Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Australia plans to ban pedophiles from traveling overseas

Australia plans to ban convicted pedophiles from traveling overseas in what the government said Tuesday is a world-first move to protect vulnerable children in Southeast Asia from exploitation. Australian pedophiles are notorious for taking inexpensive vacations to nearby Southeast Asian and Pacific island countries to abuse children there. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she would cancel the passports of around 20,000 pedophiles on the national child sex offender register under legislation that will be introduced to Parliament soon.
"There has been increasing community concern about sexual exploitation of vulnerable children and community concern is justified," she told reporters.
Almost 800 registered child sex offenders travelled overseas from Australia last year and about half went to Southeast Asian destinations, she said.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Man stripped and beaten for stealing a fan from church

A mob in Ogun State, Nigeria stripped and paraded a middle-aged man naked for allegedly stealing a standing fan from a Redeemed Christian Church of God, Onifade town via Ayobo, Ogun State. A video of the suspected thief being paraded naked was recently posted online in two parts.
In the first part, the man was made to carry the fan he allegedly stole on his head while a crowd of spectators followed him with some of them chanting songs. The second video showed him after he had been led back to the church where he returned the fan. He was later led to where his clothes were and asked to wear them while a man flogged him with a stick.
More pictures after the cut

Teacher who spent 7 years in jail for dating 12- year-old student, divorces him after 11 years of marriage

A former teacher and the student she spent more than seven years in prison for having sex with are separating. Mary Letourneau and Vili Fualaau dominated headlines in the late 1990s after news of her crimes, which started when he was 12, emerged. However, the Seattle pair married in 2005 after Letourneau, who had been married with children during the affair, got out of prison for child rape. Fualaau, a 33-year-old who now has two adult children with his now 55-year-old former sixth grade teacher, filed for a separation earlier this month, TMZ reported. Letourneau was sentenced to 89 months in prison in November 1997, though was paroled the next year with an order to stay away from her student. She violated the order by meeting with Fualaau, becoming pregnant with their second child together, and was sent back to prison until 2004.

Thai woman chops off husband's penis for multiple infidelities, kills herself

A woman in northern Thailand chopped off her unfaithful husband's penis and then drank pesticide to her death, local police said. Kawinnart Saezong, 33, was declared dead on yesterday at a hospital in Phayao province, said Narin Cherdyoo, Phayao police officer. Kawinnart's suicide happened soon after she chopped off her 38-year-old husband's penis while he was asleep early Saturday, after she learned of his multiple infidelities, Narin said. Her husband, Niran Saewang, survived the attack, Narin said. He was transferred from Phayao to Lampang hospital, which is a three-hour drive, and had his penis reattached, a hospital staff confirmed. Hospital staff in Phayao managed to retrieve Niran's penis and froze it with ice during the hospital transfer, according to Lampang hospital. This is not the first time Lampang hospital has had to deal with such a case, the hospital said, adding that all of the penis reattachment surgeries there had been successful. Niran is recuperating at the hospital following Monday's successful surgery, the hospital said. Doctors said he could urinate but will no longer be able to perform sexually again.

Ariana Grande's defiant Manchester tribute gig confirmed for Sunday

Police appear to have confirmed Ariane Grande's defiant Manchester tribute gig will be on Sunday.
Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the force had been working with the singer’s management team to ensure the gig goes ahead, with Lancashire Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground thought to be a possible venue. In an interview with BBC Radio Manchester, the senior officer said the pop star’s team were “very keen” to return to the city “sooner rather than later” for a proposed date this weekend but that it clashed with Manchester United player Michael Carrick’s charity testimonial at the nearby football stadium. Mr Hopkins said: “When the idea of the concert came up, the first reaction was we need to speak to the families of the victims and see what they feel. It is fair to say that the majority of them are very much in favour, there are some that clearly aren’t and that is absolutely understandable.

