Crocodile kills boy
A CROCODILE is suspected to have taken a 12-year-old boy after attacking and injuring his friend as they swam in a water hole in Australia.
Police believed the missing boy was taken by a crocodile as he and a number of other boys swam at Mudginberri Billabong in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park in northern Australia.
Syrian negotiators have reached their first deal in peace talks in Geneva, an agreement to allow women and children to escape the siege of rebel-held districts of the city of Homs.
A relief corridor will be opened up as early as today, Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations envoy and mediator at the talks, said last night. Non-combatant men will also be allowed to depart, although only after a list has been sent for scrutiny by the government.
GOMEZ 'INTRUDER' HELD
A brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman's body was removed from life support yesterday as the hospital keeping her on machines against her family's wishes acceded to a judge's ruling that it should allow her to die.
Marlise Munoz was pronounced dead after John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth complied with the order to withdraw life support.
The hospital had been keeping her alive against her family's wishes for the sake of the 23-week-old fetus she was carrying.
CRUISE HIT BY ILLNESS
US health officials yesterday boarded a cruise ship docked in the US Virgin Islands to investigate an illness outbreak that affected at least 300 people with vomiting and diarrhoea.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 281 passengers and 22 crew on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas fell ill during the Caribbean cruise.
ENGELBERT GETS KISSED
VETERAN star Engelbert Humperdinck has teamed up for an unlikely duet with the rock idol Gene Simmons, of the band Kiss.
The pair have teamed up for Humperdinck's album of duets, which will come out in March. The duo, with a combined age of 141, and both famed for many years as lotharios, have recorded a version of the song 'Spinning Wheel'.