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Man arrested in Disneyland Paris hotel with two handguns, Quran: Police

A man carrying two handguns, ammunition and a Quran was arrested Thursday at a hotel in Disneyland Paris, a police source said.

The man was “detected upon his arrival at the hotel on the Disneyland site where he had a reservation. Hotel security found two handguns, a Quran and ammunition on him,” the source said.

Disneyland Paris said the guns were picked up by routine scanning of the man’s bags at the hotel entrance.


Protests greet visit of 'executioner' Rouhani to France

Hundreds of protesters on Thursday condemned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's visit to France, with a Femen activist dramatising a surge in executions in Iran by staging a mock hanging on a bridge near the Eiffel Tower.

"Welcome Rouhani, executioner of freedom," read a banner on the Paris bridge from which the woman was suspended in a mock noose.

Across the city, some 800 protesters waving Iranian flags joined a 4km march to Les Invalides, the military complex that includes Napoleon's tomb where Rouhani was feted with military honours earlier in the day.


Two cases hint at possible sexual transmission of Zika virus

As global health experts scramble to understand how the Zika virus spreads and may lead to birth defects, two cases suggest it may be transmitted through sex, not just mosquitoes.

In one case, the virus was detected in a man's semen after it was no longer found in his blood.

In another case, a wife in Colorado was infected after having sex with her husband who had contracted the bug in Senegal.


Barbie gets curvy in real-world body makeover

Barbie, the world's most famous doll, has a new body. In fact, she has three new bodies - petite, tall and curvy.

Some 57 years after the impossibly busty and narrow-waisted blue-eyed Barbie doll was first introduced, California-based toy maker Mattel on Thursday released the new models, which it says better reflect a changing world.

Parents and feminists have long criticised Barbie's original shape as setting an unrealistic body image for girls, despite modifications over the years.


Football: Manchester City's De Bruyne out for at least six weeks, says agent

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will be out for at least six weeks after tearing ankle and knee ligaments in Wednesday's League Cup semi-final against Everton, according to his representative.

"Kevin will be out for at least six weeks but it is too early to know more at this stage," Patrick De Koster told the Guardian on Thursday.

The Belgium international was carried off on a stretcher after suffering the injury late in the 3-1 second leg win that secured City's place in the final against Liverpool at Wembley on Feb 28.