Saturday, 24 June 2017

Former nurse suspected of killing up to 60 children

Nurse Genene Jones in 1984

A former nurse in Texas was charged Wednesday in the 1981 murder of a 2-year-old girl.  Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood told ABC News Thursday that Genene Jones, 66, is suspected of killing as many as 60 children during her time as a nurse.
"We looked at her work schedule and when these babies were passing and the increase in passing under her direct work schedule was astronomical," said LaHood.

Friday, 23 June 2017

President Magufuli’s ban on pregnant schoolgirls angers Tanzanians


Many Tanzanians have condemned President John Magufuli's comments that schoolgirls who give birth should not be allowed to return to school. An online petition has been set up to get the president to reverse his comments. Mr Magufuli warned schoolgirls at a rally on Monday that: "After getting pregnant, you are done."
A law passed in 2002 allows for expulsion of pregnant schoolgirls. The law says the girls can be expelled and excluded from school for "offences against morality" and "wedlock". The online petition says that the president's support for the expulsion law would end the education of many girls and "propagate more discrimination". It instead calls for the girls to be protected from early pregnancies while in school.
Tanzanians are also using the hashtag #ArudiShule(let her return) on Twitter to criticise the president's comments and to highlight the plight of young women who get pregnant while in school.

Video: Baby elephant was drowning when her heroic family came to the rescue


A young elephant named “Hope” at the Grand Park Zoo in Seoul, South Korea, fell into deep water and began to drown before two elephants came to her rescue.

Alexis Sanchez is Chile’s all-time highest goal scorer


Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has made history for the Chile national team by moving ahead of Marcelo Salas to become their all-time leading scorer on 38 goals. The 28-year-old scuffed home a left-footed effort from close range after a woeful error by Gunners team-mate Shkodran Mustafi in the Germany defence to confirm his status as an all-time great for his country. Sanchez has been a Chile international since all the way back in 2006, and managed his feat in his 111th appearance for the South American giants.
Sanchez’s goals have certainly contributed towards silverware at club level with a La Liga title and two FA Cup wins with Barcelona and Arsenal, respectively, and he’s also brought silverware to Chile with two Copa America victories.

Canadian sniper beats record for longest confirmed kill in military history


A Canadian sniper has beat the record for the longest confirmed kill in military history by picking off an ISIS fighter from a staggering 11,319 feet. The bullet was fired from a McMillan TAC-50 rifle set on a high-rise tower and took 10 seconds to travel the 2.14 miles towards the fighter, who was attacking Iraqi soldiers. This smashed the last record set by a Briton Craig Harrison, who killed a Taliban soldier with a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle at a range of 8,120 feet(1.54 miles) in 2009.

Pics: Manchester United stars gather in Italy as Chris Smalling gets married


Manchester United players and their WAGs flocked to Lake Como, Italy, for the sun-soaked wedding of Chris Smalling and his long-time partner Sam Cooke.
Wayne Rooney was joined by wife Coleen as their loved-up squad welcomed another married couple to their ranks, the third in a week as they make the most of a short off-season. Guests shared a drink at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, a five-star Art Nouveau palace, before being transported to the wedding venue.
Rooney was suited and booted with sunglasses on a warm summer's day, leading the United contingent that included Luke Shaw and Phil Jones. Former Red Devils player Danny Welbeck, now with Arsenal, also attended.

Scorned woman smashes cheating lover's BMW with rock


A woman was filmed hurling a rock through a BMW window on a Cardiff street. The car, a BMW, was left with its windscreen, back and side windows completely destroyed and covered in glass.
After the damage, the woman was filmed  running off down the street. The video was recorded by Ben Taylor, who told Walesonline
He said: "She was smashing up the car for about 10 minutes. She kept smashing the windows with what I think was a tent peg.
"She was there for so long the police had turned up seconds after she had run away."
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Ronaldo makes history, walks with disabled girl onto field


World’s top footballer Cristiano Ronaldo walked out onto the field before the start of the Russia-Portugal football match of the 2017 Confederations Cup accompanied by a disabled ten-year old girl, Polina Khayeredinova. This is the first time in the history of FIFA when a player was escorted by a disabled child. This historic event was made possible by the Confederations Cup’s sponsor McDonald’s, showing that football is open to disabled children and lets them get involved in international competitions.
Leaders of football teams taking part in the Confederations Cup will be escorted by disabled children in each of the host cities, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi.
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Imprisoning drug offenders doesn’t affect use, study says


Sending more people to prison for drug offenses won't have an effect on drug use and deaths, according to a new analysis released this week. Researchers from the Pew Charitable Trusts crunched state-by-state data on drug imprisonment, drug use, overdoses and drug arrests and found no evidence that they affected one another. That lack of a pattern shows the flaw in a central philosophy in the war on drugs: That doling out harsh penalties makes people less inclined to use drugs or join the drug trade, said Adam Gelb, director of Pew's public safety performance project, which works to reform state-level drug policies. "There seems to be this assumption that tougher penalties will send a stronger message and deter people from involvement with drugs. This is not borne out by the data," Gelb said.

