Monthly archives: September 2013

Want to work somewhere with a view? Maybe you'll think again when you see this chairlift operator's rickety hut jutting out 7,000ft over a Swiss mountain

  Sitting 7,000ft above the ground, this precarious looking shed juts out from atop an Alps mountain. The building was built to house the operator of a chairlift in the Portes du Soleil resort in Switzerland. And with unabated views across the stunning mountain ranges, there are worse places to call your office. Real estate agent Florin Biscu, from Romania, took pictures of the floating shed during a recent trip […]


That really is a nose job! Chinese man has new nose grown on his FOREHEAD to replace the original which was damaged in a car crash

Xiaolian, 22, damaged his nose in a traffic accident in August 2012 Failed to get treatment so it became infected and cartilage was damaged Surgeons were unable to repair it so created a new nose on his forehead It was made using cartilage from his ribs and a skin tissue expander Surgeons are hoping to carry out transplant surgery to put it in place of his old nose soon A […]

Al-Shabaab: 'Lord of the Flies' with guns

STORY HIGHLIGHTS James Fergusson: Somali teens lured into Al-Shabaab by promise of food, security Many are orphans, he says, with no real Islamic ideology, who want to survive Recruiters tell of virgins in heaven, he says; Americans lured by tales of battle He says until Somalia gives teens a chance at a decent life, they will turn to Al-Shabaab Editor’s note: James Fergusson is a freelance journalist and foreign correspondent […]


Kenya seeks UK woman Samantha Lewthwaite's arrest

International police body Interpol has issued a wanted persons notice for Briton Samantha Lewthwaite, at Kenya’s request. Ms Lewthwaite, 29, is the widow of one of the four suicide bombers who attacked London on 7 July 2005. Known colloquially as the “white widow”, she has been linked with Somali militant Islamist group al-Shabab. The group was behind the attack on the Westgate shopping complex in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, at […]

Pakistan quake island off Gwadar 'emits flammable gas'

Barely half an hour after they were jolted by a major earthquake on Tuesday, people of the Pakistani coastal town of Gwadar had another shock when they saw a new island emerge in the sea, just over a kilometre from the shore. A local journalist, Bahram Baloch, received the news via a text message from a friend. “It said a hill has appeared outside my house,” Mr Baloch said. “I […]

Doomsday scenario plan would divide North Korea

It sounds like a doomsday scenario drawn up by strategists at the height of the Cold War. Chinese armies move south into the Korean peninsula and collide with American and South Korean forces moving north. The resulting clashes spark war between nuclear-armed superpowers. A new report says such a confrontation is still a real danger in the event of a sudden collapse of the North Korean regime. The report produced […]

Pakistan earthquake: Hundreds dead in Balochistan

A powerful earthquake has killed at least 208 people in Pakistan’s remote south-west province of Balochistan. The 7.7-magnitude quake struck on Tuesday afternoon at a depth of 20km (13 miles) north-east of Awaran, the US Geological Survey said. Many houses were flattened and thousands of people have spent the night in the open. After the quake, a small island appeared off the coast near the port of Gwadar, witnesses reported. […]


Can your cell phone bring down a plane?

] STORY HIGHLIGHTS Almost one-third of air travelers say they left on a portable electronic device during flight An upcoming report may lead to looser rules on such devices on planes Not under consideration: airborne use of cell phones for voice communication You left your cell phone on during a flight, didn’t you? Maybe it was accidental, or maybe it was out of sheer contempt for a rule you believe […]

Nairobi attack: How I led trapped to safety

Satpal Singh was inside the Westgate shopping mall in the Kenyan capital Nairobi when gunmen opened fire. He describes how he helped to lead some of the trapped people to safety, and even went back inside to carry injured people out of the building, despite coming under fire himself.   I was at the mall for a business meeting – we were upstairs where the Java coffee house is, where […]