In Brief

Kim Jong-un smiles for first official portrait

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has commissioned his first official portrait. The image captures a smiling Mr Kim wearing a suit and tie. His portrait was unveiled on state TV in Pyongyang during a visit from Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel. This is the first time an official photo of Mr Kim has been publically displayed. Jake Morris

Dutchman sues to lower his age

A 69-year-old Dutchman has commenced a legal fight to officially change his age. Emile Ratelband says he identifies as 20 years younger and wishes for this to be recognised in court. His reasoning is that he does not want to lie about his age on Tinder when seeking other people in their late 40s. Though many consider this battle futile, he argues that if you can identify as a different gender, you can also do so with age. Andrew Ferris

Stray cats offered safety in washing machines

A local vet, Ana Silva, in the Portuguese town of Monchique has devised a creative solution to providing stray cats with a safe place to sleep. With the council’s backing, she has placed broken washing machines around the town with the drums lined with bedding. The local school and a graffiti artist have helped to decorate the appliances and they have been an instant hit with the local cats. Jake Morris

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