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Police arrest 6 after fireworks blaze kills 38 in India

Indian police arrested six people on Thursday and were hunting for the boss of a fireworks factory where 38 people were killed in a blaze that highlighted the industry’s lax safety standards. Firefighters battled for hours to control the fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon at Om Sivasakthi plant in…

Girl found alive under bodies of her slain family in France

The father of a family slain in the French Alps was identified Thursday as Saad al-Hilli, a 50-year-old born in Baghdad, a French police source said. The father, mother and grandmother from the same family were found dead on Wednesday following a shooting in which another man also died. Two…

Turkey ammunition depot blast kills 25

Twenty-five soldiers were killed and four others were lightly wounded in an explosion at a military arms depot in western Turkey which officials said Thursday was most probably an accident. The blast occurred around 1815 GMT late Wednesday at a section of the military ammunition site in Afyon province where…

Ancient Irish coronation stone Lia Fail vandalized by hammer

One of Ireland’s ancient monuments, the Lia Fail standing stone which according to legend served as the coronation stone for the high kings, has been vandalised, the government said Wednesday. Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan said the granite Lia Fail, which is Gaelic for Stone of Destiny, appeared to have been…

Palestinian man attempts self-immolation after denied money to visit sick daughter

A man upset over not being given money to visit his sick daughter in Jordan tried to immolate himself on Wednesday during one of several demonstrations against rising prices in the West Bank, Palestinian sources said. Gaza Strip resident Hussein Qahwaji, aged 37, was stopped from setting himself on fire…

South Korean lawmakers seek castration for repeat sex offenders

A group of 20 South Korean lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow for the physical castration of repeat sex offenders, amid public outrage at a spate of brutal sex crimes. If the bill is adopted, courts could order the testicular castration of recidivist sex offenders who fail to…

Australian doctor reprimanded for ‘homosexuality cure’

An Australian doctor has been severely reprimanded and banned from working as a general practitioner after prescribing a drug to a boy who came to him for help to “cure” his homosexuality. A Health Care Complaints Commission committee found Mark Craddock guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct over his treatment of…

World’s richest woman suggests $2 a day wages for Australian miners

The world’s most wealthy woman is warning that firms are in danger of having to abandon iron-ore mining in Australia if wages are not cut, pointing out that African miners are “willing to work for less than $2 per day.” In a video recently posted on the Sydney Mining Club…

Oxfam: Climate change’s impact on future food prices is underestimated

Climate change’s impact on future food prices is being underestimated, Oxfam warned in a report on Wednesday. The development charity predicts that massive price spikes will be a devastating blow to the world’s poorest people who today spend up to 75% of their income on food, and will also adversely…

One dead after shooting at Quebec premier’s victory speech

MONTREAL — A gunman was arrested after shooting two people, one of them fatally, at the victory speech of Quebec’s Pauline Marois, whose separatist party is projected to win polls in the Canadian province. Another person was seriously wounded in the incident late Tuesday, as Marois was hustled offstage by…

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