Surgeons remove pens from man’s stomach, 36 years after he swallowed them


A 50-year-old man in eastern China is finally rid of two pens that he swallowed after losing a bet 36 years ago. Doctors in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, surgically removed the pair of ballpoints from the man’s intestine on April 24, according to UPI. Photographs posted online appear to show the pens still fairly intact after their removal from the man, identified only as Wang. It’s not known, however, if they were still usable. Wang had reportedly ingested the pens while drinking alcohol with friends when he was 14 years old. And he’d forgotten all about it ― until they showed up on an X-ray in February. He initially thought he’d digested the pens, which apparently didn’t cause him any discomfort over the years. He’s since been discharged from hospital, the Yangtze Evening Post reported.

Engineering students create 1,500-pound Rubik's cube

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University of Michigan engineering students on Thursday unveiled what is believed to be the world’s largest hand-solvable, stationary version of the cube. Designing and building the colossal cube was a three-year process, much of it involving getting the cubelets to move properly.
“On the inside of our big Rubik’s Cube we have rollers and transfer bearings so that all of the cubelets are only touching each other through rolling friction,” graduate student instructor Kelsey Hockstrand says in the video above. Although an expert Rubik’s player can solve the puzzle in seconds, the nature of this particular cube means that even the best player will need a lot more time to finish, according to cube co-developer Ryan Kuhn.
“For this cube, every move is deliberate, so you have to grab onto a face and rotate it completely and then remember what you just did, instead of doing a series of algorithms,” Kuhn said in the video. “So it’s hard to keep track in your mind what moves you’ve already done, as well as what moves more you have to do.”
This giant cube is now on display at the university, but be prepared to wait in line. The creators say it takes about an hour for an accomplished cuber to solve.

Kenyan Films Board bans 6 programs on Dstv ‘for promoting homosexuality’


The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) on Thursday morning banned several children programs on the pay television, DSTV and GOTV that are said to promote homosexuality.  KFCB chief executive officer, Ezekiel Mutua, through a statement said that over the last couple of weeks they have received complaints from people that a section of pay TV services are distributing content glorifying homosexual behavior contrary to the law and the KFCB guidelines.
“Most of these programs target vulnerable children with subtle messages that are deliberately designed to corrupt their moral judgement regarding the institution of family, “the statement reads.

101-year-old sets record as world's oldest skydiver


A 101-year-old thrill seeker in the United Kingdom landed in the record books on Saturday when he became the world’s oldest tandem skydiver. Verdun Hayes completed his jump from an airplane 15,000 feet above the ground in Devon, England, at the age of 101 years and 37 days young.
“Beautiful,” he told the BBC. “I’d do it again tomorrow. I would, truthfully. It’s lovely.”
Canadian Armand Gendreau previously held the record with his June 2013 jump from 10,000 feet in the Quebec area. He was 101 and three days old at the time, according to CNN. Hayes said he got the idea to skydive around the time he turned 90 years old, but his wife wouldn’t let him. She has since died, according to The Guardian. Hayes, a World War II veteran, took his first jump last year to celebrate his centenarian birthday.

Young women in Tunisia are having surgeries to be virgins again


As it's expected for women in Tunisia to be virgins until when are married, young Tunisian women are now having hymen reconstruction surgery to avoid being sent back to their parents after the wedding.
According to BBC, young Tunisian women are turning to hymenoplasty, a short procedure that promises to reconstruct her virginity surgically. The young women save and spend as much as &400 for the procedure to prevent future shame. One woman who has decided to turn to science to regain her lost virginity is 28-year-old woman Yasmine. Yasmine lost her virginity while living abroad to one man but now is afraid her husband will find out she is not a virgin after they get married.
Though she has agreed to the surgery, she considers this procedure a lie and one day the husband might suspect or find out about the sham.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Sheep in South Africa gives birth to severely deformed lamb that looks like a human being


The Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, South Africa has confirmed that photos of a severely deformed lamb circulating on social media are no hoax. It confirmed the authenticity of the pictures saying it was of a deformed stillborn lamb was born in the Lady Frere area. Dr Lubabalo Mrwebi, the department’s Chief Director of Veterinary Services said it was not uncommon for pregnant animals to be infected by viruses early in their pregnancy.
“We call on the local community not to panic over this deformed lamb. We can confirm that this deformed lamb is not a progeny of sheep ovum and a human sperm.
“Virus infections in early stages of pregnancy may infect the foetus and lead to the development of malformations in the growing foetus. It is likely that this is what happened to the Lady Frere sheep‚” Mrwebi said.

