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Quake victims' family sues state

Published 18/03/2010 | 05:00

The family of two victims of Chile's massive quake accused the government of manslaughter in a lawsuit filed yesterday, saying officials failed to warn them of a deadly tsunami. The suit targets any state officials who may be responsible for their deaths.

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The sisters were killed in the Dichato fishing village by a seven-metre tsunami triggered by the February 27 earthquake. The family says the emergency office failed to issue a tsunami warning.

Young turn to the internet for help

Almost nine-out-of-10 young people search the internet for help with their problems rather than speaking to family or friends, according to a British survey released yesterday.

Researchers found more than half of the youngsters said the information they found made them more worried than they were initially. Only a fifth said they would double check information they found online with a friend or parent.

Steamy texts land lovers in prison

A string of steamy text messages has landed an Indian couple in a Dubai jail. The conviction, reported yesterday, said the sexual content of the texts suggested the unnamed pair planned to "commit sin" -- referring to an extramarital affair.

The two Indians, who worked as cabin crew for Emirates airlines, were sentenced to three months in jail, said authorities. The texts surfaced in a divorce lawsuit by the woman's estranged husband.

Catholic agency exempt from law

A CATHOLIC adoption agency has won the right to be exempted from legislation that would have forced it to consider homosexual couples as parents.

Catholic Care, which serves the dioceses of Leeds, Middlesbrough, and Hallam in South Yorkshire, claimed it would be forced to stop its work finding homes for children if it had to comply with the legislation.

Mexico murders 'were mistakes'

THE murders of three people with ties to a US consulate in Mexico was probably a case of mistaken identity rather than a deliberate attempt to launch an offensive against American officials, the FBI believes.

Initial investigations into the attack, which saw hitmen in balaclavas attack two cars leaving the birthday party of a consular employee's child, suggest the assailants accidentally turned up at the wrong address, a spokesman said.

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