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Unsent text accepted as dead man's will by Australian court

A court in Australia has accepted an unsent, draft text message on a dead man’s mobile phone as an official will. The 55-year-old man had composed a text message addressed to his brother, in which he gave “all that I have” to his brother and nephew. The message was found in the drafts folder on the man’s phone after he took his own life last year . Brisbane Supreme Court ruled that the wording of the text indicated that the man intended it to act as his will. In the…

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How Mel Brooks' lady of dance made it in a man's world

Even today it’s rare to find a female choreographer working at the highest level in musical theatre. Susan Stroman says it’s always been a male-dominated profession, but one she loves nonetheless. Susan Stroman is in London to direct and choreograph a new version of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein – and by now she’s pretty much used to the concept of the tea-break. Of the last half-century’s winners of Broadway’s annual Tony award for choreography, just 10 have been women. The most successful is four-time winner Stroman. Her first Tony was…

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UK rejects terminally ill man's request to die

Britain’s High Court has rejected a terminally ill man’s request to be killed with medical help. In a ruling on Thursday, three judges turned down Noel Conway’s request for assisted suicide. Conway, 67, has motor neurone disease and has been given less than six months to live. Conway had applied to the court in July, asking for a declaration that Britain’s outlawing of suicide is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. After the ruling, Conway said he was “deeply disappointed” and intended to appeal. He said that since…

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Liverpool are 'less than last season' and Salah is a 'poor man's Coutinho' – Ray Wilkins' damning Anfield verdict

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah celebrate as Liverpool thrash Arsenal Monday, August 28, 2017 Ray Wilkins claims Liverpool are less of a threat than they were last season – and has branded Mohamed Salah as a ‘poor man’s Coutinho’. The Reds looked impressive on Sunday afternoon as they thrashed Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield, but Wilkins still feel Jurgen Klopp’s side has gone backwards. Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Chelsea coach said: “I think Liverpool are less than they were last year, purely and simply because Coutinho…

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'Under-appreciated' Wayne Rooney is one of the true greats of English football, says Gary Lineker after Everton man's landmark goal

Gary Lineker believes the “under-appreciated” Wayne Rooney has proven himself one of the true “greats of English football” after the forward scored his 200th Premier League goal. The 31-year-old recorded his second league goal of the season in his second domestic game for Everton since returning to the club from Manchester United earlier this summer. He has again demonstrated he retains much of the ability critics felt he had lost while out of United’s team, and has already impressed to the extent he could earn a recall to the next…

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Antibody helps keep man's HIV at bay for 10 months

An experimental therapy has held back one man’s HIV infection for 10 months, doctors have reported. He was one of 18 people in a small trial testing injections of “broadly neutralising antibodies” – the natural weapons of the immune system. They delayed the resurgence of the virus in other participants by around two weeks. The findings are being presented at the ninth International Aids Society Conference on HIV Science in Paris. The human body is inefficient at making antibodies that neutralise HIV. Only one in five people infected with the…

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Australian man's thumb surgically replaced by toe

An Australian cattle worker whose thumb was severed by a bull has had his toe surgically transplanted in its position. Zac Mitchell, 20, was injured in April while working on a remote farming property in Western Australia. “A bull kicked my hand into the fence,” Mr Mitchell said of the incident. He underwent two unsuccessful operations to reattach his thumb before doctors opted to relocate his big toe in surgery lasting eight hours. Mr Mitchell said fellow workers had attempted to preserve his thumb immediately after the accident. “They put…

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