Category archives: Cause

Ranting man in wheelchair 'blows himself up' in arrivals hall at Beijing Airport

Reports of explosion in Terminal 3 at busy airport in Chinese capital Pictures posted online show man in wheelchair brandishing an object Believed to be a packet of gunpowder used to make firecrackers Another photo shows a wheelchair on its side in smoke-filled terminal State media says man was hospitalised and nobody else injured A man in a wheelchair set off a home-made bomb in the arrivals hall at Beijing […]

Pictured: The horrific moment a woman smashes her head clean through the car windshield in China … and she survives

The crash happened earlier this week in southern China’s Guanxi province The woman, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, smashed through the window Firefighters had to enlarge the hole around her neck to free her Both the woman and the car’s driver are said to be recovering in hospital A Chinese woman miraculously survived a car crash which saw her head smash through the windscreen and become wedged in the […]

S Asia national disunity 'hampers flood warnings'

A lack of co-operation between South Asian countries is preventing timely flood warnings that could save lives and property during the Monsoon season. Erratic and extreme rainfall is causing catastrophic flooding, most recently in northwest India and Nepal following heavy rainfall in June. But the sharing of hydrological data can be a sensitive issue because of disputes over water use. Officials say a network is required to share data across […]

Invasion of the pickpockets: Disturbing pictures show Eastern European gangs brazenly targeting victims in broad daylight on Paris streets (and they could be heading for the UK)

    Disturbing pictures show Romanian and Bulgarian gangs operating in Paris     Published in Paris Match magazine, which devoted 8 pages to them     They show aggressive gangs causing chaos and misery in French capital Stalking their prey around some of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, they will stop at nothing to intimidate and steal. These disturbing pictures showing gangs from Romania and Bulgaria operating in Paris […]

Greeks strike against public sector cuts

Thousands of Greek workers are holding a 24-hour strike called by trade unions to protest against government plans to cut public sector jobs. Hospital services, public transport and flights are being affected by the industrial action. Demonstrations have been building for several days over the latest set of deeply unpopular austerity measures. MPs plan to pass a bill this week to start receiving 6.8bn euros (£5.8bn) of bailout loans to […]

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 […]