Sunday 18 March 2018

Abortion plea

Amnesty International says an 11-year-old girl who was raped in Chile should be allowed all medical options, including an abortion. She is 14 weeks' pregnant.

Abortions are illegal in the country, and President Sebastian Pinera's government opposes easing the ban. The human rights group said yesterday that "the Chilean State must provide" her with "all the psychological and medical support she needs".


A LITTLE girl who was aboard the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed died yesterday, the same day that authorities confirmed one of the two Chinese teenagers killed in the disaster was hit by a firetruck.

The little girl, whose name and age were witheld at the request of her parents, had been in critical condition since the crash at San Francisco Airport last Saturday. Officials confirmed another victim, Ye Meng Yuan (16), was hit by a firetruck at the scene.


Mourners were left even more upset when a fire at a crematorium forced a string of funerals to be cancelled.

Firefighters were called to Margam Crematorium near Port Talbot in South Wales, after the main building's roof caught light. Officials from Neath Port Talbot Council said the facility would be closed "until further notice".


Seattle police arrested a man who gatecrashed an eight-year-old child's party, ate several pieces of pizza and took two balloon animals.

Parents said they asked the 28-year-old intruder to leave but the shirtless, shoeless man refused and got into a heated exchange. Police said the man appeared to have taken a "potent relaxant of some kind".


It gets so hot in Death Valley, California, that you can fry an egg with solar power, but now visitors are being asked to stop because it leaves a mess.

The trend started after a Death Valley National Park worker took a frying pan to the pavement and posted the video online. Park visitors were quick to imitate her, but without frying pans. Now a Facebook plea has been issued to crack down on the frying.


Aretha Franklin has cancelled a Detroit-area performance set for July 27, citing ongoing medical treatment. The show, at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, had been scheduled for June 22, but Franklin postponed to later this month.

Then, in a letter distributed yesterday, Franklin said she was cancelling "one last time".

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