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Africa travel hit after fire ravages Nairobi airport


Air travellers across Africa are facing long delays after a huge fire ripped through the main airport in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, forcing its closure.

Hundreds of passengers have been left stranded outside Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). It has reopened for cargo and domestic services, though many flights have been diverted to other regional airports.

The Kenyan authorities say no casualties have been reported and that the blaze has been contained. The cause of the fire is not yet known. Security officials say they are waiting to inspect the damage before drawing any conclusions. However, correspondents say the airport is old and overcrowded.

Kenya's anti-terrorism chief, Boniface Mwaniki, said he did not believe the fire - which happened on the 15th anniversary of the bombings by al-Qaeda of the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - was connected to terrorism.

"We don't want to speculate, but at this stage we do not think there is any such link," he told the Reuters news agency.

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Thieves are literally stealing hair off women's heads!


This is crazy! Women in Venezuela and Colombia are guarding their tresses. Thieves are targeting women who let down their hair-- literally robbing them of the hair off their heads!

Authorities say it's happening downtown, at beaches and the mall. The suspects pull out scissors and cut it, then sell it at hair salons!

"You have to see it to believe it," One woman said, "We're not going to be able to have long hair anymore. As a woman, this is something traumatic."

It's easy money for thieves, who can sell natural hair for more than $500!

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'Zero-hours' contracts: Over one million workers in UK are literally slaves

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Sports Direct caused controversy after it was revealed it employs around 20,000 staff, about 90% of its workforce, on zero-hours contracts.
Poll of more than 1,000 employers reveals controversial contract used far more widely in the UK than government data suggests.


More than 1 million British workers could be employed on zero-hours contracts, new figures released on Monday reveal, suggesting that British business is deploying the controversial employment terms far more widely than previously thought.

The figure - derived from a poll of more than 1,000 employers conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) - prompted renewed calls for the government to launch a full inquiry into the use of the contracts, after a week in which a string of organisations - from retail chains to Buckingham Palace - have faced criticism for hiring staff but offering no guarantee of work and pay each week. Employees on zero-hours contracts often get no holiday or sick pay and have to ask permission before seeking additional work elsewhere.

The CIPD found that 38% of zero-hours contract workers describe themselves as employed full-time, typically working 30 hours or more a week. One third of voluntary sector employers use the contracts, and one in four public sector organisations.

The latest numbers also call into question the accuracy of official data on the topic. Last week, the Office for National Statistics increased its estimate of the number of UK zero-hours workers by 25%, to around 250,000.

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Gas explosion destroys apartment block in Rosario, Argentina

City of Rosario rocked by deadly blast that sparked evacuation of downtown area and major rescue effort.

Link to video: Aftermath of fatal Argentinian building explosion

A natural gas explosion has ripped apart an apartment building in the Argentinian city of Rosario, killing at least eight people, injuring 60 and causing officials to evacuate much of the downtown. Officials said 19 people were unaccounted for.

Dozens of people were trapped for a time in the upper floors of the burning building as a plume of smoke billowed up over the country's third-largest city. The building's front and back facades were ripped open but the blast on Tuesday, exposing the shattered remains of apartments inside.

Firefighters working from above and below pulled people out of windows and off balconies as the bottom floors burned. The explosion damaged other buildings for blocks around, and fearing a collapse, police closed buildings and schools in a five-block radius.

The city mayor, Monica Fein, confirmed the death toll and said rescuers were still looking for people in the rubble. She said 19 people were on a list of missing.

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13 year old Brazilian believed to have murdered family in Amityville Horror copycat slaughter

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A 13-year-old Brazilian boy killed his parents, grandmother and great aunt before spending a full day at school and then taking his own life.

Marcelo Pesseghini is thought to have killed his military officer parents in their bedroom using a police issue .40 calibre pistol. The boy's father, 40-year-old Luiz, was found dead in his bed, while his 30-year-old mother Andreia was discovered on her knees on the bedroom floor.

Marcelo Pesseghini's grandmother, 65-year-old Benedita de Oliveira Bovo, and his great aunt, 55-year-old Bernadete Oliveira da Silva, were also found dead in their beds, but in a separate part of the same building. All four victims had suffered gunshot wounds to the head.

Police believe that after killing his family, Marcelo Pesseghini caught a lift to school with a friend and spent a full day in lessons.

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Price of vegetables in UAE up nearly 17% in Ramadan

Statistics show fruits have risen by 14.4%, fish and seafood 8.4% compared to this time last month.

Abu Dhabi: Food prices have increased by 4.4 per cent in the fourth week of Ramadan compared to the first week of last month, reflecting a rise in the price of fruits by 14.4 per cent, vegetables by 16.7 per cent, and fish and seafood by 8.4 per cent.

Statistics Centre-Abu Dhabi yesterday issued its fourth weekly report on food prices in the month of Ramadan, noting the changes in food prices with the preceding week and the same week in the previous month.

