches Whitehall

Complaints from the North Korean embassy against a hair salon's poster poking fun at their leader's unusual hairstyle has reached the corridors of power in Whitehall.

The Foreign Office confirmed it received a letter of complaint from the North Korean embassy this week
The Foreign Office confirmed it received a letter of complaint from the North Korean embassy this week Credit: ITV News

The Foreign Office has confirmed it received a letter this week complaining about the picture of Kim Jong-Un which was displayed in M&M hair Academy's window in South Ealing.

The advert said: "Bad Hair Day? 15% off all gent cuts through the month of April."

Staff at the west London salon were confronted by two men claiming to be North Korean officials over the marketing stunt earlier this month.

Read: Salon manager forced to destroy Kim Jong-un poster after 'scary' confrontation


Otter palava: Animal swipes camera and takes selfie

Musa the otter's other hobbies include juggling pebbles. Credit: Owen Humphreys /PA Wire

An inquisitive otter became the latest 21st-century being to take a selfie when it snapped itself with a professional photographer's camera.

Musa, a resident of the Washington Wetland Centre in Tyne and Wear, used a GoPro camera belonging to a Press Association photographer that it found lying on the ground.

Owen Humphreys, 41, said: "I had just put the camera down and the otter came up to the bars and snatched it in both paws. The craze for selfies has gone mad."

Musa's selfie is being hailed as an important breakthrough in ph-otter-graphy.

Edinburgh pandas given help with artificial insemination

The UK's only female giant panda has been artificially inseminated after failed attempts to help her mate naturally.

Tian Tian the panda
Staff's hopes of a pregnancy follow last year's disappointment when the pair did not mate. Credit: PA

Edinburgh Zoo bosses were hopeful that Tian Tian would mate with her intended partner Yang Guang this year.

But after her hormone levels started to fall quickly they turned to artificial insemination, using samples from the male.

Experts say they will not know for certain whether Tian Tian is pregnant until she gives birth, which could be in August or September.

Computer breakdown may force space walk

Astronaut James H. Newman waves during a spacewalk. Credit: Reuters

A computer breakdown at the International Space Station may require a spacewalk by astronauts.

Nasa said a back-up computer on the outside of the orbiting lab was not responding to commands.

The main computer, called an MDM or multiplexer-demultiplexer, is working and the six-man crew is in no danger. But the computers control some robotic functions that would be needed for next week's planned visit by a private SpaceX supply ship.

Mission Control will decide shortly as to whether the computer can be repaired or must be replaced.


Driver survives crash with out-of-control cement truck

A car driver has survived a head on crash with a cement truck that careered across a busy road as he drove to work. Dr. Guan Zhu, a professor at Texas A&M University, said he "couldn't remember" the moment of the collisions when he stared death in the face.

He told US television channel CBS News: "I could not remember. My memory was 'a truck is coming'. I could not remember exactly how it happened.

"It turned 45 degrees before it hit my vehicle."

He walked away with minor injuries from the crash which left only his bonnet dented. The truck spilled its cement all over the road and it took crews several hours to clean up the mess.

The cement truck driver escaped major injuries and was given a ticket at the scene.

Largest flawless blue diamond could reach $25 million

"The Blue" diamond.
"The Blue" diamond. Credit: Reuters

The largest flawless vivid blue diamond in the world is expected reach a price of bewteen $21-25 million when it is sold at auction next month.

Known as 'The Blue' the stone has been put on display in New York ahead of its sale next month in Geneva.

See more: Pink Star diamond sold for £46m

Head of Jewelry at Christie's Rahul Kadakai said:

"Thirteen-carat vivid blue being the strongest saturation in a blue diamond, deeply saturated rich blue color and flawless. So the stone is internally and externally bereft of any imperfections.

"So this is the largest flawless vivid blue diamond in the world. So in simple terms, it's the best blue diamond in the world."

Very little in known about the age of the stone, or where it was mined.

'The Ocean Dream' diamond will also be going under the hammer in the sale. It is a five and a half carat blue-green diamond which could make between $7.5 to $10 million dollars.

See more: Rare blue diamond discovered in South Africa

"The Blue" diamond and "The Ocean Dream" diamond at Christie's Auction House in New York.
"The Blue" diamond and "The Ocean Dream" diamond at Christie's Auction House in New York. Credit: Reuters
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