Moscow: 11 killed, dozens hurt in powerful storm

Thunderstorms and strong winds buffeted Moscow and its surrounding areas, killing 11 people and injuring dozens, Russian officials said. The city's health department said about 50 others, including children, were injured on Monday. Yulia Ivanova, a spokeswoman for Moscow's branch of the Investigative Committee, had earlier reported six deaths, including five people killed Monday by falling trees and one person who died after being hit by bus stop debris torn off by high winds. Russian media say scores of people have also been injured around Moscow.

Kung fu master uses his penis to pull helicopter

A kung fu master who dragged seven cars with his penis has become a new world record holder - by towing a helicopter even further with his manhood . Several hundred people as well as official adjudicators watched as Ye Hongwei, who goes by the stage name "Ye Wei", towed the heavy military helicopter with a rope tied around his genitals. Footage of the incredible feat shows him stuttering at first, unable to get the momentum needed to get the aircraft's wheels rolling on the tarmac outside the hangar. But he eventually summons the inner strength necessary to drag the helicopter over 10 metres (32 feet 9 inches) - beating his intended target of 8 metres (26 feet 3 inches). He was then given his world record certificate by officials representing the World Record Academy.
Watch the video after the cut

9-year-old girl caught searching pornography at school to figure out what relative does to her at night

A 9-year-old girl was caught at school searching for pornography on a school-issued iPad and upon questioning, it was discovered that a male relative who stays with her family continually abused the girl and her sister. Anthony Garay, 31, from San Antonio Texas was arrested following the discovery and is facing charges for allegedly sexually assaulting the 9-year-old girl and her sister for at least a year. The San Antonio Express-News reported that Anthony Garay, 31, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child. His arrest came a week after a teacher caught the girl searching for porn on the iPad. The 9-year-old claimed she was looking up what Garay “does to her.” She also mentioned that he sexually assaults her “all the time at night.” She later told authorities that Garay has abused her since she was 8.

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Video: Brave woman confronted and stopped a thief from stealing her car

28-year old Melissa Smith from Wisconsin has been given props by many for summoning the courage to stop a thief from stealing her car. The video below shows Melissa at a petrol station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, filling her car with gas when a thief jumped in her car and tried to drive away.  The fearless woman instantly reacted by jumping and clinging to the hood of the car as the carjacker tried to drive off with her.  The frustrated thief who came with his gang members and couldn't stand the woman's braveness ultimately gave up and got away in a car waiting for him, leaving Melissa to run after her moving vehicle.
In an interview with BBC, she said it wasn’t until later that she had considered the potential danger of her actions.
Watch the video after the cut

Baghdad: Car bomb hits Karrada ice cream shop, 13 dead

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a popular Baghdad ice cream shop early on Tuesday, killing at least 13 people. The attack in Karrada district in central Baghdad also wounded at least 30 people, officials said. Videos posted to social media showed chaotic scenes on the streets surrounding the blast. A number of wounded lay on the ground, others propped themselves up on the colourful park benches outside the ice cream shop. One young girl, wearing a ribbon and bow in her hair, wandered the scene dazed. The attack struck just days into the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims fast during daylight hours. As families break their fast after sundown, restaurants and cafes in Baghdad quickly fill up.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Dog eats football player’s passport as he was set to travel overseas for game

27-year-old Matt Shepherd of Cornwall

A football player in the United Kingdom, was shocked to discover that his dog chewed his passport, leaving him unable to travel overseas for a game. 27-year-old Matt Shepherd of Cornwall, was set to travel to Spain to take part in the upcoming England Counties football matches. Shepherd, who played for Plymouth Albion, took out his passport to check the expiration date. Instead of putting his passport back in a safe place, Shepherd left it on a table. He went out for several minutes, and when he came back, Shepherd realized that his 7-month-old dog had destroyed his passport by chewing on it. The dog was on a bed and playing with what was left over of the passport.

Barcelona confirm Ernesto Valverde as new manager to replace Luis Enrique

Barcelona have announced Ernesto Valverde as their new manager with the 53-year-old handed a two-year contract with the option of an extra season. Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu announced the new appointment at a press conference on Monday two days after Luis Enrique, who won nine of a possible 13 trophies in three seasons, left the club. Valverde will be presented officially on Thursday. Bartomeu said: ‘I have spoken to him today and he is very happy because this is a very special challenge for him. He has the capacity, the know-how and the experience to do this job.

