Saturday 7 December 2019

In brief: Race against time to rescue miners

Rescuers were racing to free 153 miners still trapped by a flood at a new mine in north China last night.

The state-owned Wangjialing coal mine in Shanxi province flooded after workers accidentally broke into a network of old water-filled shafts. Some 261 workers were inside the mine when it flooded on Sunday, and so far, 108 miners have escaped or been rescued.

'Banana' man (75) is UK's oldest dad

A 75-year-old man is believed to have become Britain's oldest father after his wife gave birth to a baby boy.

Gerry Burks, from Louth, Lincolnshire, reportedly attributed his virility to bananas and "the love of a good woman". His wife Dawn (41) gave birth to Ryan earlier this month.

Gazza charged with drink-driving

Former England football star Paul Gascoigne has been charged with drink-driving.

The 42-year-old former Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder will appear at Northallerton Magistrates' Court in the UK on April 16.

Fortune teller is convicted of rape

A fortune teller in California has been convicted of rape after convincing two teenage girls he could change their dismal futures if they had sex with him.

Cesar Duran was found guilty of charges that included forcible rape and lewd acts with minors. He faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced next month.

Car attack comes back to bite dog

A pit bull dog in Tennessee, in the US, has been sentenced to obedience training after attacking a local police car.

Winston managed to tear off a section of the front bumper and damage the tyres. A judge ruled that if he passed obedience and canine good-citizen classes, charges against his owner would be dismissed.

S Korea ship 'may have hit sea mine'

A North Korean sea mine may have caused the blast that sank a South Korean warship, South Korea's defence minister claimed last night.

Kim Tae-young said Seoul was not ruling out that a mine put to sea by North Korea could be to blame, either intentionally or by accident. South Korean rescuers are still searching for 46 crew members believed to have been trapped on the Cheonan. South Korea previously said it was unlikely North Korea was involved in the incident.

Irish Independent

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