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Boys will be girls

WASHINGTON DC: In a his­toric shift, the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica will let girls en­rol in Cub Scouts from next year and al­low them to even­tu­ally earn the high­est rank of Ea­gle Scout. The unan­i­mous de­ci­sion by the 100year-old group’s board of direc­tors came after years of re­quests from fam­i­lies and girls. In Jan­uary, the Boy Scouts also opted to al­low trans­gen­der boys to join.

Na­tion has no ink

CARA­CAS: Venezue­lans have been told their ex­pired pass­ports are still valid – be­cause of­fi­cials have run out of pa­per and ink to print new ones. Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro signed an emer­gency de­cree to ex­tend their va­lid­ity by two years as a mil­lion peo­ple wait for new doc­u­ments. Eco­nomic mis­man­age­ment by the so­cial­ist gov­ern­ment and a col­lapse in oil prices has left Venezuela with­out funds to im­port ba­sic goods such as food and medicine, cre­at­ing acute short­ages.

Che the Ir­ish­man

DUBLIN: The un­likely choice of Ar­gen­tinian com­mu­nist guer­rilla leader Ernesto “Che” Gue­vara, hero of the Cuban rev­o­lu­tion, as the face of the new 1-euro postage stamp in Ire­land is stok­ing con­tro­versy on both sides of the At­lantic. The tra­di­tion­ally Catholic coun­try, which has never had a left-wing gov­ern­ment, only es­tab­lished diplo­matic re­la­tions with Cuba in 1999, 40 years after Gue­vara helped lead the Cuban rev­o­lu­tion with Fidel Cas­tro. How­ever Gue­vara’s father, Ernesto Gue­vara Lynch, was a civil en­gi­neer of Ir­ish de­scent — and the iconic red and black print of the long-haired Che known from T-shirts and posters around the world was pro­duced by an Ir­ish artist, Jim Fitz­patrick.

Baby tears womb

BEI­JING: A new mum nearly died after her un­born baby kicked her so hard her tiny legs tore through the wall of the woman’s womb, doc­tors have re­vealed. The mum, known only as Zhang, was 35 weeks preg­nant when she sud­denly started suf­fer­ing stom­ach pain in the early hours of Oc­to­ber 2. Sur­geons safely de­liv­ered the baby girl in just 10 min­utes, fear­ing she could have been still­born.

NZ still in limbo

WELLING­TON: New Zealan­ders must wait at least two more days be­fore find­ing out who will lead their coun­try. The main con­ser­va­tive and lib­eral par­ties are ne­go­ti­at­ing with the small New Zealand First party, led by mav­er­ick law­maker Win­ston Peters. He had ear­lier said his party would make a de­ci­sion by yes­ter­day but that has now been put back to the week­end and pos­si­bly Mon­day.

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