Presidents’ oil talks fail
The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan failed on Friday to resolve an oil dispute that has led to the shutdown of the South’s crude output and threatened both countries’ economies. The row centers on how much landlocked South Sudan, which became independent last year, should pay to send its oil exports through Sudan to a Red Sea port. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, using a walking stick, and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir met on the sidelines of a meeting of East African officials in Ethiopia. However, the talks broke down when Kiir pulled out.
CEO charged over implants
Authorities have filed preliminary charges against the former head of a now-defunct company accused of supplying potentially faulty breast implants affecting thousands of women. A judge in the southeastern city of Marseille placed Poly Implant Prothese founder and chief executive Jean-Claude Mas under investigation for “involuntary injury,” defense lawyer Yves Haddad said on Friday. The judge’s decision to release him on 100,000 euros (US$130,000) bail caused indignation among women who regard themselves as his victims. Mas was arrested on Thursday.
‘Barefoot Bandit’ sentenced
A federal judge on Friday sentenced “Barefoot Bandit” Colton Harris-Moore to six-and-a-half years in prison for his infamous two-year, international crime spree of break-ins and boat and plane thefts that ended in 2010. He earned his nickname because he committed several of the crimes without wearing shoes. Harris-Moore addressed the court shortly before US Judge Richard Jones imposed the sentence, which will be served concurrently with state prison time. Harris-Moore said he is remorseful and it’s “no stretch of the imagination to say that I am lucky to be alive.”
Demi Moore has convulsions
Actress Demi Moore suffered convulsions and seemed only semi-conscious after smoking an undisclosed substance before being rushed to hospital earlier this week, according to the tape of a medical emergency call released on Friday. “She smoked something, it’s not marijuana, but it is similar to incense. She seems to be having convulsions of some sort,” a female friend of Moore told emergency services when calling for an ambulance on Monday. The tape shed the first official light on the emergency that sent recently separated Moore to the hospital, and later to seek treatment for what her spokeswoman has described only as “exhaustion.” Celebrity Web site TMZ.com has reported that one of the friends at Moore’s home on Monday told paramedics the actress had been inhaling nitrous oxide.
Cat has knee replacement
Because Cyrano weighs more than 9kg, amputating his cancer-weakened leg was out of the question. So the tubby tabby’s owners turned to doctors and engineers at North Carolina State University to get him back into mice-catching trim. On Thursday, the 10-year-old cat from Upperville, Virginia, received what doctors believe is the country’s first feline total knee replacement. Veterinarian Denis Marcellin-Little and NCSU engineer Ola Harrysson are pioneers in osseointegration, a process that fuses a prosthetic limb with living bone. In 2005, Marcellin-Little performed the world’s first surgery to fuse leg implants with a cat’s bone tissue, so Cyrano’s owners turned to him for help.