Monday 18 December 2017

Boy (6) mauled by dog in own garden

An out-of-control dog mauled the face of a six-year-old boy after leaping over a 4ft fence to attack him in his own back garden.

Erfan Ali, from Cardiff, Wales, underwent a five-hour operation after being savagely attacked last Friday. Medics told his devastated parents their little boy, whose cheeks were torn apart in the attack, will be scarred for life.

11 die in Nigeria's sectarian violence

At least 11 people have been killed in violence between Christian and Muslim youths in Nigeria's volatile Plateau state since Sunday night, authorities have said.

The latest killings bring the total number of people killed in the ethnically and religiously mixed area in the past week to at least 50.

'Manic Monday' is safest day to drive

Motorists might moan about Monday but it is the day when they are at their most alert as drivers, a UK survey suggests.

The start of the working week is the time when drivers give most care and attention to the road, the poll by Kia Motors showed. Thursday was found to be the day when drivers were most relaxed.

Asylum seekers compete on show

The nation that brought the television world 'Big Brother' has now pitted five young rejected asylum seekers against one another for a €4,000 prize to take with them when they are deported.

'Weg Van Nederland' shone a satirical light on the plight of young asylum seekers in the Netherlands slated for expulsion by Dutch immigration authorities despite having spent most of their childhoods here.

School evacuated over mercury leak

A show-and-tell session in the US turned into cold decontamination showers for about 30 pre-school children after an employee brought in an old blood pressure monitor.

Authorities in Ohio say the monitor was left on the floor and a child in a rocking chair rolled over it, breaking a glass tube on the device containing mercury. Everyone was given the all-clear.

Speed-eater wings way to new record

The black widow of eating contests has wolfed down 183 chicken wings in 12 minutes to break her own world record.

Sonya Thomas, from Virginia in the US, took home first place at the 10th annual National Buffalo Wings Festival, beating Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, who came in second with 174 wings.

Irish Independent

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