Must be joke: Police claim rats ate 200kg of cannabis that mysteriously vanished from station

Almost 200kg of weed has vanished from a police station in India because rats have eaten it, officers claim. They were asked to produce the 195kg of drugs as evidence in a court case in Uttar Pradesh state but had nothing to show. Officers said ‘fearless mice’ had ‘destroyed’ the stock while it was in storage. Judge Sanjay Chaudhary said: ‘Rats are tiny animals and they have no fear of the police. It’s difficult to protect the drug from them.’ This is not the first time rodents have been blamed by an Indian police force. Judge Sanjay mentioned a case … Continue reading Must be joke: Police claim rats ate 200kg of cannabis that mysteriously vanished from station

Bullfighting ban proposal goes before French MPs

Imported from Spain in the 19th Century, bullfighting remains popular across large parts of southern France. Now, for the first time, a proposal to ban the “corrida” has reached the floor of the National Assembly – a sign of public sentiment shifting in favour of animal rights. Sponsored by the far-left Nupes alliance, it faces an uphill battle. The government officially opposes a ban and pro-corrida MPs promise to talk the measure out of parliamentary time. Though many in President Emmanuel Macron’s party are personally in favour, the Élysée Palace is wary of a ban, believing it would exacerbate tensions … Continue reading Bullfighting ban proposal goes before French MPs

Twins born from embryos frozen 30 years ago

Twin babies have been born in the US state of Tennessee from embryos frozen more than 30 years ago. It is believed to be a new record for the longest-frozen embryos ever to result in a successful live birth. They were stored at around -128C (-200F) in liquid nitrogen on 22 April 1992. Rachel Ridgeway, a mother of four from Oregon, gave birth to the twins on 31 October. The father, Philip Ridgeway, said it was “mind-boggling”. Lydia Ann and Timothy Ronald Ridgeway likely set a new record, according to the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC), a private faith-based organisation … Continue reading Twins born from embryos frozen 30 years ago

135-year-old message in a bottle found under floorboards

A plumber could not believe his eyes when he cut a hole in floorboards in an Edinburgh house and found a bottle containing a 135-year-old message. Peter Allan, 50, discovered the Victorian time capsule when he opened up the floor in the exact spot where the whisky bottle had been left. He rushed downstairs to tell the owner of the house in the Morningside area. Eilidh Stimpson had to smash open the bottle to read the note – and said her two children were excited by the find. Mr Allan told BBC Scotland he could not quite believe his luck … Continue reading 135-year-old message in a bottle found under floorboards

Iranian who made Paris airport home for 18 years dies

An Iranian man who lived in a Paris airport for 18 years and was the subject of a popular hollywood movie has died. Caught in a diplomatic limbo, Mehran Karimi Nasseri made a small area of Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport his home in 1988. His experience inspired the 2004 film, The Terminal, starring Tom Hanks. Mr Nasseri was eventually given the right to live in France, but he ended up returning to the airport a few weeks ago, where he died of natural causes, an airport official told AFP. Born in 1945 in the Iranian province of Khuzestan, Mr … Continue reading Iranian who made Paris airport home for 18 years dies

Country star Dolly Parton gets $100m award from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

Country music star and philanthropist Dolly Parton has been awarded a $100m prize by Jeff Bezos. The multi-billionaire founder of Amazon announced the award alongside his partner, Lauren Sanchez. Ms Sanchez described Parton as “a woman who gives with her heart and leads with love and compassion in every aspect of her work”. The Bezos Courage & Civility Award recognises leaders who “pursue solutions with courage and civility”. Ms Sanchez said on Instagram that Parton is “a woman who gives with her heart and leads with love and compassion in every aspect of her work.” “We can’t wait to see … Continue reading Country star Dolly Parton gets $100m award from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

Update: Store owner who sold record US Powerball ticket gets $1m bonus

Joseph Chahayed says he loves selling lottery tickets and he’ll love it a little bit more after Tuesday’s world record-setting US Powerball jackpot. The store owner has received a $1m bonus for selling the winning ticket in Altadena, California. The grandfather of 10, who arrived in the US from Syria in the 1980s – said he was excited but would return to the shop as usual at 06:00 every morning. One ticket scooped the $2.04bn jackpot, according to Powerball. Mr Chahayed said he did not know who had bought the ticket, but hoped it would be someone local. As for … Continue reading Update: Store owner who sold record US Powerball ticket gets $1m bonus

US Powerball jackpot rises to $1.9bn world record prize with no jackpot winner

The US Powerball jackpot has risen to $1.9bn after there was no winning ticket for Saturday’s world-record prize. The premier lottery game has had no winner in more than three months after 39 consecutive drawings. The odds of winning the jackpot in Monday’s draw are one in 292.2 million, according to Powerball. The previous world-record jackpot was set in 2016, when $1.59bn was split between three Powerball players. While no-one claimed Saturday’s winning prize, there were 16 tickets matching the five main numbers to win $1m each. Powerball tickets cost $2 to buy, and a winner has the option to choose … Continue reading US Powerball jackpot rises to $1.9bn world record prize with no jackpot winner

The man known as ‘India’s first voter’ dies aged 105

Shyam Saran Negi is thought to have been the first person to cast a ballot when India held its first general election after gaining independence from British rule. Mr Negi has voted in every election since then. The centenarian had cast his ballot just three days ago before his death on Saturday, in the assembly elections for his state of Himachal Pradesh. The retired teacher is thought to be the first person to vote in an independent India because his state opened polling booths five months early in 1951 for the 1952 election to avoid heavy snow. The result was … Continue reading The man known as ‘India’s first voter’ dies aged 105

Iranian man who didn’t wash for half a century dies at 94

A hermit dubbed by media as “the world’s dirtiest man” has died at the age of 94, just months after having his first wash in decades. Amou Haji had refused to use soap and water for more than half a century, fearing it would make him sick. The Iranian, who lived in the southern province of Fars, had avoided previous attempts by villagers to get him clean. But, local media say, Amou Haji finally succumbed to pressure and washed a few months ago. According to Iran’s IRNA news agency, he became ill shortly afterwards and died on Sunday. In a … Continue reading Iranian man who didn’t wash for half a century dies at 94

Hans Niemann sues accusers Magnus Carlsen and Chess.com for libel

US chess grandmaster Hans Niemann is suing rival player Magnus Carlsen for at least $100m after the Norwegian world champion accused him of cheating. In the latest move in a scandal that has rocked the chess world, Niemann is also suing website Chess.com, which published a report saying he likely cheated in more than 100 online games. Niemann says the defendants colluded to destroy his reputation and livelihood. Lawyers for Chess.com said there was “no merit” to Niemann’s allegations. In his filing, Niemann, 19, accuses Carlsen of launching a smear campaign against him in collaboration with Carlsen’s online chess company Play … Continue reading Hans Niemann sues accusers Magnus Carlsen and Chess.com for libel

Actress Anna May Wong becomes first Asian American on US currency

Actress Anna May Wong is set to become the first Asian American to be featured on US currency. She will appear as part of an effort to feature notable women on American quarters. Wong, who is considered the first Chinese American film star in Hollywood, is the fifth and final woman to be individually featured on the coin this year. The quarter will enter general circulation on Monday. It will feature President George Washington on one side and Wong on the other. Ventris Gibson, director of the US Mint, called Wong “a courageous advocate who championed for increased representation and … Continue reading Actress Anna May Wong becomes first Asian American on US currency