Monthly archives: September 2013

Two trains collide in Chicago, injuring about four dozen

  About four dozen people were injured Monday when a Chicago Transit Authority train smashed crashed into another at a station in the western suburb of Forest Park. Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone says none of the injuries were serious. He says the injured were taken to ten hospitals, most complaining of back and neck pain. Calderone says it appears one westbound train and one eastbound train collided on the […]

A Point of View: Putting a price on love

Our loved ones are worth more to us than gold – but do we understand love’s true value, asks AL Kennedy. We’re told it’s a good thing, a many splendoured thing, all around and what the world needs now. Love. Just four letters to name something commonplace and yet unfathomable. It fascinates us, apparently. Our media earn their keep by telling us Miranda supports Orlando and Prince Felix has just […]


A mass funeral then a watery grave: Rare picture shows priest praying over Titanic victims before they are buried at sea

Photo taken on board Mackay Bennett in 1912 going under the hammer It’s estimated to go for £5,000 next month at auction in Devizes, Wiltshire It shows mass funeral for dozens of 1,512 who died in Atlantic disaster The ship’s priest is seen with body bags stacked on the windswept deck Some 166 of 306 bodies retrieved by Mackay Bennett were buried at sea They were gathered nine days after […]

'I just wanted to die': Ricky Hatton reveals how he came close to slashing his wrists as alcohol and drugs gripped his life

He describes how depression took hold after losing to Floyd Mayweather The 34-year-old tried to commit suicide with a knife on several occasions Ricky Hatton has revealed how his life became enveloped by drink and drugs – and that he came to the brink of suicide several times. The former boxer admits that depression took hold after he lost his first-ever boxing match, to Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas in […]


Pakistan explosion: Dozens killed in Peshawar market

An explosion has ripped through a market in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar, leaving at least 33 dead and dozens wounded, officials say. Police said a bomb had exploded in the Kissa Khwani market, with shops and vehicles set alight. The blast comes a week after a double suicide bombing that killed at least 80 people at a church in the city. On Friday, at least 17 people were […]

China's 'love hunters' seek brides for picky billionaires

China is moving forwards at an astonishing rate, but it lacks one vital commodity – young women. Men of marriageable age are confronted by a shrinking pool of potential female partners – and the competition to find a bride is fierce. Clutching his iced coffee, Peng Tai strolls down the street and disappears into a shopping mall. Half way up the escalator, he surveys the scene below. “What about that […]

At least 13 dead after Mumbai building collapse; dozens feared trapped

STORY HIGHLIGHTS NEW: The death toll rises to 13, hospital spokesman says Dozens of people are feared to be trapped in the rubble The old residential building in southern Mumbai gave way early Friday Around 22 apartments were occupied on the building’s upper floors, the owner says At least 13 people were killed and 26 more were injured when a five-story residential building collapsed in the Indian financial hub of […]

'A spider bite nearly cost me my leg': Carer feared amputation after venomous spider turned her leg black

Christine McCullins, 54, was bitten by a false widow spider in Hampshire She was bed-ridden for a week after her leg swelled up and turned black It took three weeks and two courses of antibiotics to remove the infection Rising numbers of false widows reported across the south of the UK It is a relative of the potentially deadly black widow spider A woman feared her leg would have to […]