Thursday, January 28, 2016

Disneyland Paris: Man arrested carrying two guns

French police at the New York Hotel, Disneyland Paris

French police have arrested a man carrying two guns at an entrance to a hotel at Disneyland Paris.
The man, reportedly aged 28 and not known to security services, was also discovered with a copy of the Koran and a box of ammunition, police said.

HIV becoming resistant to key drug, study finds

HIV virus

Strains of the HIV virus are becoming resistant to an antiretroviral drug commonly used to prevent and fight it, research has suggested.
HIV was resistant to the drug Tenofovir in 60% of cases in several African countries according to the study, covering the period from 1998 to 2015.

Eritrea 'appalled' by hoax forced polygamy story

Screen grab from online newspaper

A satirical story that Eritrean men have been ordered to marry at least two wives, which has been shared across Africa, has upset Eritrean officials.
"Even a madman in [the Eritrean capital] Asmara would know that this story was not true," an Eritrean official told the BBC.

Cops seize 50 pounds of pot after watching drug deal in broad daylight

Police in Brooklyn recovered more than 50 pounds of marijuana after they saw two men conducting a drug deal in broad daylight, authorities said.
The cops were on patrol near 92nd Street and 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge when they saw two cars pull up next to each other around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, officials said.

Nobody wants to have sex with Justin Bieber

Put some clothes on, Bieber!
The “Sorry” singer dropped trou for Calvin Klein again on Wednesday, modeling underwear alongside his rumored former girlfriend Kendall Jenner in a new advertising campaign — sprawling out in bed, masquerading as a stud.

Hero principal dies saving students

A US primary school principal was seen pushing several students out of the way of an oncoming bus before the vehicle fatally struck her, authorities said on Tuesday.

Appeal Court ruling dangerous for Nigeria’s democracy

A group, Youths for Democracy, has called on the Supreme Court to save the nation’s democracy by upturning the ruling of the Appeal Court on Taraba State, which returned Darius Ishaku as governor.

Needle-phobic pancreas transplant 'world first'

A British woman has become the first person in the world to have a pancreas transplant because of a severe needle phobia, her doctors have said.
Sue York - who has had type-1 diabetes since she was seven - would shake uncontrollably and vomit when injecting herself with insulin.

The world of Nigeria's sex-trafficking 'Air Lords'

Police siege

Last year, the BBC's Sam Piranty was given access by the Catalan police, Mossos D'Esquadra, to an investigation into a Nigerian sex-trafficking gang. He spoke to traffickers and women rescued from sexual slavery before filming an early morning raid in November, which led to 23 arrests. He also discovered that the gang is now using London as a gateway into Europe.

EU pledges crack down on corporate tax avoidance

EU flags waving outside European Commission building in Brussels

The European Commission has stepped up efforts to tackle tax avoidance.
It has published measures to "hamper aggressive tax planning".
One proposal is for tax authorities to share information on multinationals among themselves, as agreed in the OECD deal signed by 31 nations on Wednesday.

Malala Yousafzai warns of education gap for Syrian refugees

A Syrian girl eats a sandwich as she stands outside her family tent, during the visit of Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, to a Syrian refugee camp in the town of Saadnayel, in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.

Campaigner Malala Yousafzai has called for more to be done to educate millions of Syrian refugee children displaced within the country and its neighbours.
Nearly half the roughly four million children displaced in the region are not in school, according to a new report by the Malala Fund.
They risk becoming a "lost generation", Ms Yousafzai warned.

Google achieves AI 'breakthrough' by beating Go champion

Go board

A Google artificial intelligence program has beaten the European champion of the board game Go.
The Chinese game is viewed as a much tougher challenge than chess for computers because there are many more ways a Go match can play out.
The tech company's DeepMind division said its software had beaten its human rival five games to nil.

Japanese economy minister Akira Amari quits over bribery claims

Japan"s Economy Minister Akira Amari wipes his nose during a press conference in Tokyo on January 28, 2016.

