Saturday, 17 February 2018

At least 38 police hurt in Tunisia football violence

Thirty-eight police officers were injured when they were pelted by smoke bombs, stones, chairs and pieces of metal at Thursday's Tunisian league match between bitter rivals Esperance of Tunis and Etoile Sportive Sahel. The match at Rades on the outskirts of Tunis was won by Esperance 3-2, but was twice interrupted by the violence. Objects were thrown at the police "by supporters of EST (Esperance)", said an interior ministry spokesman. Nineteen police needed treatment in hospital.
Football in Tunisia is regularly plagued by violence especially when the country's top clubs clash. In recent years, violence has escalated so much that sports minister Majdouline Cherni described the outbreaks as "stadium terrorism".

Friday, 16 February 2018

Florida school shooting: FBI mishandled tip on gunman's 'desire to kill'

The FBI has said it did not properly follow up on a warning that Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz might carry out an attack. Last month, a person close to the 19-year-old contacted the law enforcement agency to warn of "the potential of him conducting a school shooting". But protocols were not followed and the tipline did not pass along the complaint, the FBI said. It was not the first potential warning to the FBI regarding Mr Cruz.
He has confessed to carrying out Wednesday's attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and has been charged with 17 counts of murder. It was the deadliest US school shooting since 2012.

Woman who refused to let go of her purse during security check seen on video climbing into X-ray machine

Officials released a video, showing a woman climbing into an X-ray machine after refusing to let go of her purse. The incident unfolded at a train station in China. Security officers at the Dongguan Railway Station in Guangdong spotted the woman holding her purse after placing her suitcase on the conveyor belt.
A female officer ordered the woman to go back and place her purse on the conveyor belt as well. The woman did not want to let go of her small purse so she climbed onto the conveyor belt and she traveled past the X-ray machine with her belongings.
The female employee was seen laughing while watching the woman getting off the conveyor belt. Her co-workers who were operating the machine from an office also seemed startled by the bizarre behavior.
The video of the incident was uploaded to the Internet, where it went viral.

2 wives shocked to learn their husband is a woman who was after their money

Sweety Sen (C) posing as Krishna Sen at wedding

Police in India have announced the arrest of a woman who posed as a man to get dowery from 2 families. 26-year-old Sweety Sen is accused of disguising herself as a man for four years. She tricked two women into marrying her for money, which is known as dowry, police in Haldwani said. Police superintendent Janmejay Khanduri said that Sen of Uttar Pradesh posed as a man named Krishna Sen on Facebook and seduced women before marrying 2 of them.
In 2014, Sen traveled to the Kathgodam area in Haldwani to meet a woman he became friends with on the social media website. She told the woman, identified as Kamini, that she was the son of a businessman, police said. The two got married later that year and Sen received the dowry from the bride’s family.

US charges 13 Russians, 3 firms with election meddling

A federal jury in the United States has charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies as part of an investigation into alleged interference in the country's 2016 presidential elections. The charges by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller described a conspiracy to sway public opinion and promote the campaign of Republican Donald Trump, against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
"The indictment alleges that the Russian conspirators want to promote discord in the United States and undermine public confidence in democracy," Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement to reporters on Friday.

Mexico earthquake: Strong tremor hits Oaxaca state

A powerful earthquake has hit south-western Mexico, causing buildings to shake in the capital Mexico City, about 350km (217 miles) away. The epicentre of the 7.2-magnitude tremor was near the town of Pinotepa de Don Luis in Oaxaca state, the US Geological Survey said. The quake was 24.6km underground.
Some buildings were damaged in Oaxaca, but no deaths were reported. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that there was no tsunami threat.
After Friday's tremor, thousands of people were seen fleeing buildings in Mexico City as the ground shook. The authorities activated earthquake alert systems in five states, including Mexico City. They urged residents to stay outdoors.

Teen records himself raping female friend while she was dying from drug overdose

A teenager who was invited to a party at her friend’s home was raped as she was dying. According to police, 19-year-old Brian Roberto Varela of Lynnwood, Washington, invited 18-year-old Alyssa Mae Noceda to a party at a mobile home park, where he lived with a friend. He provided her with drugs. Noceda snorted crushed Percocet pills. Varela than gave her a bit of liquid THC before she collapsed.
Police said that while she was lying unconscious and dying, Varela raped the high school student and took photos of her body. He then texted the semi-nude photos of her to others. He also posted things from her account as if she was the one sending them. Her body was later found in a plastic container inside her friend’s house. Varela admitted to police that he planned to bury the plastic container with the body.
Varela was arrested and charged with manslaughter, rape, and homicide for providing the controlled substance. He is being held on $500,000 bond.

Ethiopia declares state of emergency after PM quits

Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency, a day after the country's prime minister abruptly resigned. The measure was announced on Friday by the Council of Ministers, the Ethiopian government's cabinet, according to state broadcaster EBC. Local media said the measure is effective as of Friday, but it was not immediately clear how long it would last.
Quoting an unnamed source "close to the government", the Addis Standard newspaper reported that the Council was debating whether to make the measure span three or six months.

Woman tried to hide from police by placing dirty laundry basket on her head while officers raided her home

A woman tried to evade arrest by placing a dirty clothes basket on her head and body, according to police in the United Kingdom. Police in Alfreton, Derbys, took a photo of the suspect as she was standing in her bathroom with the clothes basket on her head. Police posted the photo on Twitter and wrote: “This female was located and arrested for failing to appear in court. She said ‘It’s all well and good as I’ll hand myself in on Monday.’
“However, she should have turned up last week when she was told to. She even tried to hide when she saw us but she was far from good at hiding and seek.”
Police did not disclose why the woman had to appear in court. The laundry basket had holes and her face was visible. The woman was standing on a scale in her bathroom and left the door wide open.
Police added: “It’s not the first time this happened and probably won’t be the last.”

