Thursday 18 January 2018

Pashminas die in cold

Thousands of Pashmina goats – the source of famed shawls and blankets and a mainstay of the Himalayan economy – have perished in northern India in some of the heaviest snowfall in decades.

As many as 25,000 of the animals have starved and frozen to death in the Ladakh region, in conditions not seen for 50 years. Officials have urged the state government of Jammu and Kashmir to do more.

Gaza marathon axed

The Gaza marathon has been cancelled by the UN agency responsible after Hamas said that women would not be allowed to take part.

The third staging of the race, due to be run on April 10, was cancelled by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency after Hamas, which controls the Palestinian territory, said that allowing women to compete would contravene Islamic tradition. 379 women, a record number, had entered this year's race. including 260 Palestinians.

Mentally ill victims

People suffering from mental illness are almost five times more likely to be victims of murder than the general population, researchers have found.

The popular myth of the "mad axeman" has created an impression that mentally ill people are dangerous which may expose them to greater risk, they say. Researchers examined 615 murders in Sweden between 2001 and 2008 and found in more than one-in-five the victim had been mentally ill.

Sistine Chapel closed

The Vatican has shut the Sistine Chapel, where the conclave takes place, to begin preparations for the election.

The work involves installing a raised floor to put the cardinals at the same level as the altar where the ballots are deposited. Workers will also set up two stoves, one for burning the ballots and the other to send up the black or white smoke that wafts over St Peter's Square to signal the result of the vote.

Batman not a fat man

A Chinese takeaway delivery man has admitted he is the figure dressed as Batman who handed an alleged criminal into police.

The CCTV images of Stan Worby (39) dressed as the Caped Crusader handing in his friend, 27-year-old Danny Frayne at a Bradford police station in West Yorkshire went around the world.

But Mr Worby said he is not happy he has been characterised as a chubby crimefighter – protesting that he looked overweight because he had to wear a tracksuit under the outfit due to the cold.

Irish Independent

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