EU countries compete to host London-based agencies after Brexit


European leaders are set to tussle over the future of EU agencies located in London in the first test of the bloc’s post-Brexit unity. At a summit in Brussels on Thursday the EU’s 27 leaders – minus Theresa May – are expected to take the next crucial step in moving two EU agencies out of the British capital. The EU is insisting the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority, both located in Canary Wharf, find new homes after Brexit.

Distraught Indian cricket fan kills himself after team lost to Pakistan in 2017 Champions Trophy


A young man ended his life after his favorite cricket team lost the championship game to a rival team, according to police in Bangladesh. The Government Railway Police said that 25-year-old Bidyut Rahman of Jamalpur, decided to jump in front of an oncoming train after the Indian national cricket team lost to Pakistan during the 2017 Champions Trophy. The incident unfolded on Sunday, after Pakistan defeated India by 180 runs. Despite living in Bangladesh, Rahman was a diehard fan of the Indian team. He watched every game, and was very excited when the Indian cricket team advanced to the finale game to win the 2017 Champions Trophy.
However, after the crushing loss to Pakistan, Rahman became very distraught. He went to a train station, and threw himself in front of an oncoming train. Rahman was declared dead at the scene.

Dog got 15in skewer stuck in his stomach after he wolfed down kebab whole


A greedy dog is lucky to be alive after he swallowed a kebab whole and got the 15in metal skewer stuck in his stomach. X-ray pictures clearly show the giant piece of metal stretching along chocolate Labrador Howie’s tummy and then up into his gullet. Howie spotted the skewer, destined for his owners’ barbecue, as it lay on a kitchen worktop laden with chicken cubes marinated in Greek yoghurt along with diced peppers, onions and mushrooms. The eight-year-old dog jumped up and wolfed it down it in one gulp “like a sword” while owner Sue Woodward’s back was turned. Software engineer Sue, from Fareham, Hampshire, could only watch in dismay as the skewer vanished down Howie’s throat.

Girl is murdered by her female cousin over a man they are both romantically interested in


A 22-year-old woman from New Orleans is dead after she was murdered and it turns out her cousin is the person responsible for her death. Brittany Seymour and the suspect Dannisha Green are blood cousins but they became embroiled in a long-simmering feud because of Brittany's ex-boyfriend. Brittany’s sister, Bria Seymour,  said she had gone to a club with the deceased, unaware that their cousin will be there. At about 1 a.m. on Thursday, Brittany, her sister and her friend left the club but outside, an argument broke out between Brittany and Daniisha.
 The ladies were surrounded by Dannisha's friends and onlookers. All of a sudden, Dannisha stabbed Brittany.
“We were getting ready to leave and somehow those two got to each other and started fighting,” Bria Seymour said to Nola.com. “And in the midst of it my sister was stabbed two times.”
The cousin, Dannisha Green will be charged with murder.

2 sanitation workers steal $90,000 in cash they found in garbage bags


Two sanitation workers who thought that they have struck it rich, found themselves behind bars on a charge of theft, according to police in Japan.
Fukushima Prefectural Police said that they have arrested the two sanitation workers, who were not identified, after they were caught stealing $90,000 in cash that they found in a garbage bag. According to the police investigation, the two garbage collectors were picking up the trash along their route when they discovered a large amount of cash, which was accidentally discarded.
They took the cash back to the sanitation department facility, where they counted the money. The workers then filed a report that they found $900 instead of the $90,000 they discovered. A supervisor noticed that the workers were in possession of a large amount of cash and called the police. So far, the owner of the cash has not been located. During questioning, the workers admitted to taking the cash, saying that they thought since they found it, the money belonged to them.

Disabled woman hides $500,000 worth of cocaine in wheelchair after flying into New York from Caribbean island




A disabled woman who flew into New York from a Caribbean island, was caught smuggling $500,000 worth of cocaine in her wheelchair, according to police. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBP) at John F. Kennedy International Airport managed to block the alleged smuggler from rolling into the United States with his load of cocaine. On Sunday, CBP officers stopped 33-year-old Yoncela Stanley, a United States citizen, who was arriving on a flight from St. Lucia.  During the course of the inspection, CBP officers noticed that the back seat cushion of her wheelchair appeared unusual.

