Sunday 15 December 2019

100 die in floods

Press Association

Flooding in northern Afghanistan has killed more than 100 people and driven hundreds more from their homes, according to an official.

The Afghan National Army was using helicopters to rescue people trapped by the waters and ferry food and water to remote areas. Officials said that 111 dead bodies have been found so far from Sari Pul, Zawzjan, Faryab and Badghis provinces. Around 20 other people are still missing. The floods were fed by heavy rains late in the week.


Britain is no longer a country of believers but rather has entered a "post-Christian" era, according to a former leader of the Church of England.

Former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who stood down in 2012, said that the time of habitual worship is over and that a further decline of widespread faith is likely in the future. He said: "A Christian nation can sound like a nation of committed believers, and we are not that. Equally, we are not a nation of dedicated secularists."


Boyband One Direction have declared they are not splitting up.

Harry Styles said: "We always hear rumours about us splitting – but we're not," while Niall Horan added, "We're here for as long as the fans want us." The band, who were brought together by Simon Cowell in the 'X Factor' in 2010, are in Colombia to kick off an international tour after a three-month break and have started recording their fourth album.


Prosecutors in France are investigating claims that two police officers raped a Canadian tourist inside police headquarters in Paris.

An interior ministry statement yesterday said that both police officers, who haven't been named, as well as a third who wasn't charged but is named as a witness in the investigation, have been placed on suspension pending the investigation's outcome. Prosecutors are investigating an accusation of gang rape made by the tourist last week.


Country queen Dolly Parton is planning to wear high heels when she makes her Glastonbury debut – despite the festival's famous mud.

The 'Jolene' singer (68) said: "I am going to be wearing my high heels, but I just may stay in my bus until I have to get on stage." But she added: "That's how I grew up. If I'm tramping to the toilet through mud, that's no big deal for me."

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