The report is instrumental to the monitoring of food prices by government authorities to ensure there is a sufficient supply of various goods during Ramadan and to protect the consumer. The index is compiled on the basis of a basket consisting of two main groups and 11 sub-groups.

The largest rise was observed in the fruits category in Al Ain, where prices went up 25 per cent, compared with 12.2 per cent in Abu Dhabi and 9.9 per cent in Al Gharbia. Prices in the vegetables group recorded an overall rise of 16.7 per cent. A breakdown of the increase by region reveals a rise in the group's prices by 16.9 per cent in Abu Dhabi and 18.7 per cent in Al Gharbia and Al Ain.

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'I'm not a liar' - Tawana Brawley stands by her account of kidnap, rape by 6 white men in 1987

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A defiant Tawana Brawley broke a decade of silence last night and declared, "I am not a liar."

The 25-year-old woman, whose claims of being kidnapped and raped by six white men in 1987 were later deemed a hoax by a grand jury, did not waver from her original story. "If I did that, it would be like saying it didn't happen. And it did," Brawley said. "For 10 years, they've been lying to you. . . . You should know that the hoax was pulled on you."

The audience packed into Bethany Baptist Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, reacted with thunderous applause. Former Dutchess County Assistant District Attorney Steven Pagones, who's now suing Brawley's three former advisers for defamation, had a different response. "She stood there for 10 or 15 minutes and said a lot about nothing," said Pagones when reached at his Fishkill home. "She didn't give any facts."

Brawley never mentioned Pagones specifically last night, but she referred to his offer earlier in the day to drop the judgment against her if she would tell her story under oath in the suit against her advisers. Pagones won a default judgment against Brawley in 1991 after she failed to answer repeated subpoenas. "A hundred-seventy million dollars, I think, and they would drop the suit against me. . . . They offered to drop the lawsuit against me if I spoke out against Alton," Brawley said, gesturing to disbarred attorney Alton Maddox. "That would never happen. There is not enough money on this planet."

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Spider infestation delays five flights out of Kansas City International

Olathe - The FAA believes it now knows how many flights at KCI were delayed abruptly on Saturday afternoon due to spiders.

There may have been as many as five flights delayed about 15 minutes after air traffic controllers were bombarded with an infestation of spiders.

Three employees were bitten by the spiders last week at the Air Traffic Control Center in Olathe, Kan., which controls the air space around Kansas City.

On Saturday, air traffic controllers had to evacuate and moved to another area of the building.

Exterminators found a spider's nest egg that had likely hatched.

"You're talking in some spider cases up to 400 and in large breeds, you're talking 1000's from one mom," CJ Workman with Schendel Pest Control said.

The FAA has not said what kind of spider it was but said no travelers were ever in danger.

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Man charged with blowing up family dog

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Christopher Dillingham is accused of blowing up his family's dog, named Cabella.

Stevenson, Washington - A father with children in the house who was preparing for "the Rapture" blew up his family's Labrador Retriever because the devil was inside the dog, court documents showed.

Christopher Dillingham,45, allegedly attached an explosive device to his dog and detonated it around 4 a.m. Sunday outside their home.

Skamania County Sheriff Dave Brown, who lives nearby, said the explosion woke him up.

"It sounded like a high-power rifle outside my window," he said.

A slew of 911 calls sent deputies to Dillingham's home. They found the remains of the dog strewn about the yard and arrested Dillingham on the spot.

Documents obtained by KOIN 6 News show Dillingham told Skamania County deputies "the world is going to end" because of a nuclear strike and he was preparing. Officers found a broken window and household belongings thrown outside when they arrived.

When they asked him why he was throwing items out of his house and onto his lawn, he said he believed "the souls of demons" were inside the metal objects in the house, the documents said.

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Turkish Prime Ministry inspection board cites 'telekinesis' as possible cause of mysterious suicides

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ASELSAN is one of country’s leading military electronics companies, with multiple defense and technology awards in its history.
The suspicious suicides of four engineers working at the Turkish corporation ASELSAN could have been caused by telekinesis, according to a report by the Turkish Prime Ministry Inspection Board.

The report, presented to the Ankara Public Prosecutor in accordance with the ongoing investigation over the 2006-2007 suicides, claimed the victims could have been directed toward the suicides by way of telekinesis, citing the work done by neuropsychology expert Nevzat Tarhan.

Hüseyin Başbilen, an engineer at Turkey's military research and development enterprise, Aselsan, was found dead in his car on Aug. 7, 2006. A court ruled in 2009 that he committed suicide. Two other engineers working at Aselsan died shortly after Başbilen.

Halim Ünal was shot in the head with one bullet on Jan. 17, 2007, while Evrim Yançeken fell from the balcony of his sixth-floor apartment nine days later. Burhanettin Volkan allegedly killed himself in 2009.