Thursday 14 December 2017

Lead poisoning killing children

LEAD poisoning caused by illegal gold mining has killed 163 Nigerians, most of them children, in remote villages in recent months.

Doctors revealed that 355 cases in at least six locations in the northern Zamfara state had been reported so far and 111 of the dead were children, many of them under five. The problem is said to be caused by toxic lead left near the houses from the mines.

Funeral ban for the 'grim eater'

A New Zealand funeral home has stepped in to stop a fake mourner who was attending up to four funerals a week to stock up on food.

Funeral home director Danny Langstraat reportedly said that the "grim eater" appeared at the funerals to enjoy the finger food, but did not know the deceased.

US makes Queen birthday blunder

The US State Department has conceded committing a diplomatic faux pas by sending birthday greetings to Britain's Queen Elizabeth a week early.

Spokesman PJ Crowley said that yesterday's message from US secretary of state Hillary Clinton wishing the monarch well on her 84th birthday was premature. Her actual birthday is on April 21, but British monarchs celebrate a second official birthday on a Saturday in June decided by the UK government -- this year on June 12.

Thief 'left licence plate at scene'

A burglary suspect was charged after US police said they found the licence plate from his car at the scene.

The Jacksonville sheriff's office reported that 49-year-old Gary Browder was already in jail for two unrelated counts when he was charged with the burglary.

Marital strife for Ryder Cup star

Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has said he is working through his problems after a newspaper claimed he had been seeing an ex-lover.The eight-time European number one had reportedly confessed to wife Gaynor Knowles about a secret affair with former girlfriend Joanne Baldwin. The affair is reportedly over and 'Monty' (46) is trying to save his marriage.

'Golden Girls' star dies after stroke

Actress Rue McClanahan, best known for her role in the US TV comedy series 'Golden Girls', has died at the age of 76, it emerged yesterday.

McClanahan, who played fun-loving southern belle Blanche Devereaux in the 1980s sitcom, died of a stroke.

Irish Independent

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