Jealous wife stabs her husband to death at his work place and instead of helping, his co-workers livestreamed it

A horrifying video has been released showing the moment a jealous Latina woman went to her husband's workplace at a restaurant and stabbed him continuously until he died. The man's colleagues stood by watching as the woman stabbed him while screaming at him in a foreign language. According to reports, she suspected him of cheating and got jealous. The entire murder was livestreamed and it was really bloody. After the woman was done stabbing her husband and left, a woman was heard crying then rushed towards the man who was writhing on the floor in pain. It was obvious from the amount of blood splattered all over that he wouldn't make it.
Graphic picture of the man after the cut

Tiger kills female zookeeper in London

Samantha Kudeweh's Hamilton Zoo profile

The female zookeeper mauled to death by a tiger at a New Zealand zoo was Samantha Lynda Kudeweh. Police named the 43-year-old woman - who had worked at the zoo as a curator for more than 20 years - as the victim on Sunday evening, reported. A profile for the zookeeper on the Hamilton Zoo website features a photograph of her facing off with a tiger on the other side of a fence. The profile says Kudeweh worked at zoos in Auckland as well as at the Melbourne and Werribee Zoos in Australia before working at the Hamilton Zoo.
It goes on to describe her favourite part of the job - 'opportunities to interact with other species one to one'.
The downside was saying goodbye to animals, it said.
'That part never gets any easier.'

Teen celebrating high school graduation shot to death after defending female friend

A teenager from Dallas celebrating his high school graduation was shot and killed after he tried to defend a female friend who was being cat-called by a group of three men. Irving Police said 18-year-old LeDajrick Cox was out with a group of friends, three guys and one girl, early Sunday morning. Cox had graduated from Carter High School Saturday, just a few hours before the shooting, and wanted to celebrate. According to Fox 4, authorities said Cox and his pals pulled into the parking lot of a 7-Eleven in Irving around 1:45 a.m. when three men in white Kia Optima started cat-calling Cox's female friend.

Teacher gives 13-year-old girl award for being ‘most likely to become a terrorist’

A girl in Texas, was horrified and humiliated when she received an award for “most likely to become a terrorist.”
According to her mother, Lizeth Villanueva, who is a 7th grader, has been in her school’s academic honors program for two years. Villanueva, who attends the Anthony Aguirre Junior High School in Houston, gets good grades and has never had any discipline problems. Therefore, her mother was also shocked by the award. Villanueva said that teachers laughed as the awards were given out, and one of them said that some students will be hurt by the awards they are about to receive.

Survivor of 7/7 London terror attack commits suicide hours after Manchester bombing

A survivor of 7/7 was found dead hours after the Manchester Arena attack — amid fears he took his own life. Haunted Tony Walter, 52, was discovered at his home after failing to go to work. A friend said:
“He is the 23rd victim of Salman Abedi‘s suicide bombing.”Friends believe he killed himself because he was overwhelmed by the horror of yet more innocent lives lost to terrorism.
One said:
“He didn’t want to live in a world where these ¬terror attacks continue.”

U.S. Immigration agents ate at restaurant before arresting 3 kitchen employees

A restaurant owner in Michigan, is upset that three of her employees were arrested after serving Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Restaurant owner Sava Lelcaj-Farah said that they use a third party to vet their employees before they were hired and therefore, she was shocked when three of her kitchen staff were arrested. Five ICE agents went to the Sava's Restaurant in Ann Arbor. Three agents stood guard at the front and back exits, during the “targeted enforcement action.”
Two of the agents entered the restaurant and ordered breakfast. One agent had waffles and bacon and the other ate eggs and toast while keeping an eye out for the kitchen. When one employee went to take out the garbage, he was detained. However, he was released after showing agents his permanent resident card. Three other employees then attempted to leave the restaurant, but were detained. One of them overstayed his visa, while the other two were in the country illegally. According to some reports, Lelcaj said that she had lived in the U.S. illegally in the 1980s, but she has since received citizenship and she now owns three restaurants.