World population to hit 8bn in 2023, says new UN survey

The world’s population will break through the 8 billion mark in 2023, there are more men than women, and next year the number of over 60s will top 1 billion for the first time, according to the latest findings and forecasts from the United Nations annual population survey. More than half of the global population growth by 2050 will come from sub-Saharan Africa, where fertility rates will persist at levels far higher than in the rest of the world, the UN predictions released on Wednesday show. Half the growth in numbers of people will come from just nine countries: India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, the US, Uganda and Indonesia. By 2050 seven of the world’s 20 most populous nations will be African.

Hair relaxer, dye increases risk of breast cancer - study


Common salon hair treatments can drastically increase the risk of breast cancer, a study suggests. Researchers at Rutgers University found there was an alarming increase in risk of developing the disease when certain women used dark hair dye and chemical relaxers. Black women who dyed their hair had a 51 percent increase in risk and white women who used relaxers had a 74 percent increase in risk. Previous research has suggested there was a link between harsh hair treatments and breast cancer, but most studies don't include black women. Now experts are using these findings to further investigate the danger of using chemical products on the body. The study was conducted by researchers at the Rutgers School of Public Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Experts asked more than 4,000 black and white women in the New Jersey and New York area their habits of dying, relaxing or using deep conditioning creams.

Rapper Prodigy dies at 42


Prodigy, one half of Mobb Deep, has died in Las Vegas at age 42. His publicist says he was hospitalized "a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis.
Prodigy battled the disease since birth, while the exact cause of death has not been determined, the publicist added. Prodigy was in Vegas over the weekend performing with the Art of Rap tour, with Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One, and Ice-T. Mobb Deep performed Saturday night.

10 Banks takeover Etisalat Telecoms in Nigeria over unpaid loan


One of Nigeria’s telecommunication companies, Etisalat has now been taken over by ten major Nigerian lenders. The lenders include, Zenith Bank, GT Bank, First Bank, UBA, Fidelity Bank, Access Bank, Ecobank, FCMB, Stanbic IBTC Bank and Union Bank. The take-over came as a result of a futile effort by Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services, EMTS, promoted by-one time Chairman, United Bank for Africa, UBA, Hakeem Bello-Osagie, to reach agreement with the banks on debt restructuring plan in the protracted $1.72 billion (about N541.8 billion) debt impasse. However, EMTS Holding BV, established in the Netherlands, has up to June 23 to complete the transfer of 100 percent of the company’s shares in Etisalat to the United Capital Trustees Limited, the legal representative of the consortium of banks. Etisalat Group, the parent company of Etisalat Nigeria, announced the takeover on Tuesday in a letter filed to the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate.
A letter dated June 2017, with No. Ho/GCFO/152/85 signed by Etisalat Group Chief Financial Officer, Serkan Okandan, noted that efforts by EMTS to restructure the repayment of the syndicated loan by a consortium of banks to Etisalat Nigeria collapsed. It added, “Further to our announcement dated 12 February, 2017, Emirates Telecommunications Group Company PJSC, ‘Etisalat Group’[ would like to inform you that Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services Limited ‘EMTS’ (‘the company), established in Nigeria and an associate of Etisalat Group with effective ownership of 45% and 25% ordinary and preference shares respectively, defaulted on a facility agreement with a syndicate of Nigerian banks (‘EMTS Lenders’).

German court lashes out at Google over the 'right to be forgotten'

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A German court doesn't believe Google knows what it means to be "forgotten."
The Higher Regional Court of Munich recently yelled at Google via legal injunction, The Next Web reports, telling the company it's not doing enough to comply with the European Union's "right to be forgotten."
That right — which dates back several years — allows E.U. citizens to request that search engines remove certain links containing personal information that is "inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant, or excessive."
Google has done this by removing requested links and replacing them with text that reads, “As a reaction to a legal request that was sent to Google, we have removed one search result. You can find further information at LumenDatabase.org.”

