Russian oil chief Maganov dies in ‘fall from hospital window’

The chairman of Russia’s Lukoil oil giant, Ravil Maganov, has died after falling from a hospital window in Moscow, reports say. Maganov, 67, was being treated at the city’s Central Clinical Hospital and died from his injuries, sources told Russian media. He is the latest of a number of high-profile business executives to die in mysterious circumstances. Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, Lukoil called for the war to end. Early in March, the Lukoil board called for the conflict in Ukraine to end as soon as possible, expressing its sympathy to victims of “this tragedy”. Ravil Maganov took over as … Continue reading Russian oil chief Maganov dies in ‘fall from hospital window’

San Francisco couple fined $1,500 for parking in their own driveway

A San Francisco couple is now taking a different approach to how they park after receiving a $1,500 fine for parking in their own driveway. It’s something the two have done for nearly 40 years, but the city’s planning department says their parking habits have violated the planning code. According to the local ABC news affiliate, it’s a violation to park vehicles in a setback that is in front of a house, which is exactly what Judy and Ed Craine did. Their home sits on a steep hill that makes parking on the street a challenge. So, they parked on … Continue reading San Francisco couple fined $1,500 for parking in their own driveway

Elephant ‘killed woman then went to her funeral and trampled on her corpse’

An elephant allegedly killed a 70-year-old woman and then returned to stampede on her dead body during her funeral.  The escaped animal trampled Maya Murmu while she was collecting water in Raipal village, Eastern India, on Thursday, police said.  She died from her injuries in hospital and her body was placed on a funeral pyre that evening.  But the elephant came back and trampled her corpse while her family performed last rites, Press Trust of India reported.  Once the animal left, the family is said to have proceeded with the funeral. The elephant escaped from Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary, in Mayurbhanj, … Continue reading Elephant ‘killed woman then went to her funeral and trampled on her corpse’

LOL: South African clubs banned for life after two games see 41 own goals scored with results of 33-1 and 59-1

South African fourth-tier sides Matiyasi FC, Shivulani Dangerous Tigers, Kotoko Happy Boys and Nsami Mighty Birds have been banned for life after being found guilty of fixing matches. Tigers and Matiyasi were fighting for the top position to gain promotion; the former claimed a 33-1 win over Happy Boys as Matiyasi defeated Mighty Birds 59-1. This obviously caught the attention of administrators and investigations were done, with the clubs found guilty. “Our investigation found Matiyasi and Nsami wanted to stop Shivulani, who at the time were leading with a three-point gap and a goal difference of 16, from topping the … Continue reading LOL: South African clubs banned for life after two games see 41 own goals scored with results of 33-1 and 59-1

Driver abandons mangled £500,000 Ferrari after crashing into five parked cars

A Ferrari driver fled his £500,000 supercar after crashing head-on into a row of parked cars. What was left of the red SF90 – dubbed the ‘quickest car of the decade’ – was found on Hagley road yesterday evening. Shocking photos from the scene show the mangled wreck, with the bonnet completely ripped off. The airbags deployed and no one was found injured at the scene. But firefighters confirmed the driver was not there when crews arrived before 8pm. It’s not known how fast the car was travelling when it crashed, but the SF90 can go from 0-62mph in just … Continue reading Driver abandons mangled £500,000 Ferrari after crashing into five parked cars

Couple in India sue son for not giving them a grandchild

A couple in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand are suing their only son and his wife for not giving them a grandchild after six years of marriage. Sanjeev and Sadhana Prasad, 61 and 57, say they used up their savings raising their son, paying for his pilot’s training as well as a lavish wedding. They are demanding compensation worth nearly $650,000 (£525,000) if no grandchild is born within a year. The highly unusual lawsuit was filed on grounds of “mental harassment”. Mr Prasad said he had spent all his savings on his son, sending him to the US in … Continue reading Couple in India sue son for not giving them a grandchild

