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Doctor delivers baby on international flight

An off-duty doctor sprung into action on a long-haul flight when a woman sitting next to him suddenly went into labour on the plane. 27-year-old second-year urology resident Dr Sij Hemal successfully delivered baby Jake after his mother’s contractions started a week early on December 17. For Dr Hemal, who works at Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, the ...

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Kenya: Man rapes two goats to death

A Kenyan man is behind bars for raping his mother’s two goats to death. Mbithi Munyao, 35, is said to have dragged them from a grazing area for a sickening two-hour session. The terrified, bleating animals died of exhaustion as soon as he finished the vile attack, police have said. The animals’ bodies were presented as evidence before a shocked ...

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China exam tests students on teacher names

A Chinese college has reportedly raised eyebrows after it included an unusual question on its final exams – asking students whether they could identify their teacher. According to China Youth Daily, students at the Sichuan Vocational College of Culture and Communication were handed papers with photos of seven people during their exams, and asked to select their teacher and write ...

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Guinea healer held over faking hundreds of pregnancies

Police in Guinea say they have arrested a healer for conning hundreds of women into believing they were pregnant. N’na Fanta Camara gave women who had been unable to conceive a mixture of leaves, herbs and other medicines that caused them to bloat and look pregnant. For her services, patients paid $33 (£24), in a country where the average monthly ...

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The Indian woman who chose a bull over marriage

Selvarani Kanagarasu, a daily wage labourer from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, has shunned marriage so that she can take care of a prize-fighting bull. BBC Tamil’s Pramila Krishnan talks to her about her life. Ms Kanagarasu, now 48, was only a teenager when she decided that she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father and ...

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Referee aims kick at player then sends him off in PSG win

Paris St-Germain’s latest Ligue 1 win ended in controversy as the referee aimed a kick at a Nantes player after they collided – then sent him off. Nantes finished the game with 10 men as defender Diego Carlos was shown a second yellow card in injury time after the incident with referee Tony Chapron. Nantes chairman Waldemar Kita said Chapron ...

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‘I replied to a Facebook post and was married six days later’

Everyone who uses Facebook will have come across some pretty strange posts in their time. Random friend requests, being added to groups you did not ask to join, and tags that allow “friends” to clog up your timeline with posts or photos you don’t necessarily want. But a Nigerian man took that to a whole new level when he posted ...

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Prostitute returns to work 30 minutes after giving birth

A prostitute went back to work in a notorious red light district just 30 minutes after giving birth, a Police Community Support Office has revealed. Jacqui Fairbanks, has been helping the sex workers in Hull’s Hessle Road for ten years and says there are currently around 40 of them working in the area at various times. Many come from backgrounds ...

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Indian teenagers expelled from school for hugging

A hug between two teenagers in southern India has snowballed into a national controversy after their school expelled them for a “public display of affection”. The BBC’s Ashraf Padanna spoke to them. After she had sung on stage in a competition at St Thomas Central School in Kerala, the 15-year-old asked her friend, a boy of 16, how she had ...

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Meet the 22-year-old Ghanaian already pursuing a PhD

Samuel Fiifi Hammond is a remarkable student. Not just because of his in-depth understanding of technical issues but his unwavering determination to break the traditional educational status quo. He is only 22, yet he is pursuing a doctorate at the Newcastle University in Australia. Samuel, only in 2016 graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) with ...

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