Monthly archives: January 2014


'There's a boa in my sofa!' Woman finds four-foot snake living in her couch TWO MONTHS after finding it on side of the street

Holly Wright and her boyfriend found a couch outside a house with a ‘Free’ sign on it near their home in Grand Rapids, Michigan She used it for two months to read books, check emails, and her dog regularly sat on it This week she was shocked when a boa constrictor came slithering out The animal was not aggressive and died, likely from starvation, shortly after getting out of the […]

Arvind Kejriwal: Delhi chief minister wins confidence vote

Arvind Kejriwal: Delhi chief minister wins confidence vote   Arvind Kejriwal, new chief minister of India’s capital Delhi, has won a vote of confidence in the state assembly. Support from the Congress party which had been in power helped him secure 37 votes, one more than he needed. Mr Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi (Common Man’s) Party (AAP) won 28 of the 70 seats in last month’s elections on a pledge to […]

Iraqi security forces fight militants in Anbar province

Special forces in Iraq are fighting jihadist militants who have reportedly taken over swathes of two cities. The clashes with fighters from the al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) are taking place in Fallujah and Ramadi. Both cities are in the province of Anbar where Sunni militant activity has been on the rise. On Monday the security forces broke up a long-running Sunni anti-government protest camp […]

India road crash kills 27 near Mumbai

A bus has plunged down a deep gorge in the western Indian state of Maharashtra killing at least 27 people, police say. Reports said the driver lost control of the bus after it collided with a truck near Malshej Ghat, a tourist area about 160km (99 miles) from Mumbai. A senior police officer said the bus was carrying 40 people and rescue work had begun, Associated Press reported. Road accidents […]

Hopes fade for Antarctic air rescue of ice-bound ship

Sea ice conditions in the Antarctic are likely to delay plans to take passengers off an ice-bound ship, officials say. Rescue co-ordinators based in Australia said it is now likely the airlift will not go ahead on Thursday as hoped. They had earlier been optimistic that helicopter operations would begin soon as weather conditions had improved. The ship, the Akademik Shokalskiy, with 74 passengers and and crew aboard, has been […]

Is this a scene from Lord of the Rings? No, these incredible pictures are a disused quarry in WALES

Steep inclines, towering mountains and deep valleys trick your eyes into thinking you are peering into Middle Earth But the landscape captured by photographer Matthew Growcoot is in fact a redundant slate mine in North Wales Dinorwic Quarry lies in the heart of Snowdonia and was once the second largest mine of its kind in the world A first glance and your eyes might be tricked into thinking you are […]

New Year reveller feared drowned after being swept out to sea while paddling as Atlantic storm sweeps across Britain

Man, 26, went missing at Porthleven beach in Cornwall as he was paddling in the ocean with friends Lifeboats and helicopter were deployed in the early hours of the morning Tragedy comes a day after a woman was swept out to sea in north Devon Man in Wales arrested for trying to swim in 15ft waves this morning 17-year-old boy was killed after being hit by a car on the […]