Video: Man holds umbrella while driving convertible in the rain

A Chinese driver who apparently didn't want to put his convertible top up in the rain was filmed driving down the highway with an umbrella. It worked out really well!

Mother charged with manslaughter after accidentally smothering her 2 months old son as they slept together

A 23 year old mother, Arissa Ward has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after she allegedly smothered her child while they slept next to each other. Ward, called police in Middleton, Pennsylvania, on 30 December last year after she found her infant son unresponsive on the couch next to her where they had been sleeping.  She said she had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana before lying on the couch next to her son, who was two months and five days old. An autopsy carried out a week later found the child had died due to “traumatic asphyxia combined with smothering”.
The coroner also found traces of marijuana in the child’s system as Ms Ward had been breastfeeding. Ms Ward has now been charged with second-degree felony count of involuntary manslaughter and a first degree misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of children. Ed Marisco, Dauphin County district attorney, defended prosecuting Ward and said the baby’s death had been “caused by a reckless act”.  He said it was clear she had not meant to kill her child but "the advice from hospitals and paediatricians is pretty clear - don't sleep with your child" and that if someone is under the influence of drink or drugs "it's much more likely something like this could happen".

Sebastian Vettel wins 2017 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel stretched his lead at the top of the F1 drivers championship as he claimed victory at the Monaco Grand Prix today. Vettel's teammate Kimi Raikkonen came in second ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.  The win is  first for Ferrari in Monaco since 2001.  Mercedes Valtteri Bottas finished fourth closely followed by Max Verstappen in the second Red Bull and Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz.

Burundi orders all unmarried couples to wed, gives December deadline

In an effort to reform morals, Burundi government has ordered all unmarried couples until the end of the year to legalise their relationships. The government gave the order on Friday follows the launch of a campaign this month by President Pierre Nkurunziza “to moralise society” in the tiny nation which for two years has been in the grip of sometimes violent political upheaval. Interior ministry spokesman Terence Ntahiraja said the country was facing a population explosion which he blamed on “illegal marriages”, polygamy, bigamy and “hundreds of schoolgirls getting pregnant”. He said church and state-sanctioned weddings were the solution and were a patriotic duty. Nkurunziza said Burundians should show their love for each other — and their country — by getting married.
The government has since been pressuring unwed couples across the country to tie the knot. The governor of the southeastern province of Rutana has ordered that “persons living in common-law unions” should be put on a special list by June 22, while the governor of the northwestern Bubanza province has demanded unspecified “sanctions” against aisle-dodgers.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

The tell-tale signs of a stroke: A crease in your ear lobes

Having diagonal creases across your ear lobes may mean you are at increased risk of suffering a stroke, according to new research. Scientists who examined 241 people who had experienced a stroke found more than three-quarters of them had the mark, known as Frank’s sign, on their ears. It’s thought that clogging of the arteries, which increases the risk of a stroke, also leads to poor blood supply to the ear lobes. This would cause a loss of elasticity and, in turn, the visible creasing. The Israeli researchers who uncovered the findings said doctors should consider adding the ear lobe crease to the list of ‘classic risk factors for the development of stroke’. But other observers think the feature could be little more than a sign of advancing years.

Ben Stiller & wife ends their 18-year marriage

Actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor have called it quits after 18 years of marriage. The shock split was reported, with the pair announcing the news in a joint statement.
'With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate,' Stiller and Taylor told ET.
'Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends. We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time.'

20-year-old girl sets boyfriend's house ablaze

Priscilla Berfi, a 20-year-old Ghanaian girl has rendered her boyfriend homeless after she recently set his house at Deduako in the Oforikrom Constituency of the Ashanti Region ablaze for allegedly cheating on her. Pulse Ghana reports that there were no casualties recorded but the fire destroyed several properties. Narrating the shocking incident, the boyfriend, Kofi Adusei said he had ceased taking care of Priscilla, who is pregnant due to her bad attitude and lack of respect towards him. He said Priscilla visited him on the night of the incident but they had a misunderstanding so he decided not to spend the night in the same room with her. According to him, he left the room and went to sleep in another where a second girlfriend was waiting for him.

