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  • Recovering bodies of Alaska climbers could be months away

    16 March 2018 7:23 PM 17

    Alaska — Authorities say the bodies of two experienced climbers who are presumed dead on a southeast Alaska mountain likely won't be recovered for months. Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters says summer is the soonest authorities could launch a recovery effort, though that depends on snow and ice conditions and the risk to crew members

  • Tourist vs migrant: EU tourist visa price increase while limiting visas for countries that won't take back deportees

    15 March 2018 7:14 AM 21

    Brussels - The European Union moved on Wednesday to speed up the return of unauthorised migrants, announcing plans to punish countries that refuse to take back their nationals by restricting visas for their diplomats. While the number of people entering Europe in search of better lives has dropped dramatically over the past year, EU countries only send back around

  • Finland tops happiness index that factored in immigrants

    14 March 2018 12:10 PM 28

    Helsinki – Finland tops an index of the happiest nations in which to live. The World Happiness Report published on Wednesday ranked 156 countries by their happiness levels, based on factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption. This year's report is the first to include immigrants, who were evaluated in 117 of the countries. The Nordic

  • Driver wrecks his Ferrari, sues his insurer for 'embarrassing' crash

    14 March 2018 10:03 AM 26

    Vancouver - This bizarre story out of Canada centres around a 2012 crash of a Ferrari F40 driven by Dr Navraj Heran, according to CTV News. Heran, who crashed his rare Italian sports car into a streetlight pole six years ago, initially filed a claim with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) who offered him $503 000 in 2012. He wasn't

  • Students to put pencils down, walk out in gun protests

    14 March 2018 7:06 AM 24

    Thousands of students across the US are expected to put their pencils down and walk out of school to demonstrate against gun violence. Organisers say nearly 3 000 walkouts are planned in the biggest demonstration yet of the student activism that has emerged following the massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The protests have drawn

  • Sheriff apologises for accidentally leaving gun at school

    13 March 2018 9:00 PM 31

    Michigan — A county sheriff is apologising for accidentally leaving his gun in a mid-Michigan school gym locker room. Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main said in a statement on Tuesday that he takes full responsibility and is "devastated" by his negligence. He says he was at a weekend event at Shepherd Middle School and used the locker room to change

  • Two hospitalised after 'suspicious package' found at UK parliament

    12 March 2018 7:45 PM 31

    London - Two people were taken to hospital as a precaution on Monday after a "suspicious package" was found at the British parliament, although it was later confirmed not to be hazardous, officials said. "A man and a woman have been taken to a central London hospital as a precaution," a police spokesperson said after the package was discovered at the Norman

  • Children increasingly exposed in Syria conflict: UN

    12 March 2018 5:16 PM 31

    Beirut – Children are at more risk than ever in Syria's devastating conflict, the United Nations said on Monday as the war approached its eighth year. Twice as many children were killed in the war in 2017 than in the previous year, the UN children's agency UNICEF said in a report. "In 2017, extreme and indiscriminate violence killed the highest ever number

  • India forest fires kill 9 hikers, injure 18 others

    12 March 2018 2:42 PM 33

    New Delhi – Nine trekkers died and 18 others were left with serious burns as wildfires swept through a popular hiking spot in India's Tamil Nadu state, officials said on Monday. The group were hiking through Theni district, a hilly region in southern India thickly forested and dotted with tea plantations, when they were forced to flee a fast-approaching

  • Bride-to-be and entire bridal party die weeks before the wedding

    12 March 2018 1:50 PM 26

    A bride-to-be and her bridal party have died weeks before the wedding, after their private jet crashed into a mountainside and burst into flames. Mina Basaran, a wealthy socialite who's the daughter of Turkish tycoon Huseyin Basaran, was returning from her glamorous bachelorette party when the tragedy occurred, reports. She was set to marry