Trump: China falls short on curbing North Korea


President Trump said on Tuesday that China had not succeeded in getting North Korea to curb its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, an extraordinary admission of failure in his strategy for dealing with the rogue regime of Kim Jong-un. Mr. Trump’s statement — delivered in an almost cavalier tweet, given how ardently he had sought the cooperation of President Xi Jinping of China — came a day after the death of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who had been detained and brutalized in North Korea. Taken together, the developments are a major complication for Mr. Trump’s approach to North Korea, which he has called America’s most urgent foreign threat. He now faces a range of unattractive options: the use of military force; more coercive sanctions, including on Chinese banks that do business with the North; or some kind of opening to Mr. Kim.
“While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on the eve of a high-level meeting of Chinese and American officials in Washington. “At least I know China tried!”

Man had to be freed by firefighters after getting arm stuck in toilet trying to retrieve phone


A clumsy man who forced his hand into the hole of a toilet to try and retrieve his dropped mobile phone had to be freed by firefighters after getting stuck.
The man had been using a squat-style toilet, which has a small hole, in a hospital . In a desperate bid to grab his beloved smart phone, he held his breath and forced his hand into the hole to rummage around.
But not only did he fail to find his phone, he quickly realised that he had forced his way too far into the hole and was now stuck fast.
The man shouted for help and hospital staff at a nearby reception desk were alerted by patients.
Firefighters came to the stricken man's rescue as he lay trapped on the bathroom floor in the city of Erzurum in north-east Turkey.

Angel Di María fined £1.76m with 1-year suspended jail time for tax evasion


Angel Di María, the former Manchester United winger, has been sentenced to one year in prison and fined £1.76m (€2m) after pleading guilty to two counts of tax fraud in Spain. The Argentinian, who plays for Paris Saint-German, is unlikely to spend any time in jail – most sentences under two years in Spain are suspended for first-time offenders. Di María spent four seasons with Real Madrid between 2010–14 and the details of his case have been confirmed by the Spanish tax authorities. The case relates to the 29-year-old’s image rights in 2012 13, and he has agreed to repay £1.14m as well as a 60% fine. This is similar to deals struck with the Spanish taxman by his fellow Argentinians Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi last year.

Married teacher banned from classrooms for life over her affair with 18-year-old student


A married teacher has been banned from the classroom for life for having a nine-month affair with an 18-year-old student, whom she nicknamed 'The A Team'. Amena Nazam-Khan, 36, who taught at Tong High School in Bradford, used Facebook and a mobile phone app to sext the schoolboy and send naked pictures of herself. Calling herself 'Baby', she invited him to her home where they had sex, a misconduct panel said. The hearing was told the boy, who turned 18 in the spring of 2015 was being directly taught by Mrs Nazam-Khan  when the affair began in January that year. The panel said Mrs Khan, who had been employed at the school since 2009, also took the boy to hotel rooms. There were references in the messages to Mrs Nazam-Khan and Pupil A eating out together in restaurants although it was not clear who was paying.

Woman attacked by man on bus 'for wearing mini shorts during Ramadan'


A young woman was attacked on a bus in Istanbul for reportedly wearing a mini shorts during Ramadan . Disturbing CCTV footage captured on board the bus showed how an attacker struck Melisa Sağlam in the face as he passed her while getting off the vehicle. The victim jumped out of her seat to confront the man and threw a slap but the man grabbed her by her hair and shoved her before leaving the bus. Prosecutors in the Turkish city issued an arrest warrant for Ercan Kızıltaş after the university student reported the attack.'

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Mother violently stabs 4-year-old daughter to death over argument with boyfriend


Capital murder charges were filed against a mother in Harris County, Texas, on Monday for the stabbing of her 4-year-old daughter, said the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Laquita Lewis, 34, allegedly stabbed her child, Fredricka Allen, multiple times in the chest and left her body on the floor of their home. Lewis’s family members said she texted several of them and confessed to hurting her daughter. After the family members dialed 911, deputies were dispatched to the Timberwalk Apartment Homes. Fredricka was found in the home around 9 p.m. by deputies who believe she was stabbed to death earlier in the day. According to investigators, Lewis engaged in a fight with her boyfriend before the stabbing.

Message for all!


Trump administration is considering banning U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea



The Trump administration is considering banning U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea after the death of Otto Warmbier. Last week, his father lashed out at tour companies that arrange trips to the isolated country, reports CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy.
"The North Koreans lure Americans to travel to North Korea via tour groups run out of China who advertise slick ads on the internet," Fred Warmbier said.
Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff introduced a bill to prohibit all American tourist travel to North Korea and has called the country a "despotic regime."
"Americans go there, they're often taken hostage, essentially, and the North uses them as bargaining chips," Schiff said.

