Saturday 16 December 2017

Eight girls kidnapped

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight girls from a village near one of the Islamists' strongholds in north-eastern Nigeria overnight, police and residents said last night.

The abduction of the girls, aged 12 to 15, follows the kidnapping of more than 200 other schoolgirls by the militant group last month, whom it has threatened to sell into slavery. Lazarus Musa, a resident of the village of Warabe, said that armed men had opened fire during the raid.


A man has been mistakenly given a vasectomy by medics who were supposed to be performing a "minor procedure".

The patient, who has not been named, went to the Royal Liverpool Hospital for a minor urological operation but was wrongly made sterile by a blundering surgeon. Medics tried to reverse the error but it is not known if it worked.


A woman was stranded for five days after her car hurtled off a mountain pass tumbled into trees 80ft below.

Motorists near Fairplay, Colorado spotted the upturned car. They clambered down and found 43-year-old Kristin Hopkins conscious but dehydrated and badly injured. She will lose both her feet as a result of her injuries.


Colorado's new recreational marijuana industry has seen a rise in explosions as pot users try to extract oil from the drug.

The golden concoction can be up to 80pc THC – marijuana's intoxicating chemical – and devotees say one or two drops can produce a euphoric high. But cooking is dangerous. Hospital officials say more people are being burned and injured trying to make hash oil.


Playwright Alan Bennett has suggested that he is more impressed with contemporary US literature than its English counterpart – saying that home-grown writers have little to tell him.

The writer (79) also said that writing had become more difficult with age and that the output he had already produced did not give him any comfort.


Miley Cyrus is to resume her Bangerz tour after being treated in hospital following an allergic reaction to antibiotics.

The 21-year-old Wrecking Ball singer will kick off the UK leg of the tour at London's O2 arena.

Irish Independent

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