Woman 'marries' train station she's loved for 36 years

A woman has "married" a train station she's spent 36 years in love with and says they have sex - mentally. Carol Santa Fe, 45, claims she has been in love with Santa Fe train station in California since she was nine years old. The volunteer support worker from San Diego takes a 45 minute bus ride to the station every day to spend time with the building, which calls Daidra. Although the 'marriage' is not legally binding, Carol states it was the happiest day of their lives when theytied knot in 2015. She celebrated the one year anniversary last Christmas. Carol says she has 'sex' with the building mentally and identifies herself as an objectum sexual - a person who is sexually attracted to inanimate objects and structures. Carol didn't discover this until she was 40 after she searched online 'I am in love with a building.'
It is a worldwide debate whether the phenomenon is a sexuality, fetish or mental condition.

Borussia Dortmund wins German Cup

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's penalty won the German Cup for Borussia Dortmund as they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 and ended a run of three final defeats in a row. Ousmane Dembele’s strike in the eight minute was cancelled out by Ante Rabic in the 29th-minute before Aubameyang then chipped his 40th goal of the season from the spot after Christian Pulisic was brought down.
Victory provided a positive finish to a difficult season for Dortmund, who finished third in the Bundesliga, and suffered trauma when their team bus was damaged by an explosion before a Champions League quarter-final match against Monaco on 11 April.

Mo Farah wins Diamond League 5,000m in Oregon

Four time Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah ran the fastest time of the year to win the 5,000m in the Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon. The 34-year-old Briton led at the bell and kicked clear to win in 12 minutes 00.70 seconds. Ethiopian teenager Yomif Kejelcha was second in 13:01.21, with Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor third in 13:01.35. Olympic silver medallist Paul Chelimo was seventh in 13:10.11, with GB's Andrew Butchart eighth in 13:11.45.
It was an accomplished final track performance in the US from Farah, who plans to retire from track racing after the World Championships in London this summer.

Wenger's future to be decided on Thursday

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said his future would become "very clear" by Thursday, after guiding the Gunners to another FA Cup success. The Frenchman became the first manager to win the FA Cup seven times as his side beat league champions Chelsea 2-1. The 67-year-old's contract expires this summer, and there has been much speculation about whether he will stay.
"I have kept my medal so that means it is a special night," he said. "For the rest, we will see what happens."
Wenger said he knew what he wanted to do, but added: "Let us enjoy this win and not worry about the future."
"We have a board meeting on Tuesday, and on Wednesday or Thursday it will be very clear."
It is understood Tuesday's gathering is not a formal board meeting, but Wenger's future will be discussed by the club's directors.

Federal officials in Alaska probe 2 plane crashes that happened simultaneously

Federal investigators say 2 planes crashed more than 600 miles apart in Alaska almost simultaneously Saturday, killing a total of four people. KTUU-TV reports the National Transportation Safety Board said two died and a third person was injured when their Piper PA-30 went down nine miles southwest of Haines at around 11 a.m. The injured person was flown by helicopter to Juneau for medical treatment. Authorities said witnesses reported seeing the twin-engine plane crash shortly after takeoff. Meanwhile, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports two people died when a single-engine Arctic Aircraft S-1B2 crashed east of Fairbanks, also at about 11 a.m. Alaska State Troopers reported late Saturday that both the pilot and passenger died in the crash.

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte jokes to soldiers that they can rape women with impunity


Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to reassure soldiers who might be accused of committing abuses under martial law and jokingly said that if any of them were to rape three women, he would personally claim responsibility for it. Duterte is notorious for comments often deemed offensive and made the remark as a joke, reiterating that only he would be liable for any backlash over military rule on southern Mindanao island. He has, however, said he would not tolerate abuses.
“If you go down, I go down. But for this martial law and the consequences of martial law and the ramifications of martial law, I and I alone would be responsible, just do your job I will take care of the rest,” Duterte said on Friday, according to a president’s office transcript.
“I’ll imprison you myself,” he said, referring to any soldiers who commit violations, then he joked: “If you had raped three, I will admit it, that’s on me.”

