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News in brief: Offer you can’t refuse? Godfather script for sale

AN EARLY Godfather script and a Golden Globe won for Chinatown are among more than 650 items going under the hammer at a California auction of film mogul Robert Evans’ estate. The 1970 script and the gong could fetch up to £3,800 each. A painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and a 1995 Jaguar XJS 2+2 convertible will also be for sale. Producer Evans, who headed the studio behind The Godfather (main picture) and Chinatown before dying at 89 last year, was ‘a visionary’ with a life ‘the stuff of Hollywood legend’, said Julien’s Auctions.

A never-ending storey… why doing up the house takes forever

WITH walls to paint, the garden to revamp and new decor needed in the living room, our household ‘to do’ list will take more than five years on average to finish. But two-fifths of UK homeowners are such perfectionists they think the ‘vision’ will never be complete, a poll by installers Independent Network powered by VEKA found. A spokesman said: ‘For many of us, our homes are constantly evolving… that’s what makes owning a home so much fun.’


UN calls for Russians to play ball over Navalny

RUSSIA must co-operate with an independent investigation into the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, or begin its own inquiry, the UN human rights office has urged. There is ‘no doubt’ novichok was used on the opposition politician, the office said. Boss Michelle Bachelet added: ‘It is not good enough to deny he was poisoned, and deny the need for a thorough, independent, impartial and transparent investigation.’ Mr Navalny has just come out of an induced coma at the German hospital he was taken to after he fell ill on a Russian flight in August. He has just come out of an induced coma.

‘Warning shots fired’ on India-China border

INDIA and China accused each other of provocation yesterday as tensions along their disputed border continue to escalate. Beijing claims Indian forces crossed into its territory and fired warning shots at a patrol. However, India denies the allegation saying Chinese troops tried to surround one of its posts, firing shots in the air. Chinese army spokesman Col Zhang Shuili described India’s actions as ‘very vile in nature’, while his opposite number, Col Aman Anand, said China continues ‘provocative activities to escalate tensions’.


■ A SHARK has killed a man on Australia’s Gold Coast — only the second fatal attack since protective nets were introduced in 1962. The victim was brought ashore by surfers at Greenmount Beach.

■ RESCUERS have pulled eight more bodies from a collapsed marble mine in Pakistan’s Mohmand district. It takes the death toll to 16. Up to 30 people were working in the mine when tragedy struck on Monday.

■ RIVALS to lead Japan’s ruling party and replace Shinzo Abe as prime minister officially began their campaigns yesterday. The favourite is Yosihide Suga, 71, who is up against Shigeru Ishiba and Fumio Kishida, both 63.