Man finds £130,000 cash inside kitchen cupboards he bought off eBay

Thomas Heller A DIY fan has given a new meaning to the saying ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ after he found £130,000 in old kitchen cabinets. Thomas Heller, from Germany, bought them from an elderly couple’s estate on eBay and was chuffed when he even negotiated the original price down to £203, saving £50. Inside one of the cupboards, the 50-year-old discovered tens of thousands of euros stashed in two secret boxes. Instead of succumbing to temptation and pocketing the cash, the social housing managing director handed it in to a police station. Mr Heller said: ‘One [envelope] was … Continue reading Man finds £130,000 cash inside kitchen cupboards he bought off eBay

US man wins $450k lawsuit after unwanted office birthday party

A Kentucky man has been awarded $450,000 (£345,314) after his company threw him a surprise birthday party despite his warnings that it would trigger stress and anxiety. The plaintiff, Kevin Berling, claims that the unwanted 2019 birthday party at Gravity Diagnostics caused him a series of panic attacks. Mr Berling’s lawsuit alleged that the company discriminated against him based on a disability. According to the lawsuit filed in Kentucky’s Kenton County, Mr Berling – who suffers from anxiety disorders – had asked his manager to not celebrate his birthday at work as it normally does for its employees, as it … Continue reading US man wins $450k lawsuit after unwanted office birthday party

Famous Italian villa fails to sell for at auction

A villa in the Italian capital Rome housing the only mural by Caravaggio has failed to sell at auction. Villa Aurora is at the centre of a legal battle between its current occupier, Texas-born Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi, and her stepsons. The villa, which had a starting price of €471m (£394m), was expected to become the most expensive property ever sold but attracted no bids. Another attempt to sell it is expected in April, with the price cut by 20%. The highlight of the six-storey villa’s many treasures is the wall painting by the 16th and 17th Century artist Michelangelo … Continue reading Famous Italian villa fails to sell for at auction

Really?: Australian man ‘cannot leave Israel for 8,000 years’ over unpaid child support

An Australian national living in Israel has said he is subject to an 8,000-year travel ban unless he pays an outstanding £1.8m in child support payments. Noam Huppert, a 44-year-old analytical chemist working for a pharmaceutical company, is not allowed to leave Israel until 31 December 9999 owing to a 2013 “stay of exit” order handed down after a family court case was brought by his ex-wife, according to news.com.au. The court ruled Huppert must pay 5,000 shekels (£1,200) a month for each of his two children until they turn 18. It was not immediately clear whether Huppert has made any … Continue reading Really?: Australian man ‘cannot leave Israel for 8,000 years’ over unpaid child support

Auschwitz tattoo stamp auction in Jerusalem sparks fury

The head of Israel’s Holocaust memorial has criticised plans by a Jerusalem auctioneer to sell tools used to tattoo inmates at the Auschwitz death camp. The set of stamps made from needles is “the most shocking Holocaust item”, Tzolsman auction house says on its online auction page. The Nazis branded prisoners with numbers and letters on their arms, and survivors still bear them decades on. The auctioneer, Meir Tzolman, said the sale was meant to “increase awareness”. “I am the last to underestimate or diminish the value of the Holocaust,” the Times of Israel quoted him as telling Army Radio. “I … Continue reading Auschwitz tattoo stamp auction in Jerusalem sparks fury

How a woman was shot in eye while looking through apartment peephole

On Monday, a 37-year-old woman was shot while looking through the peephole of her Manhattan apartment. Miraculously, officials said she is expected to recover. While certainly a rare instance, the disturbing case is not the only time that New York City has seen this particular crime. According to NBC New York, the victim told police that she heard a knock at her door around 8 p.m. When the woman looked in the peephole to check who was there, she reportedly heard a gunshot. Then, she felt a painful sensation around her eye. Medical personnel transported the woman to a nearby hospital, while … Continue reading How a woman was shot in eye while looking through apartment peephole