Rapper died of natural causes
THE Los Angeles coroner's office has said that the Jamaican rapper Heavy D died of natural causes. Hip hop's self-proclaimed "overweight lover" -- real name Dwight Errington -- collapsed outside his Beverly Hills home on November 8 and died later at a hospital.
A spokesman for the coroner's office said yesterday that that the cause of death was pulmonary embolism and deep leg vein thrombosis.
Warning of fresh riots in England
THE MP for Tottenham in London, where rioting triggered this summer's eruption of looting in English cities, has warned that conditions are ripe for trouble to break out again next year.
David Lammy said social and economic problems facing inner-city areas -- including joblessness, poverty and poor housing -- could get worse. He called for a fresh effort to reach out to disaffected young people.
Facebook leads to hostages' rescue
A WOMAN used Facebook to get help after she and her baby son were held hostage for nearly five days. She hid in a cupboard with a laptop to post her plea for help on the social-networking website, saying she and her son would be "dead by morning" if they were not rescued.
The post prompted someone to call police, who went to the woman's home in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
'X Factor' single is unwanted gift
A SINGLE by a winner of 'The X Factor' would be the least welcome Christmas present for a quarter of those polled in Britain.
In the survey, carried out for British Heart Foundation Shops, other unpopular choices include saucy underwear, musical ties, a digital photo frame, a foot spa and novelty pants and socks.
Court orders end to 'virginity tests'
AN Egyptian court has ordered the country's military rulers to stop the use of "virginity tests" on female detainees. The test allegations surfaced after a March 9 rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square that turned violent when men in plainclothes attacked protesters and the army cleared the square by force.
The rights group Human Rights Watch said seven women were subjected to the tests. The ban came a week after public outrage over scenes of soldiers dragging women protesters by the hair, stomping on them and stripping one half-naked in the street during a fierce crackdown on pro-democracy activists.