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Day: January 9, 2016

Parents Lived Normal Life Around Dead Boy
America, ENGLISH

Parents Lived Normal Life Around Dead Boy

    An American couple whose seven year old son was discovered decomposed in their Spanish apartment had lost their sense of reality, the case prosecutor has said. Bruce and Schrell Hopkins, aged 39 and 38, claimed the child did not wake up one morning but they would not accept he was dead. They have been charged with negligent homicide. The couple, originally from the Detroit area, have been provisionally released after questioning from a judge but their passports have been confiscated. Case prosecutor Enrique Barata said the exact cause and time death of their asthmatic son Caleb had yet to be established - though he was known to be alive when the family celebrated a birthday at a restaurant on 15 November. He was found beneath several blankets in the rented apartment in Gir...
Mao statue demolished in China
Asia, ENGLISH

Mao statue demolished in China

    A gargantuan gold-painted statue of Communist China's founding father Mao Zedong has suddenly been demol-ished, apparently for lacking government approval, state media said yesterday, days after images of it went viral. Images of the statue of a seated Mao towering some 37 metres (121 feet) over empty fields in the central province of Henan made worldwide headlines this week. But the 3 million yuan ($460,000) structure has been destroyed, the People's Net news portal cited local officials as saying, adding the reason was "unclear". The website is linked to the People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party. It cited reports from unspecified media as saying the likeness of the man who ruled China with an iron grip for nearly three decades until his death in ...
Britain braced for more bad weather as snow and rain wreak havoc
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Britain braced for more bad weather as snow and rain wreak havoc

    Britain is bracing itself for more severe weather after snow and heavy rain brought disruption to parts of the country. Police Scotland declared a "major incident" as dozens of homes were evacuated in Aberdeenshire when the swollen River Don burst its banks. Water also spilled from the River Ythan as emergency services mounted an operation to rescue residents. Up to 6cm of snow fell in Northumberland, while a number of roads were blocked and vehicles became stranded because of snow in southern Scotland. Forecasters said a cold air mass across northern Britain had brought the risk of icy conditions over the weekend. The Met Office has issued yellow be aware warnings for ice and rain across Scotland and northern England on Saturday, with heavy showers also expected in South ...
Mexico recaptures drug kingpin Chapo Guzman
America, ENGLISH

Mexico recaptures drug kingpin Chapo Guzman

    Mexican marines recaptured fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman following an intense military operation, six months after his spectacular prison tunnel escape embarrassed authorities. The chase for the world's most-wanted drug lord ended in the northwestern coastal city of Los Mochis, in his Sinaloa home state, where marines clashed with gang suspects before capturing Guzman. The 58-year-old's arrest is a major sigh of relief for President Enrique Pena Nieto, whose administra-tion was humiliated when Guzman broke out of a maximum-security prison on July 11. "Mission accomplished: We got him," Pena Nieto wrote on Twitter. The arrest followed "intense and careful" intelligence and investigative work that "broke up the network of influence and protection of this cr...
Egypt hotel attack: Isis flag raised by men who stabbed tourists at Bella Vista hotel in Hurghada
ENGLISH, Europe

Egypt hotel attack: Isis flag raised by men who stabbed tourists at Bella Vista hotel in Hurghada

    A member of the Egyptian security stands guard in front of the entrance to Bella Vista Hotel in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, Egypt, January 9, 2016. Three tourists stabbed by suspected Isis terrorists at an Egyptian beach resort are being treated for their injuries after the second attack on hotels in the country in two days. Two Austrians and a Swede were wounded by two men stormed the beachside Bella Vista hotel in Hurghada on Friday night, reportedly raising an Isis flag. Renata and Wilhelm Weisslein, both 72, and Sammie Olovsson, 27, were not seriously wounded and are in a stable condition. Security officials told the Reuters news agency that the assailants were also armed with a gun and explosives belt but were shot by police who repelled the assault. A hotel manag...