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world Updated: Apr 25, 2013 00:47 IST
Hitler's diaries

Hitler's diaries found 30 years ago were forgeries
Berlin: German newsweekly Stern prompted a worldwide sensation when in April 1983 it revealed that it had acquired Hitler's previously undiscovered diaries. The editors promised to later hand over 60 handwritten volumes to West Germany's Federal Archives for posterity.

Instead the magazine's scoop turned into a publishing debacle, when it was quickly discovered that the purported diaries were forgeries. In an unlikely coda 30 years later, fake history was enshrined as real history on Tuesday when Germany's Federal Archives said it would accept a collection of the forgeries from Stern as news media rather than Nazi history, the Sydney Morning herald reported.

"The fake Hitler diaries are documents of the past," Michael Hollmann, president of the Federal Archives, has said in a statement with Stern.

UK fraudster who sold fake bomb detectors jailed
London: A businessman, Jim McCormick, was convicted for 10 years at the Old Bailey criminal court in London on Tuesday for selling fake bomb detectors to the UN agencies on the advice of UK government officials, it has emerged. McCormick was convicted of three counts of fraud, was trained at a "how to sell to the UN" seminar in UK in 2008. The sales of the devices in Iraq and other war zones had helped McCormick make a fortune of £55m.

Jewish rabbi launches book on sex for newly-weds
London: An author in Israel has launched a book on physical intimacy to educate young Jewish couples who have little bedroom experience with the opposite sex. Dr David Ribner, thinks that the country's ultra-orthodox Jewish community need a little help when it comes to newlyweds beginning their married life together, since sex is a taboo subject among the community. The book explains all positions that couples might wish to try. But there are no pictures illustrations, which too are contained in envelopes and can be detached from the book.

12th Star Trek to be first premiered in Indian Theatres
New Delhi: JJ Abrams's sci-fi movie Star Trek: Into Darkness is set to come out in India on May 10, a week ahead of its international release.
The movie is the 12th Star Trek film and is a sequel to the 2009 release Star Trek. For the story to move forward, this had to be a more ambitious project than the first. The director says action and the scale are "light years ahead" in the film. It features Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton and Bruce Greenwood.