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SWEDEN – Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad dies at 91

SWEDEN – Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad dies at 91

The Swedish founder of the Ikea furniture chain, Ingvar Kamprad, has died at the age of 91, the company has announced. Kamprad – who pioneered flat-pack furniture – died at his home in Småland, Ikea confirmed in a statement. The company said that Kamprad was “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of the 20th century”. The […]

SOUTH KOREA – 37 Killed in South Korean hospital FIRE

SOUTH KOREA – 37 Killed in South Korean hospital FIRE

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – South Korea’s deadliest fire in almost a decade has ripped through a hospital in the city of Miryang, killing at least 37 people and injuring more than 100. Authorities revised the death toll down from 39 on Friday afternoon, but a Miryang City official warned it could rise as at least […]

NORTH AFRICA – Tortured for profit

NORTH AFRICA – Tortured for profit

LIBYA – Disturbing video clips shared on social media by their desperate families have revealed the ordeal of Sudanese migrants kidnapped and tortured for ransom in Libya. As one clip plays, viewers can hear the slap of the whip, the whimpering as each man is forced to turn his head to the camera and beg […]

USA – Jailed for 175 years

USA – Jailed for 175 years

LANSING — The former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation’s top gymnasts for years under the guise of medical treatment was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison by a judge who proudly told him, “I just signed your death warrant.” The sentence capped a remarkable seven-day hearing in which […]

U.S. shutdown: Trump and Democrats blame each other

U.S. shutdown: Trump and Democrats blame each other

Recriminations have begun over the failure of the United States Senate to pass a new budget and prevent the shutdown of many federal services. A bill to fund the federal government for the coming weeks did not receive the required 60 votes by the deadline of midnight on Friday. President Trump accused the Democrats of […]

USA – Flu season in the United States gets worse

USA – Flu season in the United States gets worse

NEW YORK — The flu season in the United States is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. “This is a season that has a […]

CANADA – Facebook selfie showing murder weapon helps convict killer

CANADA – Facebook selfie showing murder weapon helps convict killer

TORONTO – A Canadian woman has been convicted of killing her friend after police discovered the murder weapon used in a picture of the pair on social media. Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, pleaded guilty on Monday to killing Brittney Gargol, then 18, in March 2015. Gargol was found strangled to death near a landfill in […]

USA – parents arrested after siblings found shackled and malnourished

USA – parents arrested after siblings found shackled and malnourished

PERRIS — From the outside, the brown-and-beige four-bedroom home looked fairly orderly. The couple who owned it had purchased the house new in 2014 and soon arrived in this Los Angeles suburb with their 12 children. They lived there quietly for at least three years and had another baby. Then on Sunday, one of the […]

USA – Boat that caught fire had no past problems, says casino company

USA – Boat that caught fire had no past problems, says casino company

TAMPA — A casino company said Monday it never had a problem with the shuttle boat that burst into flames off Florida’s Gulf Coast, leading to the death of a female passenger. Tropical Breeze Casino spokeswoman Beth Fifer said the company does not know what caused Sunday’s huge blaze, which gutted the 12-year-old shuttle boat […]