Japan's Economy Minister Akira Amari has said he is resigning amid corruption allegations.
Mr Amari unexpectedly made the announcement at a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday.
But he again denied personally receiving bribes from a construction company, as had been alleged by a Japanese magazine.

'Pornography' shown at funeral for Cardiff father and son

Simon Lewis

An investigation is under way after pornography was allegedly shown on a TV at a funeral for a father and his baby son.
The service for Simon Lewis, 33, and his son, Simon, was held at Cardiff's Thornhill Crematorium on Wednesday.

Zika virus: WHO sets up emergency team for 'explosive' outbreak

A baby in Recife having its head measured to detect microcephaly

The World Health Organization has set up a Zika "emergency team" after the "explosive" spread of the virus.
Zika has been linked to thousands of babies being born with small brains in Brazil.
WHO director general Dr Margaret Chan said Zika had gone "from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions" and was having a "heart-breaking" impact.

Laurent Gbagbo: Ivory Coast ex-leader denies war crimes

Gbagbo supporters at the ICC to back the former president, 28 Jan

Ivory Coast's ex-President Laurent Gbagbo has denied charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, as his landmark trial began at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The charges relate to the country's civil conflict that erupted after Mr Gbagbo lost elections in 2010.

Arrested after falling for another woman

Sanjida in her home village

When Sanjida left home to study, she met the person she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. The only problem - her partner was another woman, and same-sex marriage is not accepted in Bangladesh. Now, instead of finding happiness, she's facing criminal charges, accused of abduction.

Gaza: Hamas militants die in tunnel collapse

File photo: Overview of a tunnel built underground by Hamas militants leading from the Gaza Strip into Southern Israel, seen on August 4, 2014 near the Israeli Gaza border, Israel.

Palestinian militant group Hamas says seven of its fighters have died after an attack tunnel they were working on in north-east Gaza collapsed.
The tunnel near the Israeli border collapsed after heavy rain, it said.
Palestinian militants have used tunnels on Gaza's borders with Israel and Egypt to launch attacks on Israel, transport weapons or smuggle goods.

Joseph Fiennes 'shocked' to be cast as Michael Jackson

Joseph Fiennes and Michael Jackson

Joseph Fiennes has admitted he was "shocked" to be cast as Michael Jackson in a TV programme for Sky Arts.
The actor plays the singer in the comedy about a supposed road trip taken by Jackson, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sunny Leone wows web over grilling about porn past

Picture of Sonny Leone

A Bollywood actress has a new film coming out so she appears on TV to be questioned by one of India's leading interviewers. What could possibly go wrong?
Plenty it seems, when the interviewee is Sunny Leone, the Canadian-born former porn star who is a hugely controversial figure in India, where for the past few years she has been the most Googled person in the country.

Five SA children die 'locked in freezer'

map of kakamas

South African police have opened an inquiry into the death of five children who are thought to have suffocated after trapping themselves in a freezer.
The five cousins, aged between three and seven, were discovered by their grandmother in Kakamas town, Northern Cape province, on Tuesday, police say.

List of Expelled/Suspended UNICAL Students — 2014/15

University of Calabar, UNICAL published List of Expelled/Suspended Students effect from 2014/2015 Academic Session.
Authority of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) has published the names of students expelled and suspended for misconduct with effect from the 2014/2015 academic session.

Nekede Poly Freshmen Matriculation Ceremony Date – 2015/16

This is to inform all the newly admitted students of  the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri that the authority of the polytechnic has announced the date for the 2015/2016 academic session matriculation ceremony.

Kenyan police kill 'four terror suspects' in Malindi

most wanted list

Four terror suspects in Kenya have been killed during a dawn raid on a safe house in the coastal town of Malindi, police in the East African nation say.
The officers recovered arms, ammunition and a map of the area detailing future targets for attack, regional police commissioner Nelson Marwa said.

