Monday 20 November 2017

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Gardaí believe the father-of-one whose torso was found in a suitcase in the Grand Canal at the weekend was killed because of a personal grudge, the Irish Independent reports. Officers say that Dubliner Kenneth O'Brien had no connection with crime. But they think he may have fallen foul of someone with a grudge to bear, since he returned home last month after a spell working in Australia.

Read More: Gardaí believe 'body in bag' victim killed in 'savage attack over personal grudge'

A young man howled like a "wild animal" and tried to "eat the pavement" as he lay naked and covered in blood on a footpath after taking designer drug 2CB at a party, the Herald reports. Students in Cork are being warned to be careful after six young people from the city who took the drug were hospitalised. An 18-year-old man is in a critical condition and three others remain in hospital after taking 2CB, an ecstasy substitute.

Read More: Young man 'turned demonic' and attempted to 'eat pavement' as he lay naked and covered in blood after taking designer drug 2CB

A professor and a student have been killed in an attack by gunmen at a university in Pakistan. Earlier, the police and army were exchanging gunfire with the attackers and several explosions were heard from the area of the Bacha Khan University in the town of Charsadda, located around 20 miles from the city of Peshawar.

Read More: Professor and student killed in attack by gunmen Pakistan university 

Meanwhile, Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx has played super villains and anti-heroes on screen - the role of super hero he apparently saved for real life. Foxx has told how he and another man pulled a man from his burning truck moments before it became engulfed in flames. The incident happened near Foxx's Southern California home, and the actor met the victim's father on Tuesday.

Read More: Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx saves man from burning truck  

Amid calls for an Oscars boycott over its all-white acting nominees and Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith both announcing they would sit out this year's ceremony, the academy's president promised major changes. Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs pledged more diversity, and quickly, after both Lee and Pinkett spoke out. Lee said he "cannot support" the "lily white" Oscars, while Pinkett Smith also said she would not attend or watch the event in February.

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