Dozens dead in Afghanistan violence as Ramadan begins

A suspected suicide bomber killed as many as 14 people in Afghanistan on Saturday and fighting between militants and security forces left at least 36 people dead on the first day of Islam's holy Month of Ramadan. In eastern Khost province, a Taliban attacker detonated a car bomb near a football field that is close to a military base, officials said. At a local hospital, doctors received at least 14 dead bodies and eight wounded people, said Gul Mohammaddin Mangal, head of the public health department in Khost.
"The bodies are not recognizable and it is hard to say if they are civilians or security forces," he said.
Najib Danish, spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, put the death toll at 13 killed and eight wounded, including two children. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the Khost attack, saying it was aimed at members of the Afghan security forces. A Reuters witness at the scene did not observe any military or police vehicles among those destroyed in the blast.

Muslim man sues pizza chain for $100 million after being served 'Halal' labelled pizza with pork pepperoni

A Muslim man is suing America’s third largest pizza chain for $100 million (£78 million) after being served a pizza labelled halal which was topped with pork pepperoni. Mohamad Bazzi ordered two halal pizzas twice from Little Caesars branch in Dearborn, Michigan.   The boxes were labelled halal but were topped with pork, a food which is banned under Islamic law. Mr Bazzi and his wife were halfway through eating the pizza when they realised they had been eating pork pepperoni, he said in the lawsuit. Having previously worked at a pizza restaurant Mr Bazzi realised it was pork pepperoni, rather than a sausage made from an alternative meat. His wife, who converted from Catholicism, could recognise the taste. They became “sick to their stomach” and three days later filed a complaint with the police.

British Airways cancels all flights from Gatwick and Heathrow due to IT failure

British Airways cancelled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick on Saturday due to a major IT failure causing severe disruption to its global operations that is expected to run into Sunday. The airline said its terminals at Heathrow and Gatwick became “extremely congested” due to the computer problems. It decided to cancel all flights from both airports before 6pm UK time on Saturday, then extended this to include all the day’s remaining flights from the UK’s largest two airports. BA said the delays could continue into Sunday, but most long-haul flights should be able to land as normal in London. A BA spokeswoman said: “We are working hard to get our customers who were due to fly today on to the next available flights over the course of the rest of the weekend. Those unable to fly will be offered a full refund.”

Barcelona crowned Copa del Rey champions 2017

Lionel Messi produced yet another masterclass as Barcelona marked the end of Luis Enrique’s Camp Nou reign by lifting the Copa del Rey. Barcelona became the first team since the early 1950s to lift the cup three seasons running as Messi masterminded a 3-1 victory at the final game to be staged at Atlético Madrid’s Vicente Calderón home. Messi set Barcelona on their way with his 54th goal of the season and Neymar and Paco Alcácer were also on target in the first half, with Theo Hernández offering Alavés brief hope with a wonderful free-kick. Alavés had waited 96 years to reach a Copa del Rey final, and they did not disgrace themselves at the end of a season in which they finished ninth in La Liga after winning promotion.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s mum killed in California boating accident

The mother of ride-hailing firm Uber's chief executive has died in a boating accident near Fresno, California on Friday, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said on Saturday. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's parents Bonnie Kalanick, 71, and Donald Kalanick were on Pine Flat Lake when their boat struck a rock and sank, it said, adding that an autopsy is planned for Sunday. Donald Kalanick was being treated at an area hospital for what were described as moderate injuries. Uber officials were not immediately available for comment.
The sheriff's office, however, posted a statement from Uber that read: "Last night, Travis and his family suffered an unspeakable tragedy."
"His mother passed away in a devastating boating accident near Fresno and his father is in serious condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with Travis and his family in this heartbreaking time," the statement said.

