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Kenya raises alert over lions’ escape

Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, is on alert after several lions escaped from a nearby national park overnight and strayed into the city. One lioness and her two cubs have been recaptured, and two other animals are believed to have gone back into the Nairobi National Park on their own accord. But it is not clear whether more lions remain on the ...

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Man beheads mother, butchers 5 at Assin Akrofuom

Police in the Central Region have confirmed the brutal killing of six people at Assin Akrofuom. The slain included four relatives of the suspect, Akwesi Ganu, an ex-convict . Those butchered were his parents, sister, brother and two other neighbors. But a six year old boy, who survived the gruesome attack, is currently on admission at a hospital. The Divisional Crime Officer for ...

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Ghanaian jailed in UK for raping lesbian

A Ghanaian by name, Francis Kofi Okrah has been jailed in the United Kingdom for raping a lesbian in that country. He was sentenced to seven years in prison, however his jail term has been increased after he filed an appeal. According to the Daily Mail, the “remorseless rapist who tried to appeal his seven-year jail sentence by claiming his ...

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Australian town overrun by ‘hairy panic’ weeds

A fast-growing tumbleweed called “hairy panic” is clogging up homes in a small Australian town. Extremely dry conditions mean the weeds pile up each day outside a row of homes at Wangaratta, in Victoria’s northeast. Frustrated residents are forced to clear out the weeds for several hours every day, with piles of hairy panic at times reaching roof height. A ...

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Nigerian judge hits out at man’s 90-lawyer defence team

A Nigerian judge has criticized a lawyer facing criminal charges after he turned up to court in Lagos with a defence team of more than 90 people. Justice Aishat Opesanwo described the approach as tantamount to “harassment and intimidation”, a statement by Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency says. Prominent lawyer Rickey Tarfa is charged with the obstruction of justice and attempting to ...

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World War II veteran reunites with wartime love after 70 years

An American World War II veteran and his wartime girlfriend will spend this Valentine’s Day together following an emotional reunion after more than 70 years apart. Norwood Thomas, 93, laughed Wednesday as he met and hugged Joyce Morris, 88, for the first time since 1945. “This is about the most wonderful thing that could have happened,” said the former U.S. ...

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Woman confronts husband who paid to have her killed at own funeral

Noela Rukundo sat in a car outside her home, watching as the last few mourners filed out. They were leaving a funeral — her funeral. Finally, she spotted the man she’d been waiting for. She stepped out of her car, and her husband put his hands on his head in horror. “Is it my eyes?” she recalled him saying. “Is ...

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‘Youngest’ conjoined sisters separated at Swiss hospital

Doctors in Switzerland say they have separated eight-day-old conjoined sisters, believed to be the youngest babies to be successfully parted. The twins, born in December, were fused at the liver and chest. Swiss media say doctors had originally planned to separate them when they were several months old but brought the operation forward when they each suffered a life-threatening condition. ...

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The man who’s turning into a tree [Photos]

A Bangladeshi man dubbed as the tree-man because of wart-like lesions growing from his hands and feet has been admitted to hospital. Abul Bajandar, 25, from Khulna, has been suffering from a disease known as Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis – a rare and inherited skin disorder – for the past seven years. Doctors at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) will ...

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Italian town welcomes first baby in 28 years

A small town in northern Italy is celebrating the arrival of its first baby since the 1980s. The mayor of Ostana, which lies in the mountains of the Piedmont region, says the new arrival is a “dream come true” for the tiny community, which has seen its population plummet over the past 100 years. Baby Pablo, who was born in ...

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