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Monday 11 December 2017

Mother who leapt to death from cliff with son 'suffered from depression'

Associated Press

A YOUNG mother believed to have killed her two children suffered badly with depression, neighbours have claimed.

Police began investigating after the bodies of Katherine Hooper, 24, and her five-year-old son Joshua Patterson were found at the bottom of a 100ft cliff in Dartmoor National Park, England, last Friday. Officers later discovered the body of Ms Hooper's two-year-old son Samuel Patterson after searching her home in Paignton, Devon. Detectives said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident, but confirmed all three had been known to various welfare agencies.

Foreign tourists reported seeing Ms Hooper standing on top of a granite outcrop with a child on her back or shoulders and suggested she may have jumped.

ISLAMISTS CALL FOR RETURN OF MORSI

islamist lawmakers in Egypt's disbanded upper house of parliament demanded yesterday that the army re-instate ousted President Mohammed Morsi, and called on other legislatures around the world not to recognise the new military-backed leadership.

Speaking at a mass rally, the two dozen former parliamentarians, all Islamist members of the Shura Council that was dissolved by court order, accused the military of attempting to restore a "corrupt and dictatorial" regime.

HOPES GROW FOR MANDELA RECOVERY

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki said yesterday he was confident his predecessor's health would improve and the ailing anti-apartheid hero would be released to recuperate at home.

Mr Mandela was admitted on June 8 to the hospital for treatment for a recurring lung infection. He is now in critical but stable condition.

18 KILLED AS TRUCK PLOUGHS INTO BUS

Eighteen people are dead after a truck carrying stones used for pavements ran into a passenger bus in an outlying area of Moscow. Twenty-five other people were injured in the crash, the emergency services ministry said. It did not state the severity of the injuries.

The accident occurred when the truck ploughed into the side of the bus near Oznobishino, a settlement in the Moscow municipality about 40km south of the city centre. Russian news reports say the drivers of both vehicles are among those in hospital.

GIRL ON BOARD CRASH-LANDING FLIGHT DIES

A girl who was aboard the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed has died the same day authorities confirmed one of the two Chinese teenagers killed in the disaster was hit by a fire truck.

The disclosure about the teen raised the tragic possibility that she could have survived the crash only to die in its chaotic aftermath. No one knows yet whether the two teens lived through the initial impact at the San Francisco airport. But police and fire officials confirmed that Ye Meng Yuan, 16, was hit by a fire truck racing to extinguish the blazing Boeing 777.

CONTROLLED EXPLOSION AFTER MOSQUE BLAST

A CONTROLLED explosion has been carried out on what is suspected to have been part of a nail bomb that exploded at a mosque. A police spokesman said there had been no problems with the controlled explosion and the situation had been dealt with by explosives specialists.

Community leaders and police appealed for calm and unity yesterday after a nail bomb attack at the Kanz Ul Iman Masjid mosque in Tipton, West Midlands, which officers said was designed to cause "serious harm". Police and religious leaders urged residents to stick together regardless of beliefs and backgrounds. Ghulam Rasool, a local imam, implored community members not to let inter-faith relations be undermined. "The people of Tipton and Sandwell will not succumb to disharmony," he said.

DREAMLINER FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION

A British governmental body said yesterday it was leading an investigation into a fire aboard an empty Dreamliner aircraft at Heathrow Airport, an incident that sparked renewed concern about Boeing's newest plane.

Investors in Boeing, which calls its newest plane a Dreamliner, had feared Friday's blaze meant the battery problem that had grounded the whole fleet of such planes in January had not been fixed.

However, Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch said yesterday there was "no evidence of a direct causal relationship" between the Dreamliner's batteries and the fire.

Irish Independent

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