Tuesday 24 April 2018

Baby burned in ritual

Police are searching for three people accused of burning a baby alive in a doomsday ritual in Chile. Officials say the three-day-old baby was thrown onto a bonfire in November in the Araucania region because the sect leader believed the child was the antichrist.

Police arrested four other members of the sect last Thursday, including the baby's mother, Natalia Guerra (25), while the ringleader, Ramon Gustavo Castillo (36), has escaped to Peru.

UK PM no Thatcherite

David Cameron has denied being a Thatcherite – despite arguing in an interview that "we are all Thatcherites now". The British prime minister said he was a "tremendous supporter" of Margaret Thatcher.

But asked directly whether he was a Thatcherite, Mr Cameron replied: "No. Other people might call me that. I think the label's now . . . it's slightly become . . . labels now don't quite mean what they did then."

Clint (82) won't quit

Clint Eastwood may be 82 years old, but he dreams of making films for two more decades.

Eastwood expressed admiration for the 104-year-old Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira. "It would be great to be 105 and still making films," Eastwood said. Chuckling, he called such a hope "the ultimate optimism".

School shooter row

A Connecticut medical examiner's office employee accused of letting her husband see the body of the Newtown school shooter has been sacked.

Chief Medical Examiner Dr H Wayne Carver, in a dismissal letter to Jean Henry, wrote that bringing her husband into the morgue violated the agency's ethical mission. Ms Henry was accused of showing Adam Lanza's body to her husband on December 16, two days after he killed 26 people at Sandy Hook School.

Two die in hotel pool

Two guests have died in an incident at a hotel swimming pool, police said.

A man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s were found in the water at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Essex.

Jaguar races ahead

The Jaguar E-Type – one of the outstanding vehicles of the 1960s – has been voted the greatest British car by readers of 'BBC Top Gear Magazine'.

The E-Type accelerated away from the challenge of two Aston Martins, which were joint second in the survey. Queen was considered the best music to drive to.

Irish Independent

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