23-year-old mother uses scissors to cut her baby’s penis while changing his diaper

The father of a baby boy was shocked to learn that the child’s mother cut his genitals with scissors while changing his diaper, according to police in Pennsylvania. On Wednesday, the Berks County District Attorney’s Child Abuse Detectives received a ChildLine report of suspected child abuse. During the investigation, Detectives learned that the 20-month-old child was transported to the Ephrata Hospital in Lancaster County. Doctors treated the baby boy for a laceration of the child’s penis.

Desmond Tutu retires as global ambassador of scandal-hit Oxfam

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has instructed his office to write to Oxfam International to inform them of his retirement as their global ambassador.  Tutu expressed his disappointment in Oxfam on Thursday, after allegations of immorality and possible criminality involving humanitarian workers linked to the charity surfaced on Tuesday, according to a statement.
"He is also saddened by the impact of the allegations on the many thousands of good people who have supported Oxfam's righteous work," the statement read.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Things you should talk about before getting married

Getting married is an exciting time for a couple. There’s a whole lot of love going around, and lots of plans to be made – guest lists, venue, cake, a dress… But one thing that is often neglected in the fun and frenzy of preparation is the future of the marriage itself. When the honeymoon’s over, many couples find that they haven’t given much thought to the rest of their lives. Which is why, when marriage is on the cards, you should have some serious conversations with your partner or even seek professional help to make sure you’re ready for happily ever after.

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announce they've separated

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have revealed they have been separated since late last year, according to a joint statement. The couple, who wed in 2015, said they intended to keep their decision private, but "given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly."
"This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year," the statement read. "We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship."

Using late son’s preserved semen, couple gets twin grandkids through IVF, surrogacy

The parents of a 27-year-old man, who died of brain tumour two years ago, used their unmarried son’s cryo-preserved semen extracted long before his death to have grandchildren. Fusing the semen with eggs of a matching donor, doctors created embryos and transferred them into a surrogate mother’s womb. The woman, who incidentally is the man’s aunt, delivered healthy twin baby boys two days ago.
Experts, however, have raised questions about the ethics behind the procedure. The man was diagnosed with brain tumour in 2013 while pursuing higher education in Germany. Fearing that chemotherapy would render him infertile, doctors took his consent to cryopreserve his semen sample before he went through the chemo-cycles in Germany in September the same year. After he died of cancer-related complications in Pune in September 2016, the parents procured the semen sample.

Police reveal mugshot of Florida shooter as it emerges he was expelled for 'fighting over ex-girlfriend', had 'abused her'

The teenager who killed 17 people at a Florida high school was expelled after a fight with his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend. The gunman had also been abusive to his girlfriend, one student said, while a teacher said the teenager once became obsessed with a girl to the point of 'stalking her'. Cruz's Instagram is filled with disturbing posts of what appears to be himself with his face covered showing off a terrifying arsenal of weapons. A pupil who says he knew Cruz, claimed he liked to kill animals and was also racist.

Kanye West wins massive lawsuit against Lloyd’s of London over cancelled shows due to mental breakdown

Kanye West has settled his huge lawsuit against Lloyd’s of London, which had refused to pay for the losses he incurred when he canceled some of his 2016 Saint Pablo concerts after suffering a mental breakdown. Lloyd reportedly succumbed to massive pressure by Kanye’s lawyers and agreed to pay most of what the rapper was due under the policy.
Kanye’s touring company, Very Good Touring had sued for $10 million after Lloyd’s incredibly refused to pay because it claimed the breakdown was triggered by Kanye’s alleged drug use, and claimed it was an exclusion under the policy.

At this bank, lovers deposit their stories

In a small medieval Slovak town, couples are getting ready on Valentine’s Day to make a “deposit” about their romance in a place dedicated to love stories.  The ‘Love Bank’ is the main attraction of an exhibition commemorating the world’s longest love poem, ‘Marina’ by Slovak poet Andrej Sladkovic.  Written in 1844, the 2,900-line long poem tells the tale of the doomed love between the poet and Maria Pischlova.  They were star-crossed lovers but unlike Romeo and Juliet their tragic romance is a true story. Marina’s parents shunned the poor poet and forced her to marry a wealthy gingerbread maker.

Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, has resigned

Like South Africa's Jacob Zuma who resigned yesterday, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, has resigned amid deadly anti-government protests. In a televised address, he said his resignation was "vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy".
 Mr Hailemariam, who has led the country since 2012, also stepped down as chairman of the ruling coalition. His departure follows a national state of emergency that ended last year. Ethiopia's largest regions, Oromia and Amhara, have seen waves of demonstrations in recent months.
 In the latest violence, 10 people were killed and dozens more injured following an opposition protest.  Hailemariam said he will stay on as a caretaker prime minister until Ethiopia's parliament and ruling coalition accept his resignation and choose a replacement.

Barry Bennell found guilty of multiple sex offences against youth players

Barry Bennell, a former coach and scout for Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra, was convicted of 36 charges of sexual offences against youth footballers at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday. The jury has requested more time to consider further counts against Bennell, reports the Guardian's Daniel Taylor. The 64-year-old was found not guilty of three charges.

3 injured and 3 in custody after SUV tries to ram gate at National Security Agency and is stopped by police officers who shot at its windshield

Three people were injured on Wednesday morning when an SUV attempted to ram the gates at the National Security Agency. The SUV occupied by a male driver and two other suspects was brought to a stop by a police officer standing guard at the scene who shot at the vehicle's windshield, causing it to plow into the barriers. The incident happened at around 7.30am at the HQ in Fort Meade, Maryland, USA.