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Philippine man nailed to cross 32 times ‘no longer feels pain’

A Philippine man who has been nailed to a cross every Easter for the past 32 years in a Good Friday re-enactment of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion says he no longer feels any pain from his wounds. Ruben Enaje, 58, again portrayed Christ on Friday in the traditional religious rite in Cutud village, about 76 km (47 miles) from the capital ...

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Martin-Luther King Centre distances self from ‘leadership award’ to Buhari

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The Martin Luther King, Jr Centre has distanced itself from a leadership and anti-corruption award given to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari. President Buhari recently received an award of leadership and anti-corruption from a group said to be associated with Martin Luther King. The award was said to be part of the King’s family activities marking the Black History Month. State ...

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Ex Chinese vice mayor sentenced to death for corruption

Zhang Zhongsheng, the former vice mayor of Luliang City in north China’s Shanxi Province, was sentenced to death on Wednesday for taking bribes of more than 1 billion yuan (US$159 million), a court said today, according to Xinhua news agency. Zhang’s personal assets will be confiscated, according to the Intermediate People’s Court of Linfen City in Shanxi. The former official ...

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‘Smoking’ elephant in India baffles experts

A video of a wild elephant in India blowing out ashes has baffled wildlife experts around the world. Vinay Kumar, a scientist belonging to the Wildlife Conservation Society (India), filmed the 48-second video during a work trip to Nagarhole forest in Karnataka state in April 2016. He told the BBC that he had not released the video until now because ...

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Young billionaire pays company $10,000 to kill him and preserve his brain

A Silicon Valley billionaire is paying $10,000 to be killed so that his brain can be preserved in the hope that it will one day be uploaded to a computer so he can live on digitally forever. Sam Altman, 32, a tech entrepreneur, has paid to join a waiting list at Nectome — a start-up that promises to preserve your brain so it ...

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Australia: Gay MP weds colleague after proposal in Parliament

An Australian MP has wed his partner, three months after proposing to him in parliament during a debate on legalising same-sex marriage. Government MP Tim Wilson and Ryan Bolger celebrated their “special day” on Sunday, the politician said online. Australian MPs voted to legalise same-sex marriage in December. Earlier that month, Mr Wilson had become the first MP to make a ...

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Iran jails woman for removing headscarf in public

Iran jails woman for removing headscarf in public

An Iranian woman who publicly removed her veil to protest against a mandatory hijab law has been sentenced to two years in prison, prosecutors say. The woman, who has not been officially named, was found guilty of “encouraging moral corruption”, Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi said. He added that 21 months of the woman’s sentence had been suspended and that she ...

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Sanchez Watt: Player sent off after referee mistakes his name for dissent

“Watt.” “What?” “Watt!” A player has been sent off after a referee mistook his name for dissent. Referee Dean Hulme asked Sanchez Watt, who was playing for Hemel Hempstead Town, for his name as he was about to be booked in a National League South game against East Thurrock United. The 27-year-old repeatedly replied: “Watt” but Hulme believed he was ...

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Canada: Doctors protest against increment of their salaries

In Canada, more than 500 doctors and residents, as well as over 150 medical students, have signed a public letter protesting their own pay raises. “We, Quebec doctors who believe in a strong public system, oppose the recent salary increases negotiated by our medical federations,” the letter says. The group say they are offended that they would receive raises when nurses ...

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Kenya doctors ‘perform brain surgery on wrong patient’

Four Kenyan medics have been suspended after cutting open the skull of the wrong patient at a hospital in Nairobi. One patient needed surgery for a blood clot on the brain, the other only non-invasive treatment for swelling. But a horrifying mix-up of identification tags saw the wrong man operated on, reports say. The doctors did not realise their mistake ...

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