Sunday 26 January 2020

Kidney donor fired by recipient boss

A New York woman who donated a kidney so her ailing boss would move up the transplant waiting list says she was fired shortly after the operation, according to a complaint she filed with the New York State Division of Human Rights.

Deborah Stevens said her former employer, Atlantic Automotive Group, discriminated against her over disabilities brought about by complications from the surgery.

Wrong guest ends up at swish soiree

Sweden's environment minister thought she had asked the country's former agriculture minister to attend a glamorous dinner. But the invitation went to the "wrong" Margareta Winberg -- an ordinary Swede who jumped at the chance to mingle.

Ms Winberg (67) told a Swedish paper that she met interesting people, "like that guy Blix", meaning former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix.

Dad won't pardon son kept in prison

A Saudi Arabian man who was jailed for three years in 1997 has spent a further 12 years behind bars waiting for his father to pardon him, a local human rights group has said.

Eid al-Sinani (43) was originally sentenced to three years in prison and 200 lashes for beating up his stepmother, Musab al-Zahrani, the National Society for Human Rights said.

Pizza herb can kill prostate cancer

A pizza topping herb contains a compound that can kill prostate cancer, laboratory studies have shown.

Scientists at Long Island University in New York tested carvacrol, a component of oregano, on lines of cancer cells. They found that the chemical induced apoptosis, or programmed "cell suicide".

Swiss woman died from sunlight diet

A Swiss woman starved to death after embarking on a spiritual diet that required her to stop eating or drinking and live off sunlight alone.

The unnamed woman in her 50s decided to follow the radical fast in 2010 after seeing a documentary about an Indian guru who claims to have lived that way for 70 years. The prosecutors' office in the Swiss canton of Aargau said it had opened a criminal investigation into the death.

Irish Independent

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