Monday 18 December 2017

'Highway robbery' gang arrested

Ukrainian police have detained three men suspected of 30 cases of robbing goods from moving trucks on highways at night.

According to police, the men, aged 32 to 37, used a car with a specially reinforced hood and would drive up behind a truck moving at 40-50km per hour. Standing on the hood, one of the thieves would then open the locks with wire-cutters, get in and pass the loot over to his accomplice.

Australian public feeling the heat

PUBLIC cooling rooms could be set up across Australia to allow people to take refuge from the country's worsening heatwaves.

Australia's heatwaves are expected to get hotter and longer, according to government and meteorology experts, while the country's heat-related death toll is set to more than double by 2050.

Gunmen hijack Turkish ferry

UP to five gunmen identifying themselves as members of a Kurdish rebel group last night hijacked a ferry with 19 passengers on board off the Turkisk port city of Izmit.

Transport minister Binali Yildirim told NTV television one of the hijackers was in the captain's cabin and was claiming to be carrying a bomb. He said the hijackers had not yet made any demands.

13 killed in Syrian protests and raids

AT least 13 people were killed yesterday as Syrian security forces fired on anti-government protests and conducted sweeping raids.

The violence has spiked dramatically amid increasing signs that some protesters are taking up arms to protect themselves.

Stuck rodeo bull 'tyres' itself out

A RODEO bull in Hawaii has been freed from a giant tyre that was stuck on his head for about 20 hours.

The bull, named Skywalker, couldn't eat or drink after he got his head lodged in a 50lb truck tyre dumped at a ranch. When he became exhausted enough to be approached, a ranch worker prised the tyre off with a piece of wood.

Police stop 'drunk' school bus driver

CHILDREN on a school bus in New Jersey called their parents on their mobiles to say the driver was falling asleep behind the wheel.

Officers found Carole Crockett at Holly Hills School trying to pick up more students. Her breath test showed she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.25pc. The state's legal limit is 0.08pc.

Irish Independent

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