Death toll rises to 122 as floods and landslides hits Sri Lanka

Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka's southern and western regions have killed at least 122 people and damaged more than 1,700 homes, officials said on Saturday. Ninety-seven people were also reported missing, at least 40 others have been hospitalised, and over 400,000 people have been displaced after unusually heavy rain on Friday triggered a string of mudslides and caused rivers to burst their banks, according to the country's Disaster Management Centre (DMC). Indian medical teams and emergency relief arrived in the capital, Colombo, on Saturday to help Sri Lanka deal with the worst flooding in 14 years.
"Many thousands are displaced and are trying to come to terms with what has happened with this huge deluge of water," Al Jazeera's Minelle Fernandez, reporting from the southern town of Agalawatte, said.
"Some places received a year's supply of rain in 24 hours. It has taken everyone by surprise."
In Agalawatte, some 100km south of Colombo, rescuers pulled at least 11 bodies out from the mud and earth, while one person was found alive.
More pictures after the cut

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Arsenal wins record 13th FA cup

Aaron Ramsey was decisive as he scored late on to give Arsenal a record 13th FA Cup crown in a 2-1 win over 10-man Chelsea. Arsenal celebrated a record 13th FA Cup success as Aaron Ramsey once again grabbed the winner at Wembley, securing a 2-1 victory over 10-man Chelsea and potentially going some way to restoring supporters' faith in the under-fire Arsene Wenger. Ramsey scored his side's third and crucial goal in the 2013-14 showpiece against Hull City and was the hero again on Saturday, cancelling out Diego Costa's goal a few minutes earlier to secure the win and make Wenger the FA Cup's most successful manager with seven final victories.

SUV crashes into Milwaukee home after jumping curb

A woman driving a Jeep told police she blacked out prior to hitting a curb, sending her SUV through the air and straight through a brick wall in Milwaukee early Thursday morning. The Jeep landed inches away from a man sleeping inside.
"To me it was like an explosion," the man told ABC-affiliate WISN. "I didn't know if it was a fire, explosion. I didn't know what was going on."
The driver, as well as the man, identified only as Theo, were not injured.
Milwaukee city inspectors still need to determine if the duplex is safe to live in, but significant damage to the building can be seen. Milwaukee Police told ABC News the driver could be cited for inattentive driving.
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LeBron James surpasses Michael Jordan as NBA playoffs leading scorer

Cleveland Cavaliers star, LeBron James, has moved past Hall of Famer Michael Jordan as the leading scorer in NBA playoff history after helping his team to comfortably beat the Celtics 135-102 to clinch the best-of-seven series 4-1 on Thursday, and set up a third successive championship series against the Golden State Warriors. James who needed 28 points to surpass Jordan (5,987 points) achieved the milestone which had stood for 19 years, in the third quarter with a three-point jump shot, which put the Cavaliers up by 32 points setting his new mark at of 5.995 points in 212 play-off games, while six-time NBA champion Jordan set his record in 179 games.   On smashing the record, the 32-year-old celebrated by raising his right index finger to signal number one, but quickly retreated to the backcourt to defend as the game continued.

Acid attack survivor, after undergoing 17 surgeries on her face marries the love of her life

An Indian acid-attack victim whose face was severely deformed and needed 17 surgeries following the attack has finally married the love of her life. The life of 26-year-old Lalita Ben Bansi, took a turn for the worse in 2012, when her cousin threw acid at her over some minor argument and had to undergo a successful 17 surgeries to partially fix her face. She happily got married to her 27-year-old husband, Ravi Shankar, on Tuesday at the Thane court in Mumbai.
The fairytale between the duo all started with a wrong number. Lalita met Shankar over a call and over time they got to know each other better and blossomed their way by redefining relationship goals. In an interview with Hindustan Times, an excited  Lalita said: 'So many surgeries later, too, my face was deformed. In need for change, I moved from Azamgarh to Kalwa in Thane near Mumbai. Miracles do happen, who would have thought an acid attack and 17 surgeries later I would find love.


