Category archives: Cause

Cyber-sex trafficking: A 21st century scourge

Andrea was 14 years old the first time a voice over the Internet told her to take off her clothes. “I was so embarrassed because I don’t want others to see my private parts,” she said. “The customer told me to remove my blouse and to show him my breasts.” She was in a home in Negros Oriental, a province known for its scenic beaches, tourism and diving. But she […]

Valley fever: An incurable illness in the dust

Cases of an incurable illness called valley fever are multiplying at a mystifying rate in the American south-west. Six states are affected, and Mexico too, but few places have been hit as hard as one remote city. Even in sweltering heat, the wind brings no respite to Avenal. The gusts are warm, like a hairdryer, and they carry an invisible threat that has claimed and disrupted many lives. The tiny […]

Insecticide-Contaminated Food Kills at Least 22 Schoolchildren in India

NEW DELHI—At least 22 children died and more than two dozen others are seriously ill after eating food contaminated with insecticide at a state-run school in eastern India, government officials and doctors said Wednesday. The children, aged between 8 and 12, fell sick Tuesday after eating lunch at an elementary school in Gandaman, a village about 65 miles from Patna, the capital of Bihar, one of India’s poorest states. The […]

'Please don't shoot me': Chilling moment gunman orders five-year-old boy and his sister to their knees in terrifying robbery

Zara Khan, eight, and Ibrahim made to hold hands in air at gunpoint Father Shafiq was dragged at knifepoint to hand over cash to gang Children playing catch before gang broke into father’s taxi business Ibrahim has nightmares since the robbery and pair sleep in parents’ bed Ibrahim wakes up shouting ‘please don’t shoot me’ Zara said she thought was a game until they pointed a gun at her Two […]

British woman, 34, dies attempting to swim the Channel: Horrified friends realised charity challenge had ended in tragedy from live Facebook updates

Susan Taylor got into ‘serious difficulties’ as she approached finish point Her husband Stephen, 43, was part of team on his wife’s support boat Her paramedic brother David pulled her from water and tried to revive her Mrs Taylor’s father says: ‘I’ve lost the most wonderful person in the world’ Donations to children’s hospice have reached £13,000 since her death A British woman collapsed just a mile short of swimming […]

Murder in rural England: Pensioner 'stabbed to death protecting 88-year-old paedophile neighbour from inmate he had met in jail'

A man in his 60s was found dead at house on quiet country lane Police want to question Ian John McLoughlin, 55 Francis Cory-Wright, a convicted paedophile, was injured and is in hospital It is believed McLoughlin was in prison with Cory-Wright Police described McLoughlin as ‘very dangerous’ A pensioner was murdered trying to defend an 88-year-old convicted paedophile from a man it is believed he met in prison, it […]

Missing schoolgirl, 16, feared to be on the run with Turkish waiter she met on holiday

    Faye Jones, from Cramlington, Northumberland, disappeared three days ago in popular holiday resort Marmaris     Single mother Rhonda, 39, has been searching for her day and night     Faye met bar worker Murat Can Ertani, 22, in same resort last year     The pair fled together after Faye argued with her mother about him     Turkish police say Ertani has a criminal record and has spent time in jail […]

Bus sliced in half after lorry drives across the road at speed killing 18 and leaving dozens injured

Bus was believed to have been carrying 60 people at time of horrific crash Emergency Services Ministry has confirmed 18 people died in incident Youngest victim was a six-year-old girl, according to reports Eighteen people have been killed and dozens injured after a truck crashed into a bus in a Moscow suburb. Russia’s Emergency Services Ministry has confirmed the youngest victim was a six-year-old girl. According to reports the green […]

China evacuations as Typhoon Soulik hits

Some 300,000 people in eastern China have fled their homes as Typhoon Soulik moves inland amid warnings of floods and landslides, state media report. Winds of 119 km/hour (74 mph) lashed the coastal Fujian Province, said China’s National Meteorological Centre. Emergency response plans were being implemented, said Xinhua state media, after recent torrential rain reportedly left 200 people dead or missing. The typhoon earlier led to extensive flooding on the […]

Europe birth rates 'have fallen' since economic crisis

Fewer babies have been born in Europe since the start of the financial crisis in 2008, a new study shows. The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Germany found that the birth rate in 28 European countries dropped as unemployment rose. People under 25 have been particularly affected, along with those living in southern European countries like Spain. The relationship between the economy and fertility has long been discussed, […]