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Day: January 15, 2016

CCTV released after woman tries to stab teenage boy on London bus in Boxing Day attack
ENGLISH, London

CCTV released after woman tries to stab teenage boy on London bus in Boxing Day attack

    Officers from the Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command have released CCTV footage and images to identify a woman after the attempted stabbing of a teenage boy on a London bus. On 26 December 2015 at about 12:30pm, the 15-year-old boy boarded a Route 133 bus on Brixton Road, Lambeth, with his 51-year-old grandmother. A police spokesman said: "The suspect, who was already on the bus, approached the victim and produced a large kitchen knife, which she attempted to stab the victim with. The victim's grandmother intervened and managed to disarm the suspect, who then got off the bus and fled towards Oval. The victim suffered a minor cut to the stomach, according to police reports. The woman is described as Asian, aged about 20 to 30 years. She was wearing a distinctive hea...
One brain dead, five hospitalised after drug trial goes wrong in France
ENGLISH, Europe

One brain dead, five hospitalised after drug trial goes wrong in France

  One person was left brain-dead and five others hospitalised after participating in a drug trial in France, the country’s Health Minister Marisol Touraine said in a statement on Friday. Touraine said that the six had been taking part in a trial for an oral medication being developed by a European laboratory in the northwestern city of Rennes when a “serious accident” took place. The minister did not say what the medicine was intended to be used for, but French media reported that the trial was for a painkiller containing cannabis. The six volunteers took the medication at a private laboratory, which was “specialised in carrying out clinical trials”, Touraine said. All tests on the drug have now been suspended and trial participants called back. The study was a Phase I clinical tria...
Saudi Minister Urges Britons To Respect Their Brutal Death Penalty
Arab world, ENGLISH

Saudi Minister Urges Britons To Respect Their Brutal Death Penalty

    Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister has urged Britons to respect his country's death penalty, as the brutal Saudi justice system strains relations between the two countries. Adel Al-Jubeir faced tough questioning from Channel 4 News Jonathan Rugman, who told the ambassador his country has a terrible image problem" and asked: You don't have to execute as many people as you do, do you? The minister responded: We have a fundamental difference, in your country, you do not execute people, we respect it. In our country, the death penalty is part of our laws and you have to respect this as it is the law. The questioning comes after an international outcry over a number of high-profile executions in the state, including that of prominent Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Some 47 prisoners were exe...
UK weather: Bitterly cold weekend ahead as snow and ice forecast
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

UK weather: Bitterly cold weekend ahead as snow and ice forecast

    Weather forecasters have warned of freezing temperatures and snowy conditions in Britain this weekend, when temperatures could drop to -14C causing chaos on the roads and for rail travellers. Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples told the Daily Telegraph: "There are still snow showers to come for northern and western parts this evening. Overnight Northern Ireland, western and northern parts of Scotland and down through Wales might see a few centimetres." The snow could move as far south as Cornwall and Dartmoor, while the east coast is expected to be worst hit, with snow reaching as far as the Thames Estuary and Kent. Meteorologist Leon Brown at The Weather Channel tells us a frosty and dry weekend is ahead for much of the country, with plenty of sunshine too. "Saturday nigh...
German Town Sends Bus Of Refugees To Merkel
ENGLISH, Europe

German Town Sends Bus Of Refugees To Merkel

    A German town has sent a bus carrying 31 Syrian refugees to Chancellor Angela Merkel's office in Berlin in protest at her open-door migrant policy. Landshut in Bavaria said it was buckling under the strain of an influx that brought 1.1 million migrants to Germany last year. The town's mayor Peter Dreier said he organised the seven-hour journey after residents told him "it's time we set a limit". He called it "an act of desperation" and said he had warned Ms Merkel about his plans in a phone call in October last year. "We are trying to help these people integrate. But that won't work if this year we face another wave of one million, or even more," Mr Dreier added. Pro-refugee campaigners condemned the trip as a publicity stunt that exploited the refugees, who are all Syrian...