Nigeria's Olubadan, ruler of Ibadan land, dies at 101

Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade

An influential monarch in south-west Nigeria, the Olubadan, or ruler of Ibadan land, has died at the age of 101, his son has confirmed to the BBC.

Oil prices hit fresh 12-year low, trade below $28 per barrel

OIL futures traded below $28 a barrel on Wednesday, dragged down by a fresh slide in the global financial markets and continued concerns about the glut of crude.

Microsoft commits $1b in cloud computing resources

The Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of Microsoft Corp. Satya Nadella, yesterday announced that Microsoft Philanthropies would donate $1 billion of Microsoft cloud services to serve non-profits and university researchers over the next three years.

Pipeline bombings: NNPC Shuts Port Harcourt, Kaduna refineries

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Wednesday,  announced the operational shutdown of the Port Harcourt and Kaduna Refineries owing to crude supply challenges arising from recent attacks on vital crude oil pipelines.

World’s oldest man dies, and reveals the secret to living longer

THE world’s oldest man has died at the age of 112. But he didn’t pass away without leaving his secrets to living a long life.
Japanese man Yasutaro Koide, born on March 13, 1903, died two months short of his 113th birthday.

Tourist forgets wife at service station, drives for 100 kilometres

A WOMAN was driven to fury after her forgetful husband left her behind at a service station.
The couple, along with their teenage son, had enjoyed a holiday in Brazil and were on a road trip back to Argentina when the mistake happened, according to local media.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Rise in number of Aussie kids falling victim to cyberbullying

EXCLUSIVE: Children as young as 10 are being subjected to vicious online attacks by young cyber bullies who are creating fake social media accounts to taunt others.

Mum placed on sex offender register after sharing revenge porn videos of cheating boyfriend

A MUM shared revenge porn videos after her boyfriend cheated on her while she was in labour with their child — now she has ended up on the sex offender register.
The Sun reports Lorraine Donoghue, 32, has admitted her actions were “nasty” and warned women not to do the same thing.

Controversial crowd-funding site My Free Implants trials other types of surgery online

ONCE a month, 33-year-old Colorado man Tristan sits down at his computer to make a donation. But instead of UNICEF or Oxfam, the recipient will be listed on My Free Implants — a controversial crowd-funding site for plastic surgery.

Day care teacher who turned classroom into a ‘baby fight club’ found guilty

A VIRGINIA day care teacher who turned her classroom into what a prosecutor called a “baby fight club” has been convicted on more than a dozen criminal charges.

Sex dungeon where ‘Swedish Fritzl’ doc imprisoned, drugged and ‘raped woman he planned to keep as a slave for years’

THIS is the horror bunker where a Swedish doctor drugged a woman and locked her away in a Josef Fritzl-style living hell.
The soundproofed rooms were meant to hold his helpless victim while he raped her over and over, it is claimed.

George W Bush tops Wikipedia 15th birthday list

George W Bush

Online encyclopaedia Wikipedia has marked its 15th birthday with a list of the most edited pages on the site.
The English language version of the site, which anyone can edit, has more than five million entries and has been edited around 808 million times.

The city in love with cars even though its air is toxic

Delhi traffic on an odd-day

Delhi is a city that adds 1,400 cars to its roads every day - and the minute the local government announced an emergency car rationing plan, the complaints and legal battles began.
Delhi-ites don't like rules. Across north India, there is an utter disdain for traffic regulations.
The experiment - to last just 15 days - meant only cars with odd-numbered plates could drive in Delhi on odd-numbered days, even-numbered cars on even days. Theoretically, traffic and emissions would be cut by half.

David Bowie albums make up 25% of top 40

David Bowie

Nineteen of David Bowie's albums have entered the UK album charts, after fans sought out his classic hits in the wake of his death.
His new album, Blackstar, reached number one, selling almost 150,000 copies since its release last week.