Eating fish helps to ease arthritis




Eating fish twice a week helps relieve the symptoms of arthritis, a study has found. People who ate fish twice a week suffered less from swollen or tender joints than those who never ate fish. The study also found that people who ate even more than just two servings of fish were less likely to have rheumatoid arthritis. Previous research has found that taking fish oil supplements – high in Omega 3 fatty acids – also relieve joint pain associated with arthritis. But the researchers wanted to see if the effect was also present when whole fish were eaten.
Dr Sara Tedeschi, lead author of the study in Arthritis Care and Research said: ‘If our finding holds up in other studies it suggests that fish consumption may lower inflammation related to rheumatoid arthritis disease activity.

Woman broke Vietnam's record for childbirth with her 15th baby


A 45-year-old Vietnamese woman has broken a national record by giving birth to her 14th and 15th child, a health care official said today.
"I have never seen a woman have so many children in decades," Doctor Nguyen Ba Thuy, a former deputy minister of healthcare, told dpa.
Nguyen Thi Sam, who had been pregnant for 32 weeks, gave birth to twins weighing 1.5 and 1.6 kilograms at Tu Du Maternity Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday. For decades Vietnamese law has encouraged a two-child limit on families, although the law is only compulsory for members of the ruling Communist Party. Sam, who is from Nghe An province in central Vietnam, was visiting Ho Chi Minh City when doctors were forced to perform a C-section to deliver the babies.
"Despite the unexpected incident, my two girls were born safe and I very much thank the doctors who helped me successfully," she said according to Vietnam Net.
Prior to her latest offspring, Sam previously had a total of six boys and seven girls. The eldest two are both married while a third is studying in the United States. Sam broke Vietnam's previous record of 14 children, which was set in Hanoi in 2013, said Thuy.

Man sentenced for dangling baby from tall building for Facebook ‘likes’


A court in Algeria has sentenced a man to two years in prison for dangling a baby out of a window in order to attract "likes" on Facebook. The man posted a picture of himself holding the baby out of a window in a high-rise building with the caption: "1,000 likes or I will drop him."
It prompted other social media users to demand his arrest for child abuse. He was charged with endangering the baby's safety following his arrest on Sunday, police said. The child was dangled out of the 15th-floor window of an apartment block in the capital, Algiers. The man, who is a relative of the child, denied he put his life at risk, saying the image had been altered by social media users, Algeria's privately owned Ennahar TV reported.
"The picture was taken in a balcony with protective barriers. These were removed," he was quoted as saying.
The child's father urged the court to forgive the man, saying he had just been playing a game. However, the judge ruled against him, saying the picture was clear and the child's life was in danger.

Graphic pic: A woman allegedly did this to her husband's girlfriend


The incident reportedly happened in Iso Bendegbe, Boki local government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria. The lady who shared it wrote;
Still can't believe it happened in ISO Bendeghe, my very own community hmmmmmm all bcus of a man, for those who love sleeping with people's husband be warned, hahaha women are not smiling again, If u no get husband get urself a boyfriend even if it means paying the bills,but pleaseoooo Na the girl deserves this or na the Man? Bcus the Man is the dog here.... Ooooh poor girl pkeple...."

Grenfell Tower: Death toll rises to 79


Firefighters shed tears today during a minute's silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze, as the official death toll was raised to 79. Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said today that five people had been formally identified and the rest were 'sadly' missing presumed dead.
Mr Cundy said the death toll may still change, but not as significantly as it has in recent days.
The announcement came ahead of a minute's silence around the country at 11am to remember those who lost their lives in the fire in north Kensington last week.

Man gets $870,000 for losing healthy testicle to surgery


Mr. Steven Haines has been awarded $870,000 million by Pennsylvania jury after he had the wrong testicle removed by his urologist. He had been suffering chronic pain in his right testicle for around 15 years, before he opted to see a doctor. The urologist, Dr. Spencer Long, in 2013, suggested surgery to remove the offending testicle. The operation was performed at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon, but sadly the doctor removed Mr Haines healthy left testicle.
The 54-year-old sued the surgeon. A Huntingdon County jury sided with Haines and awarded him $A1.15 million – $A815,000 for pain and suffering, and a further $A330,000 for punitive damages. The urologist was found to be “reckless” by the jury for removing Haines’ healthy testicle.

