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News in brief: Our ultimate gourmet trip? It pasta be Italy…

ITALY, the US and France have topped a poll of foodie destinations holidaymakers would love to taste. Half of globetrotting Britons say they now travel abroad especially to sample local dishes, with the allure of pizza, pasta and fine wine proving the strongest. The Travelzoo study also found the average adult will spend £32.18 on food each day of their trip, with half researching local restaurants and dishes when choosing their next holiday. One in five go on a diet before going away, just so they can indulge themselves to the full.

Casino’s ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ ads banned

TWO adverts for online casino 32Red have been banned for potentially appealing to children. The paid-for Google search ads appeared under the search term ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, relating to one of Red32’s games. But the Advertising Standards Authority said: ‘Because it was a highly popular classic children’s fairy tale, we considered there was a strong possibility that this search term would be input by children, or adults who were accompanied by a child.’ It ‘welcomed 32Red’s action in swiftly removing the ads’ but concluded the firm breached the advertising code.


■ THE first urine test to detect pancreatic cancer early could boost survival rates by more than half, its creator says. Barts Cancer Institute in London’s Prof Tatjana Crnogorac-Jurcevic’s method will soon be tested on 3,000 people.

■ BEACHGOERS have been warned to stay away from a dead humpback whale because it has thousands of lice which could latch on to them. It washed up near Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland.

■ ENERGY users have been urged to look at firms’ customer service rather than just ‘attention-grabbing’ low tariffs. The Citizens Advice warning comes after the failure of 13 companies since November.

■ MILLIONS of Britons have never climbed a tree, played with conkers or seen a sunflower, a study shows. Less than a third of us take time out to enjoy green spaces once a week, the Honest Organic poll of 2,000 adults finds.


Herr of the dog is an illness, rules German court

IT’S not just the result of overdoing it the night before — a hangover is a real illness, a German court has ruled. The Frankfurt court gave the ruling in a verdict against the distributor of an ‘anti-hangover drink’. This violated a ban on claiming food products can prevent, treat or heal illnesses. Judges found illness should be defined in the interests of protecting health, even ‘a slight or temporary disruption of the body’s normal condition or activity’. This includes headaches and other symptoms after consuming alcohol — ‘a harmful substance’.


■ THE dry summer may force Jersey residents to drink sea water treated by a desalination plant. Jersey Water will turn the plant on this week after high temperatures and low rainfall hit reservoir levels.

■ A GUITAR given to late blues legend BB King for his 80th birthday has sold for £224,000 at auction in Los Angeles. The black Gibson ES-345 prototype was one of several guitars he called Lucille.

■ AIR strikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 11 civilians, including children, yesterday when they hit a residential building in Yemen, tribal leaders said. At least five others were hurt in the attack on Qa’atabah in Dhale province.

■ A PAINTING called Christ Mocked, said to be by Italian master Cimabue, is predicted to fetch up to £5.3million at auction after being discovered hanging in the kitchen of a house in Compiegne, France. It is thought to be part of a diptych painted in 1280.

■ PAKISTAN is battling an outbreak of dengue fever as more than 10,000 cases and 20 deaths have been confirmed. Health officials are hoping anti-mosquito spraying in urban areas will help contain the disease.

■ THE remains of former dictator Gen Francisco Franco can be exhumed from a giant mausoleum outside Madrid, Spain’s supreme court has ruled. It rejected an appeal by his relatives against the government’s plan to move the body from the Valley of the Fallen.

■ VOLKSWAGEN bosses Herbert Diess, Hans Dieter Poetsch and Martin Winkerhorn have been charged with market manipulation over the 2015 emissions scandal. The car maker says the charges against the trio are ‘groundless’.