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ENGLAND: EU rules dictating the amount of sugar that must be in jam will bring an end to the traditional British breakfast, a Liberal Democrat MP has said.

Tessa Munt said regulations from Brussels will mean manufacturers will be able to call their fruit spreads jam even if they are only 50% sugar.

Ms Munt, who is parliamentary private secretary to Vince Cable, said this will mean they will be able to sell a “gloopy sludge” that resembles nothing like the traditional British staple.

She told MPs in a Westminster Hall debate that rules dating back to research in the 1920s meant that jam had to be at least 60% sugar to retain its gel-like quality.

Fake Profit

VIETNAM: A man claiming paranormal powers has been arrested on suspicion of faking the remains of soldiers killed and missing during the Vietnam War in order to claim over €217,910 in reward money.

The case came to light after a military forensic team analysed nine sets of supposed Vietnamese human remains he had helped to recover that turned out to be animal bones.

The money given to Nguyen Van Thuy was from a charitable fund administered by a state-owned bank.

List of Jobs

USA: The Silicon Valley home where Apple co-founder Steve Jobs grew up and built some of his first computers has been placed on Los Altos’s list of historic properties.

Any proposed renovations to the ranch-style home now require special permission.

The home is currently owned by Patricia Jobs, Steve Jobs’ sister.

God remains

AUSTRALIA: A decision to remove the inscription “known unto God” from the Tomb of the Australian Unknown Soldier has been dropped after a public outcry.

The sandstone war memorial opened in 1941 to commemorate Australians killed in the First World War and is among Canberra’s most popular tourist attractions.

It had been proposed to replace the phrase “known unto God,” attributed to Rudyard Kipling, with the inscription: “We do not know this Australian’s name, we never will.”

ENGLAND: A 10m effigy of outspoken TV personality Katie Hopkins will be burned at a town’s annual bonfire celebrations this weekend.

A steel-framed model of Ms Hopkins, who has drawn criticism for her views on subjects ranging from obese youngsters to class-based interpretation of children’s names, will go up in flames in Edenbridge, Kent.

The figure, with the words ‘Speak before you think’ written on the front, will be stuffed with oil-soaked newspapers, packed with fireworks, and torched on Saturday.

Bonfire society members said it was easy to choose Ms Hopkins, who provoked a backlash after linking children’s names to their social status earlier this year.

Society co-ordinator Charles Laver said: “We were looking for someone who was in the news, and she was one of the people around in the media at the moment. Of course, she has come out with silly remarks, so we thought why not?

Last year, an effigy of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, wearing a Jim’ll Fix It badge in reference to shamed TV presenter Jimmy Savile, was torched.

Other well-known figures who have had the dubious honour of being the celebrity guy at Edenbridge’s celebrations include former glamour model Katie Price, then-prime minister Gordon Brown, and comedian Russell Brand.

Host to parasites

USA: One of two oarfish found in Southern California waters earlier this month had a host of parasites living in its giant, serpent-like body.

Scientists from the University of California, Santa Barbara, dissected the 6m oarfish found off Catalina Island and found large, larval tapeworms in its intestine. An adult spiny-headed worm also was found embedded in the intestine.

Scientists say the discovery of the parasites is important because it tells them what the natural enemies of the oarfish are and could indicate where the elusive fish lives or hunts.

A snorkeler found the carcass of the oarfish on Oct 13. Several days later, another oarfish washed ashore in Oceanside. It is not known how either died.

The rarely seen deep sea-dwelling creatures can grow to more than 15m long.

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