Source: News.com

Explosion at Brussels train station considered terrorist attack


An explosion at a train station in Brussels, Belgium, that prompted the station to be evacuated but left no victims injured, is considered a terrorist attack, according to the Belgian federal prosecutor's office. One suspect was shot by the military after the explosion at Brussels Central Station, a senior Belgian law enforcement official told ABC News. A spokesman for the Belgian federal police said the suspected attacker is dead.  No one else was injured in the explosion, which occurred around 8:30 p.m. local time, Van Der Sypt added. Police said the situation is "under control."
Belgian Federal Prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt said the identity of the suspect is not known.
Belgian officials told ABC News that authorities are investigating whether the suspect had an explosive device or devices, potentially a suicide vest or a bag or suitcase. When asked if there were other suspects, Van Der Sypt said he would not comment. One eyewitness told Belgian TV that he heard screaming and saw flames. Eyewitness Arash Aazami told ABC News he heard two explosions and gunfire. He was sheltering inside a restaurant as he told ABC News there was a heavy presence of military, ambulances and police. The nature of the device was not immediately clear but the bomb squad was called in for fear of additional explosives in the area.

US warplane shoots down Syrian jet near Raqqah

A U.S. warplane shot down a Syrian jet on Sunday near the Islamic State-held city of Raqqah, according to US officials, creating the latest escalation between the U.S. and Syria since the civil war began six years ago. The Pentagon said the U.S.-led coalition took the unprecedented move after a Syrian Su-22 attack aircraft bombed its allies who were fighting Islamic State militants south of the city of Tabqah, roughly 25 miles west of Raqqah. A U.S.-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab militia fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, is involved in a large-scale offensive on Raqqah, Islamic State’s self-declared capital in Syria.
About 4:30 p.m., Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad attacked U.S. ground partners in the recently recaptured town of Jadin, south of Tabqah, according to a U.S. military timeline. The assault drove the militia fighters from the town. But the U.S. scrambled aircraft to fly over the battlefield in “a show of force” that stopped the pro-government forces’ advance.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns


Travis Kalanick has stepped down as CEO of Uber. The news comes as the company has been hit with an extended barrage of scandal and controversy; Kalanick had already recently taken a leave of absence following the death of his mother. According to The New York Times, a group of major Uber investors demanded Kalanick’s immediate resignation earlier Tuesday. Kalanick acquiesced after “hours of discussions”, but will reportedly stay on Uber’s board and still controls a majority of voting shares.
“I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors’ request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight,” Kalanick said in a statement to the Times.
“Travis has always put Uber first,” the company’s board said in a statement. “This is a bold decision and a sign of his devotion and love for Uber. By stepping away, he’s taking the time to heal from his personal tragedy while giving the company room to fully embrace this new chapter in Uber’s history. We look forward to continuing to serve with him on the board.”

Deadly clashes in Bria, CAR despite ceasefire deal


At least 40 people have been killed in fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR), a day after a ceasefire was signed between rebels and the government. The mayor of the town of Bria, north-east of the capital, Bangui, spoke of bodies lying in the streets. The truce, signed in Rome on Monday, included an immediate ceasefire. It was intended to bring armed groups into the political process in exchange for ending attacks. Thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in the CAR since mainly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize in 2013.
The move triggered a backlash from mostly Christian militias, called the anti-balaka. Town Mayor Maurice Belikoussou told Reuters news agency that 42 bodies had been taken to hospital.
"There are also bodies in the neighbourhoods that have not been picked up yet," he added.

Mohammed bin Salman named Saudi Arabia's crown prince


Saudi Arabia's King Salman has appointed his son, Mohammed bin Salman, as heir, in a major reshuffle announced early on Wednesday. A royal decree removed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a 57-year-old nephew of the king, as next-in-line to the throne and replaced him with Mohammed bin Salman, 31, who was previously the deputy crown prince. According to the official Saudi Press Agency, the newly-announced crown prince was also named deputy prime minister and maintained his post as defence minister. The former crown prince was also fired from his post as interior minister, the decree said. Saudi Arabia's Allegiance Council voted 34 to 31 in favour of the changes, according to the state-owned al-Arabiya channel.  The Saudi king called for a public pledging of allegiance to the new crown prince on Wednesday, the channel said.
Source: Aljazeera

Farmer dies after pet pig bit off his penis and three fingers


A farmer died after getting in to a fight with his pig and it bit off his penis and three of his fingers.
Miguel Anaya Pablo started fighting with the animal, who lived with him, after coming home from a drunken night out. The 60-year-old began provoking the creature by jumping up and knocking him over and an aggressive tussle broke out,Metro UK reports. But it chomped off his manhood before biting three of his fingers off, leaving him lying in a pool of blood on the floor.
Neighbours later found Pablo and called an ambulance, and he was rushed to hospital near his hometown of Tuxtepec, Mexico. But the cuts and wounds caused by the pig's bites became infected and he was later pronounced dead.