South Africa's Mmusi Maimane 'barred' from Zambia

Mmusi Maimane, South Africa's main opposition leader, has accused Zambian officials of denying him entry to their country as he tried to show support for an imprisoned Zambian opposition leader who is being held on treason charges. Maimane, of the Democratic Alliance party, planned to attend the trial of Hakainde Hichilema, the leader of Zambia's United Party for National Development (UPND), on Friday. But Zambian officials boarded his plane on arrival in Zambia's capital, Lusaka, and prevented him from leaving the aircraft.
"[The Zambian government sent an] arrest team ... to meet me at the airport. Assaulted me & took away my phone so I couldn't get help," Maimane said on Twitter late on Thursday. Maimane, who returned to South Africa after the failed attempt, told local media that the incident was "madness" and he had been subjected to "apartheid-era" treatment. ambia's ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party had warned Maimane against his visit.

Friday, 26 May 2017

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Tragic moment crying 17-month-old toddler is found drinking milk from his mother’s dead body

This is the tragic moment a crying toddler desperately tries to drink his mother's milk, unaware that she is dead. Police were called to reports of a dead body near train tracks in Damoh district, Madhya Pradesh, India, this morning. When officers arrived they saw a crowd around the woman and her crying 17-month-old baby. Witness Monu Balmiki, 27, said: 'We saw a woman lying near the railway track and informed the police. 'But when we got closer we spotted a child next to her crying and drinking her milk. It brought tears to our eyes.'
Officer Nand Ram, who is the head constable of the Government Railway Police, said: 'The toddler was crying for his mother and on receiving no response from her; he held her and started drinking milk from her.

Nigerian couple welcomes sextuplets after trying to conceive for 17 years

A Virginia hospital says its staff has successfully delivered sextuplets and the three boys and three girls are thriving. VCU Medical Center in Richmond announced the births in a statement Wednesday, saying they were the first sextuplets delivered at the hospital. The babies were born May 11 to parents who had tried to conceive for 17 years. The statement says a 40-person team was involved and the delivery required hours of planning. Ajibola Taiwo, a native of Nigeria, gave birth via cesarean section.
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South Africa appoints first woman to head Supreme Court

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has appointed Justice Mandisa Maya as the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, the president’s office said on Friday, making her the first woman to occupy the position.
“Her appointment to the position elevates her to the third highest position in the Judicial Branch, after the Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic,” Zuma said.
NAN reports that on April 4, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) recommended Maya to Zuma for the appointment. Maya filled the vacancy that occurred following the discharge from active service of Mr. Justice Khayelihle Mthiyane.

At least 28 dead as gunmen fire on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt

At least 28 people have been killed in Egypt after unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in what officials are calling a terror attack. Ten assailants wearing fatigues and face masks fired on the passengers from three four-wheel drive vehicles, Egypt's Interior Ministry told CNN. The Christians were traveling Friday to a monastery, St. Samuel the Confessor, around 100 km (62 miles) northwest of the city of Minya when they came under fire, the ministry said. Twenty-three others were injured, some of whom are now in critical condition, Minya Gov. Essam El-Bedewy told Egyptian satellite channel ONTV.

Ghanaian pastor heals woman by giving her a French kiss

A South Africa-based Ghanaian pastor, Nana Poku, is trending on social media after a short video emerged which caught him kissing a female member of his congregation during a so-called healing session. The video which was posted on Facebook by a South African Musa Mathebula on Wednesday after it was shown on a local TV station Tswane TV live. The pastor, who some reports described as a Nigerian, has his church at 98 Thabo Mbeki Drive Rustenburg in South Africa.

Bizarre smuggling attempts that went wrong, in pictures

A fruit wholesaler working for Colombian drug cartels stored more than 100kg of high grade cocaine worth £24 million in these rather green fake bananas in his warehouse, a Southwark Crown Court has heard

Customs officers on King Fahad Causeway arrested a man for trying to smuggle liquor under his traditional garment from Bahrain into Saudi Arabia. They frisked him and confiscated 14 bottles of whisky which were taped to his legs and waist.