Monthly archives: December 2013

Spain celebrates Els Enfarinats Festival with a battle of flour and eggs

Citizens of Spain’s Ibi annually celebrate the Els Enfarinats Festival with a battle of flour, eggs and firecrackers. The battle takes place between a group of married men called Els Enfarinats that takes control of the village for one day, pronouncing a whole host of ridiculous laws and fining the citizens that infringe them, and another group called La Oposicio, which tries to restore order. Money collected from the fines […]

Two men arrested after six people are airlifted to hospital from burning Amsterdam-bound ferry 'set on fire by passenger'

Two men arrested following fire aboardKing Seaways ferry from Newcastle One, 26, arrested on suspicion of arson and another, 28 suspicion of affray Two crew members and four passengers airlifted to hospital last night 23 people in total suffered from smoke-related injuries, says ferry firm Passenger suspected of setting fire in cabin detained by ship staff Police say they cannot be sure whether blaze was accidental or on purpose Vessel […]

Denver issues first licenses for legal retail marijuana sales

  Ahead of the day when Colorado residents aged 21 and older can buy marijuana for recreational use, the first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell the drug got their licenses Friday. Applause broke out and cameras whirred when the first license was issued from Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses. The city awarded 14 licenses for retail shops, 17 licenses for pot growers and three licenses for makers […]

Wildlife 'thrived' in 2013 after hot summer

The hot summer in the UK provided a much-needed boost for wildlife with butterflies, moths and grasshoppers all thriving, the National Trust says. The warm weather also led to an explosion of berries, nuts and seeds. The trust’s Matthew Oates said 2013 was “one of the most remarkable wildlife years in living memory”. But it said a cold, late spring meant badgers and hedgehogs did not have their usual quantity […]

India train fire 'kills 23' in Andhra Pradesh state

At least 23 people, including two children, have died after a fire broke out on a train in southern India, media reports say. The blaze engulfed a carriage of the Nanded-Bangalore Express while it was travelling through Andhra Pradesh state, rail officials said. Police said many of the dead had been suffocated by thick black smoke filling the train. The reason for the fire, which has been extinguished, is not […]

The little state with a big story

The small wonderDelaware may be the second smallest US state, but it has immense historical significance as one of the 13 original US colonies and a key player in the Revolutionary War. This was finally recognised with the March 2013 creation of the First State National Monument, 1,100 acres of historic sites and stunning landscapes located throughout Kent and Newcastle Counties. The designation means that Delaware is the last of […]


Chinese icebreaker stalled en route to stranded ship

Morale high on ship stuck off Antarctica STORY HIGHLIGHTS NEW: One of three icebreakers sent to rescue stuck ship stopped by ice NEW: The rescue ship may need two more days to reach the trapped vessel, captain says The stranded vessel is carrying tourists and researchers studying climate change The 74 people aboard had a “great Christmas” while at a frozen standstill, leader says A Chinese icebreaker heading to free […]

Beirut blast kills Sunni ex-minister Mohamad Chatah

  Former Lebanese minister and opposition figure Mohamad Chatah has been killed by a car bomb in central Beirut. Four others were killed and at least 50 people were hurt in the attack. Mr Chatah, a Sunni Muslim, was an adviser to ex-PM Saad Hariri. He was also a staunch critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah movement that backs him. There has been a wave of […]

American hostage asks US to negotiate release

A video released anonymously to reporters in Pakistan shows Warren Weinstein, a US government contractor who was kidnapped more than two years ago, appealing to President Obama to negotiate a release. A U.S. government contractor kidnapped by al-Qaida militants in Pakistan in 2011 has recorded a video message calling on the Obama administration to negotiate with his captors and saying he feels ‘‘totally abandoned and forgotten.’’ Warren Weinstein looked ashen […]