ATM hands out ‘free’ cash
Police were called to restore order after a bank ATM in eastern England started dispensing twice the money its customers were asking for. The Lloyds TSB cash machine in the town of Ipswich began dispensing “free money” to customers on Wednesday after the bank branch had closed for the evening. As word spread of the glitch, a crowd began to gather, prompting arguments among those trying to use the machine. Police were called in to keep watch until the bank’s staff could take it out of service. A Lloyds spokesman said the machine had been “misdispensing” cash for only a short time. About 30 people are thought to have benefited from the glitch. It is not clear how much money the bank lost, or if it will be able to recover the funds.
Artifacts returned to Nigeria
The government has returned 11 cultural artifacts to the government of Nigeria. Authorities said on Thursday that French customs officials tipped off the government in April 2010 about a shipment headed to New York’s Kennedy Airport. The 10 Nok statues and a carved tusk were seized from a Manhattan gallery owner, and an investigation determined they were genuine antiquities. The artifacts are to be displayed in Nigeria’s national museum. Nok statues are between 2,000 and 2,500 years old, among the oldest sculptures in West Africa. They were first unearthed in 1943 at a tin mine near the village of Nok in central Nigeria.
Madonna praises tolerance
US pop queen Madonna praised the country for its tolerance and welcoming attitude to minorities and said she knew far-right leader Marine Le Pen was “very angry with me” over a provocative video. “I know that I have made a certain Marine Le Pen very angry with me. It’s not my intention to make enemies,” Madonna told 2,700 fans at a sell-out concert at the Olympia hall in Paris on Thursday. The far-right National Front said earlier this month it would sue the singer over a video at an earlier Paris concert showing party leader Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead. The video, which served as a backdrop for Madonna’s performance of the song Nobody Knows Me, flashed a picture of Le Pen’s forehead superimposed with a swastika, followed by an image resembling Adolf Hitler.
Katherine Jackson is ‘fine’
Katherine Jackson’s (Michael Jackson’s mother) attorney said late on Thursday that he had met with his client face-to-face for the first time in several days and that she was doing fine despite familial squabbling that forced a judge to temporarily suspend her as guardian of her son Michael’s three children. “I had a long and productive meeting today with Mrs Jackson,” Perry Sanders Jr wrote in a statement. “I am pleased to report that she is fine and she laughed at the widely publicized report that she had suffered a stroke.” The description of Jackson suffering a stroke was included in a letter signed by five of her children calling on executors of Michael Jackson’s estate to step down. Since late last Saturday, when a relative reported Katherine Jackson missing, speculation has swirled about her whereabouts, her health and why she had not called her grandchildren for nearly 10 days. Rival factions in the family released dueling statements on Twitter and family members tussled in the driveway of her home in an incident that remains under investigation.