Thursday 23 January 2020

World in brief: Uganda campaigns for new anti-gay law

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni

Ugandan parliamentarians are launching a campaign to revive a recently invalidated anti-gay measure and hope to have it passed within weeks.

About 150 lawmakers have promised to vote in support of the bill when parliament emerges from a recess.

It is being treated as a "national priority" after a Ugandan court last week declared it illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum.

Commuters to rescue

Dozens of people helped rescue a fellow commuter in Australia by pushing against a train car to free the man whose leg slipped between the platform and the train.

Footage showed the man lost his footing while boarding the train at a station in Perth yesterday.

Boy (12) steals bus

Police say a 12-year-old boy driving a stolen school bus led officers on a chase in parts of three US counties before crashing into a parked truck and a home.

Sheriff Pat Shafer said the boy rode his bike from his home to a residence near where the Frontier School bus was parked with its keys inside. Shafer said the boy, who has a learning disability, drove off in the bus. Juvenile authorities are working with the boy's family to determine the best course of action.

Online man raped girl

A man has been jailed for 10 years for raping a 12-year-old girl he met online.

John Astley (34) groomed the girl before taking her away from her home and raping her in a car park, Sussex Police in England said.

Astley met up with the girl twice in Sunderland before travelling from his home town of Bolton to West Sussex, and taking her to a retail park in Hampshire, where he raped her.

Neville joins BBC team

The BBC has signed up Phil Neville for Match Of The Day despite his much-criticised performance in the World Cup commentary box.

The former Everton and Manchester United star is joining show veterans Alan Shearer, Robbie Savage and Danny Murphy alongside other newcomers Ruud Gullit and Rio Ferdinand.

'Massacre' star dead

Actress Marilyn Burns, perhaps best known as the heroine in the 1974 cult horror hit 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre', has passed away aged 65.

Her manager, Chris Roe, confirmed that Burns was found unresponsive by a family member at her home in the Houston area of Texas.

Irish Independent

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