Saturday, September 30, 2023

Fishermen survive 25 days in icebox in shark infested waters after boat sinks

By Hannah Wood, Two fishermen who were lost in shark-infested waters for 25 days have been rescued. The duo was found desperately waving their shirts while helplessly floating in an icebox through treacherous waters. An Australian Coastwatch plane was flying across the Torres Strait, between Australia and Indonesia, on Saturday when the crew spotted ... Read more

Barack Obama inauguration: Everything you need to know

Barack Obama will make history when he is sworn in as the 44th President. Here is everything you need to know about the inauguration and the celebrations and festivities surrounding it: By Aislinn Simpson, Catherine Elsworth, Mike Pflanz and Tom Leonard Bible Barack Obama will swear his presidential oath of office on the bible Abraham ... Read more

Zimbabwe introduces $100 trillion banknote

Zimbabwe’s central bank will introduce a $100 trillion Zimbabwean banknote, worth about US $33 on the black market, to try to ease desperate cash shortages, state-run media said on Friday. Prices are doubling every day and food and fuel are in short supply. A cholera epidemic has killed more than 2,000 people and a deadlock ... Read more

Plane crashes in New York’s Hudson River, all 155 safe

NEW YORK: A US Airways plane carrying 155 people crashed into New York’s Hudson River Thursday, but all aboard had a miraculous escape as the freezing waters rose around them, US officials said. The Airbus carrying 150 passengers and five crew lost power in both engines almost simultaneously, a highly rare event, just minutes after ... Read more

Student auctions off virginity for offers of more than £2.5 million

A student who is auctioning her virginity to pay for a masters degree in Family and Marriage therapy has seen bidding hit £2.5million ($3.7m). Natalie Dylan, 22, claims her offer of a one-night stand has persuaded 10,000 men to bid for sex with her. Last September, when her auction came to light, she had received ... Read more

Third shark attack in 24 hours prompts panic on Australian beaches

From Times Online  Third shark attack in 24 hours prompts panic on Australian beaches Sophie Tedmanson in Sydney Australian beachgoers are on Jaws alert after three shark attacks in separate locations around the country over the past 24 hours. On Monday a snorkeller suffered 40 puncture wounds after fending off what is thought to have ... Read more

Rescuers search for nearly 250 missing in Indonesian ferry accident

Agencies Parepare: Rescuers battled rocky seas on Monday as they searched for nearly 250 people missing and feared dead after a ferry capsized off Indonesia’s Sulawesi island. About 250 passengers and 17 crew were believed to have been aboard the 700-ton Teratai Prima when it sank on

Israeli troops move into Gaza Strip

Agencies Occupied Jerusalem: The Israeli army pushed ahead with its ground offensive in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, with tanks and infantry battling Hamas fighters. Hamas said that Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian fighters in the outskirts of Gaza City. In northern

Boy guilty of shooting his mother

A 12-year-old boy has been found guilty in the United States of murdering his mother following a row over his household chores. A judge in Arizona ruled prosecutors had proved the boy acted intentionally when he shot his mother, Sara Madrid, eight times last year. The boy, from the city of Douglas in Cochise County, ... Read more

Miracle birth in mid-air, thank Indians

MICHAEL LEVENSON Boston, Jan. 2: Seems fair to say that the passengers who boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 59 in Amsterdam yesterday did not expect that by the time they landed in Boston seven hours later they would have new faith in themselves, and almost certainly not in the state of humanity. But as they jubilantly ... Read more

Vatican divorces from Italian law

By David Willey, BBC News, Rome The Vatican City State, the world’s smallest sovereign state, has decided to divorce itself from Italian law. Vatican legal experts say there are too many laws in Italian civil and criminal codes, and that they frequently conflict with Church principles. With effect from New Year’s Day, the Pope has ... Read more

Sri Lankan troops seize rebel HQ

Sri Lanka’s military have seized control of the Tamil Tiger rebels’ de facto capital of Kilinochchi, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced. He described the taking of the northern town as an “unparalleled victory” for government forces. A pro-Tamil website confirmed the news but said the town was mostly empty as the rebel fighters had moved ... Read more

Sex on beach Briton, Vince Acors, speaks out for first time

From Times Online Sex on beach Briton, Vince Acors, speaks out for first time Nico Hines A British businessman today spoke out for the first time about his conviction for having sex on a beach in Dubai, saying that he had been “extremely naive” but claiming that the verdict against him was unjust. Vince Acors ... Read more

Australian snorkeller snatched by shark

• Shredded westuit found off Perth coast • Son hears father’s screams Ellen Connolly in Sydney, A snorkeller is believed to have been snatched by a shark as he swam last weekend with his son at a beach south of Perth. Witnesses reported seeing a dorsal fin and thrashing in the water before the ... Read more

Indians warned to avoid Pakistan

India has advised its citizens against travelling to Pakistan as tension continues in the wake of last month’s deadly attacks in Mumbai. India’s foreign ministry said travel was “unsafe” after reports Indians had been detained following recent bomb attacks in Pakistani cities. Pakistani officials say the tension has meant scaling down military operations against militants ... Read more

Rice tops US ‘official gift list’

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has topped the list of US officials for the number of gifts received in 2007, a state department report shows. Ms Rice received $312,000 (£211,000) worth of jewels from the king of Saudi Arabia – worth three times more than his gifts to President George W Bush. Among the ... Read more

Suspected Santa gunman takes life; 8 others dead

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Dressed as Santa, Bruce Jeffrey Pardo walked up to his ex-in-laws’ home in Covina, California, on Christmas Eve and knocked on the door. An 8-year-old girl, elated to see Santa, ran toward the door. That’s when, police say, Pardo lifted a gun and shot her in the face. Pardo, 45, ... Read more

Mexican beauty queen arrested in gun-filled truck

AP Guadalajara: A reigning Mexican beauty queen from the drug-plagued state of Sinaloa was arrested with suspected gang members in a truck filled with guns and ammunition, police said on Tuesday. Miss Sinaloa 2008 Laura Zuniga stared at the ground, with her flowing dark hair concealing her face, as she stood squeezed between seven alleged ... Read more

Model leaps to her death after break-up with married lover

Friends say she was also troubled over a sex film featuring her, posted on the Net By Ians London: Sahar Daftary, an aspiring model and last year’s Miss Face of Asia, reportedly jumped to her death from her boyfriend’s apartment in Manchester following a break-up. Minutes before her death on Saturday night, the police received ... Read more

Judge visits Iraqi shoe-tossing journalist in jail

AP Baghdad: The Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at President George W Bush was visited by a judge in jail, the reporter’s brother said at a news conference. Muntadar Al Zaidi has been in custody since Sunday, when he gained folk hero status across the Arab world by throwing both shoes at Bush during ... Read more