Category: World

Australia fruit scare: Needles found in New Zealand strawberries

SOURCE: BBC NEWS: The Australian scare over needles found in strawberries has spread to New Zealand after needles were found in a punnet of the fruit in an Auckland supermarket. The Countdown supermarket chain said it had taken a brand of Australian strawberries off the shelves. There have been over 100 reports of needles being […]

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WHO releases global status report on alcohol and health

More than three million people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol each year, according to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO). This represents one in 20 deaths. More than three quarters of these deaths were among men. Overall, the harmful use of alcohol causes more than five per cent […]

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EAST AFRICA – Death toll climbs

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Hundreds of solemn people watched Friday as body after body was pulled from a capsized ferry that Tanzanian authorities said was badly overcrowded and upended in the final stretch before reaching shore. The death toll was above 130 but horrified witnesses feared that would rise as a second day of searching […]

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INDIA – ‘Honour killing’

On September 14, Pranay Perumalla was murdered in front of his wife, Amrutha, in an alleged honour killing. BBC Telugu’s Deepthi Bathini spoke to Amrutha, whose father has been arrested for plotting the attack. Amrutha and Pranay were high school sweethearts in Miriyalaguda, a small town in the southern Indian state of Telangana. They first […]

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INDIA – Seven-year-old in critical condition after rape

NEW DELHI – A 7-year-old girl is in critical condition at a New Delhi hospital after undergoing surgery for injuries she suffered while being raped with a metal water pipe, officials said Wednesday. Her mother was by her bedside after the girl underwent hours of surgery. The exact type of pipe used in the assault […]

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WORLD: Typhoon Mangkhut batters the Philippines

Some 14 people have been killed in a massive storm which brought destruction to the northern Philippines, a presidential adviser says. Typhoon Mangkhut ripped through the Philippines’ main island of Luzon, and is now moving west towards China. Almost all buildings in the city of Tuguegarao sustained some damage, a government official said, and communications […]

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USA – At least four dead as Hurricane Florence drenches the Carolinas

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Blowing ashore with howling 90 mph (155 kph) winds, Hurricane Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster. At least four people were killed. Forecasters warned that drenching rains […]

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USA – ‘Threat becomes reality’

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The big slosh has begun, and the consequences could be disastrous. Hurricane Florence’s leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 100 mph (155 kph) winds for a drenching siege that could last […]

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Hurricane Florence closes in on Carolinas

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Motorists streamed inland on highways converted to one-way evacuation routes Tuesday as about 1.7 million people in three states were warned to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a hair-raising storm taking dead aim at the Carolinas with 140 mph winds and potentially ruinous rains. Florence was expected to blow […]

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USA – Evacuation order

RALEIGH, N.C. — Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and South Carolina, carrying winds up to 130 mph and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week. Communities along a stretch of coastline that’s vulnerable to […]

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USA – Officer Tasers girl, 11, for shoplifting

Cincinnati – A Cincinnati police officer who deployed a stun gun on a 11-year-old girl suspected of shoplifting violated department policy, investigators say. Officer Kevin Brown, 55, was also heard on bodycam video telling the girl that actions like hers were “why there’s no grocery stores in the black community”. His comment prompted an internal […]

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WORLD – India throws out ban on gay sex

NEW DELHI — India’s Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a colonial-era law that made gay sex punishable by up to ten years in prison, a landmark victory for gay rights that one judge said would “pave the way for a better future”. The 1861 law, a relic of Victorian England that hung on long […]

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USA – $400,000 ‘gone’

NEW JERSEY – More than $400,000 (£307,000) that was raised for a homeless man with the help of two strangers is gone, his lawyers have told the BBC. The story of Johnny Bobbitt led to over 14,000 people to contribute to a GoFundMe campaign. He sued the couple who started it for mismanagement. A judge […]

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JAPAN – Deadly typhoon

TOKYO – Japan issued evacuation advisories for more than a million people and canceled hundreds of flights as Typhoon Jebi sliced across the west on Tuesday, cutting power, overturning cars and killing at least six people. Jebi, or “swallow” in Korean, was briefly a super typhoon and is the most powerful storm to hit Japan […]

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Rev. Jasper Williams Jr

Franklin’s family says eulogy was offensive

NEW YORK (AP) — The late Aretha Franklin’s family said Monday that it found an Atlanta pastor’s eulogy delivered at the Queen of Soul’s funeral last week to be offensive and distasteful. The eulogist, the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., was criticized for a political address that described children being in a home without a father […]

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Women caned in Malaysia

Malaysia women caned for attempting to have same sex

Two Malaysian women convicted of attempting to have lesbian sex in a car have been caned in a religious court. The Muslim women, aged 22 and 32, were each caned six times in the Sharia High Court in the state of Terengganu. According to an official, this is the state’s first conviction for same-sex relations […]

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World: Meghan McCain pays tribute to her father

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator John McCain’s daughter paid tribute to her father on Saturday with a broadside at President Donald Trump, lambasting the U.S. leader without naming him for using “cheap rhetoric” against a man celebrated as a war hero and statesman. Meghan McCain, who has made no secret of her unhappiness with Trump’s criticism […]

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