Brazil: police claim to have evidence President Michel Temer received bribes


Brazil’s federal police has said that investigators have found evidence the president, Michel Temer, received bribes to help businesses, raising a new threat that the embattled leader could be suspended from office pending a corruption trial. Temer has been under investigation due to plea bargain testimony by the wealthy businessman Joesley Batista of the giant meatpacking company JBS that linked the president and an aide to bribes and the president to an alleged endorsement of hush money for jailed ex-House Speaker Eduardo Cunha. Temer has denied any wrongdoing and insists he will not resign. If Brazil’s top prosecutor agrees with the federal police recommendation, Congress will decide whether Temer should be investigated by the supreme court, which is the only body that can formally investigate the president. If two-thirds of Congress voted to allow the investigation, Temer would be suspended from office pending trial.

Leonardo DiCaprio turns over Picasso painting, Brando Oscar, works of art worth millions to US Justice Department


Renowned actor Leonardo DiCaprio has voluntarily surrendered several works of art worth millions of dollars and an Oscar statuette that once belonged to Marlon Brando to the U.S. Government, as part of its ongoing investigation into a money laundering operation connected to Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak. The works of art were reportedly gifts from Malaysian financiers connected to Riza Aziz, co-founder of Red Granite Pictures, the outfit that produced the DiCaprio-starring “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
The Justice Department has been carrying out an investigating to determine whether Aziz assisted his father-in-law, Prime Minister Razak, in embezzling more than $4 billion, some of which was used to finance Red Granite, and several of the company’s films. The surrendered items include: a Picasso painting, “Nature Morte au Crane de Taureau,” valued at more than $3 million; a Basquiat collage, “Redman One,” valued at at least $9 million; a Diane Arbus photograph valued at $750,000; and the Oscar Brando won for his performance in “On the Waterfront.” The paintings and photograph were included in a 250-page forfeiture complaint filed last week by the Justice Department. However, representatives for DiCaprio say that the paintings were surrendered to the government before the complaint was filed. The Marlon Brando Oscar, a set gift from Red Granite, was not mentioned in the Justice Department complaint, but was turned over voluntarily along with the other items.

Child anger: Eight ways parents can manage behaviour and understand their child


Often when a child is expressing anger, their parent may feel the child is becoming more powerful in that relationship. It can leave mums and dads feeling as if they’re treading on eggshells around their kids, and that they should be able to manage this behaviour. Anger and violence issues debilitates parents and leaves them questioning how they parent their children.
“It gives mums and dads a sense of inadequacy, making them feel under-confident.”
Children may experience the emotion of anger for a range of different reasons. Some may be affected by family issues such as divorce, and others may be going through stressful situations at school with friends or bullies. Anger can also be provoked by having to cope with hormone changes during puberty or just because a kid feels fearful about aspects of their life, states NHS Choices. Saddleton said it’s important for parents to remember that a child’s behaviour is always a form of communication, so it’s a your job to understand what they are trying to convey. Anger is not always a bad emotion to have, as Saddleton explained: “Sometimes anger is appropriate, it can be constructive, not always destructive.”

Manchester United manager José Mourinho accused of tax fraud in Spain


Spanish prosecutors have filed a claim against the Manchester United manager José Mourinho, accusing him of defrauding the tax authorities of €3.3 million (£2.9m) while he managed Real Madrid. In a statement released on Tuesday, a prosecutor in Madrid said the Portuguese manager had committed two counts of tax fraud in 2011 and 2012, saying that “corporate structures were used by the accused in order to conceal revenues generated from his image rights”. Mourinho failed to declare that income when he submitted his tax returns in the relevant years “with the intention of deriving unlawful benefit”, the prosecutor alleges. Mourinho has yet to comment on the claims. A judge will decide whether the matter will go to court.

KFC to launch chicken sandwich into space


It’s one small step for a chicken sandwich, and one giant leap for fast food. On June 21, KFC plans to launch its Zinger chicken sandwich into a space via a high-altitude solar-powered balloon known as a “stratollite,” a word combining “stratosphere” and “satellite.”
The chicken sandwich will zip up to about 28.5 miles above Earth ― not quite the 62-mile threshold to be considered to be the edge of space, but, as the New York Times notes, it’s cheaper than shooting off an orbiting rocket. Assuming the launch goes off without a hitch, the balloon and the sandwich will float above Earth for at least four days, while the stratollite records telemetry data to help future launches by World View, the balloon’s manufacturer, according to the Associated Press. Whether anyone wants to eat the sandwich after that remains a mystery.