Planet Charity: Say a prayer for Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau

Plus: Russian charities are no longer 'foreign agents' and the American man who paid a prostitute a monkey - literally

First to Canada, where it seems the demands of charities are forcing the prime minister's wife to look to the public purse to pay for additional help. Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau said she had been so inundated with requests from charities to promote their causes since the election of her husband, Justin Trudeau, last year that she could not respond to them all without an extra hand or two. "I have three children and a husband who is prime minister," she said. "I need help. I need a team to help me serve the people." Her call swiftly led to the ironic hashtag #PrayForSophie becoming popular on Twitter. People can be so cruel.

Good news for charities in Russia, where they will no longer be classified as "foreign agents" if they receive money from abroad. Laws passed in 2012 said any group that received funding from abroad and engaged in "political activity" was required to identify itself as a foreign agent. Use of the term, employed during the Soviet era to refer to state enemies or spies, had resulted in some charities giving up foreign funding.

Finally, to the good ol' US of A, where we dip into the lurid tale of a man who allegedly paid a prostitute with charity money and a primate. The accused, from Oregon, reportedly broke into a pet shop - owned by his wife, no less - and stole about £4,800 in donations meant for the Girl Scouts, a laptop and a Galago primate called Gooey. Police later found the creature in the possession of an out-of-town sex worker. "It's my first time ever recovering a monkey from a prostitute," said Detective Rick Lowe. Don't expect too many repeats of that.

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