France clinical trial: 90 given drug, one man brain-dead

French Health Minister Marisol Touraine and Gilles Hedan, professor of clinical neurology, attend a news conference in Rennes, France, January 15, 2016

One man is brain-dead and another five people are in hospital after an experimental drug was administered to 90 people in a French clinical trial.
There is no known antidote to the drug, the chief neuroscientist at the hospital in Rennes said.

Online music videos 'expose teens to smoking and drinking'


Online music videos are heavily exposing teenagers to positive depictions of smoking and drinking alcohol, research suggests.
Such portrayals posed a "significant health hazard that requires appropriate regulatory control", researchers said.

Ebola virus: New case emerges in Sierra Leone

A health worker wearing a protective suit treats Ebola patients in West Africa

Sierra Leone officials have confirmed a death from Ebola, hours after the World Health Organization declared the latest West Africa outbreak over.
The country was declared free of the virus on 7 November, and the region as a whole was cleared when Liberia was pronounced Ebola-free on Thursday.

Celine Dion's brother Daniel dies two days after her husband

Singer Celine Dion performs during Sinatra 100 - An All-Star Grammy Concert in Las Vegas, Nevada December 2, 2015

The older brother of Canadian singer Celine Dion has died of cancer, two days after her husband also died.
Daniel Dion, 59, died on Saturday near Montreal, a statement by the singer's spokeswoman said.

Afghan suicide bomber targets Jalalabad elders, killing 13

Afghan security forces inspect the site of the suicide attack.

A suicide bomber has killed at least 13 people at the Jalalabad home of a prominent local politician who backs President Ashraf Ghani's peace talks.
Tribal elders had gathered at the home of Obaiduallah Shinwari to celebrate his brother's release from months of captivity by the Taliban.

Iran nuclear deal: US imposes new sanctions over missiles

An Iranian woman walks past a mural in Tehran, 16 January

The US has imposed fresh sanctions on Iranian companies and individuals over a recent ballistic missile test.
The new sanctions prevent 11 entities and individuals linked to the missile programme from using the US banking system.

Letter from Africa: Why Kenya has banned on-air sex

kenyan children going to scholl in a matatatu

In our series of letters from Africa, journalist Joseph Warungu reflects on the recent decision by Kenyan authorities to ban sex talk on radio.
The Kenyan government is trying to ban sex on air.
They argue that we're having it at the wrong time.
If it's after five in the morning, it's too late. And if it's before 10 at night, it's too early.

Rapper Mos Def ordered to leave South Africa in passport row

This file photo taken on May 17, 2015 shows US rapper Yasiin Bey formerly Mos Def posing as he arrives for the screening of the film "Amy" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France

The American rapper best known as Mos Def has been ordered to leave South Africa within 14 days after being arrested for breaking immigration laws.
Mos Def, now known as Yasiin Bey, was held at Cape Town International Airport on Thursday after trying to leave the country with unrecognised papers.

Bill Cosby to claim immunity in sex assault case

Bill Cosby

A key piece of evidence in the sex assault case against Bill Cosby has been called into question, according to reports.
An email seen by CNN alleges that a prosecutor promised Mr Cosby's deposition in a 2005 civil case would not be used to bring criminal charges.

France drug trial: Brain-dead man dies in hospital

A picture taken on January 16, 2016, in Rennes, western France, shows the logo of the Biotrial laboratory

A man left brain-dead after an experimental drug trial in France has died, local media report.
He was one of six people being treated in hospital in the city of Rennes.
The other five remain in a stable condition, the hospital said, four had "neurological problems", the fifth had no symptoms.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ex-footballer Marcus Bent pleads guilty to affray

Marcus Bent playing for Charlton Athletic in 2006

Ex-Premier League footballer Marcus Bent has admitted a charge of affray after an incident at his home in Surrey last September.
The 37-year-old striker from Esher has already pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine at Guildford Crown Court.

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