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A 25-year-old American man was rescued
by the US Coast Guard after he tried to walk
from Detroit to Canada across a frozen lake,
officials said yesterday.
The man was found on Thursday on Lake
St Clair, which borders the United States and
Canada, about 1.5 miles from shore by a look-
out assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Neah
Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug, the Coast
The man, who was not named, appeared to
be carrying only personal goods and told
those who rescued him he was trying to walk
to Toronto, about 200 miles from Detroit and
175 miles from the eastern edge of the lake.
The former Italian Prime
Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has
served his final few hours of a
community service sentence
for tax fraud. Berlusconi, 78,
has spent four hours a week
with elderly dementia patients
since May last year. He told re-
porters at the care home near
Milan where he has been work-
ing he intends to "continue the
experience" in his free time.
The three-time Italian leader
remains embroiled in several
"The time spent with the
sick, with the volunteers, with
the health and social workers,
has been a moving experience,"
he said. Next week a court is
due to review his acquittal for
paying for sex with an under-
age prostitute, which could
mean a retrial for Berlusconi.
Archaeologists and officials have
expressed outrage about the bull-
dozing of the ancient Assyrian city
of Nimrud by Islamic State militants
IS began demolishing the site,
which was founded in the 13th Cen-
tury BC, on Thursday, according to
The head of the UN s cultural
agency condemned the "systematic"
destruction in Iraq as a "war crime".
IS, which controls large areas of
Iraq and Syria, says shrines and stat-
ues are "false idols" that have to be
"They are erasing our history," said
Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani.
Nimrud lies on the Tigris river, 18
miles south-east of Mosul, which IS
Many of the artefacts found there
have been moved to museums in
Baghdad and overseas, but many
remain on site.
BBC Middle East correspondent
Jim Muir says the attempt to destroy
Nimrud is already being compared
with the Taliban s demolition of the
Bamiyan Buddha rock sculptures in
Afghanistan in 2001. As well as
destroying artefacts, Islamic State also
trades in them---and the trade is one
of its key sources of revenue.
IS "assaulted the historic city of
Nimrud and bulldozed it with heavy
vehicles," the tourism and antiquities
ministry said on Thursday. (BBC)
Outcry as IS bulldozers attack ancient Iraq site
The doctor who pulled Harrison
Ford from the wreck of a plane crash
has described how he feared a fireball
from the aircraft s leaking fuel.
Spine surgeon Sanjay Khurana was
playing golf in Los Angeles when the
American actor s vintage plane "belly-
flopped" down on to the eighth hole.
He said the 72-year-old star of the
Indiana Jones and Star Wars films was
"very lucky" to be alive.
After Thursday s crash, Ford s son
said the actor was "battered but OK!"
Ford s publicist said: "The injuries
sustained are not life threatening, and
he is expected to make a full recovery."
Dr Khurana, who witnessed the
crash, said he initially feared the pilot
would have "very serious, very tragic"
injuries after the plane "dropped like
a rock." But he said Ford looked
"remarkably intact" when he and other
golfers reached him.
"Obviously there was a pilot who
was in distress and there was fuel leak-
ing and so my concern was that it was
going to ignite," Dr Khurana told
Shortly after take-off from Santa
Monica Airport, Ford said he was expe-
riencing engine failure with his 1942
Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR and was
making an "immediate return."
He was unable to reach the runway
and eventually crash-landed on the
Penmar Golf Course in Venice.
Officials said the plane had been fly-
ing at about 3,000 feet before losing
altitude and clipping a tree on the way
Doctor feared fireball from Harrison Ford plane
NEW DELHI---Several thousand
people stormed a prison in north-
eastern India, where they dragged
away a man accused of rape and
then lynched him, police said yes-
The mob overpowered security
at Dimapur Central Prison in
Nagaland on Thursday and seized
the rape suspect, whom they also
accused of being an illegal migrant
from Bangladesh. They pelted him
with stones and beat him to death,
said police Constable Sunep Aier.
Police said a curfew was
imposed in the city after the killing
and no other incidents of violence
had been reported.
The man had been arrested on
suspicion of raping a local woman
on February 24.
In recent years, India has seen
an outpouring of anger against
sexual violence that is pervasive
across the country. But Thursday s
killing was also likely linked to ten-
sions in Nagaland over an influx
of migrants from Bangladesh.
Dimapur, the largest city in Naga-
land, is 1,000 miles east of New
Several local groups accuse the
migrants of taking away their land
and jobs and have been protesting
in recent weeks.
A mob of thousands of people
lynched a suspected rapist after
breaking into a prison in north-
east India, police say.
Farid Khan was stripped naked
by the crowd, beaten and dragged
through streets before being
hanged in Dimapur, the main city
in Nagaland state.
Police officers opened fire to try
to stop the mob, wounding several
Tensions in the country are high
following the government s deci-
sion to ban India s Daughter, a film
about the 2012 gang rape of a stu-
The Hindustan Times newspa-
per reports that the crowd "tore
down two gates and took custody"
of the suspect, before dragging
him to the town s landmark clock
The documentary features an
interview with one of the men
sentenced to death for the attack.
His lack of remorse and sug-
gestions that the victim might have
survived if she had not resisted
has drawn international outrage
and sparked protests across India.
The film was broadcast in the
UK on Wednesday night. (AP)
Accused rapist dragged
from prison, killed by mob
In this Thursday photo, members of a mob pull a man accused of rape, centre, out of the Central Jail where he
was held in Dimapur, in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland. Several thousand people overpowered
security at Dimapur Central Prison on Thursday, and seized the rape suspect, whom they also accused of
being an illegal migrant from Bangladesh. They pelted him with stones and beat him to death, said police
Constable Sunep Aier. AP PHOTO
The mummified body of a climber is seen at Citlaltepetl volcano (Pico de
Orizaba) on the limits of Mexican states Puebla and Veracruz March 5, 2015.
Members of Mexican Mountaineering Club and Civil Protection of the
municipality of Chalchicomula de Sesma confirmed the discovery of
mummified bodies, which apparently correspond to two men, at the glacier
called Jamapa, on the north side of the Pico de Orizaba volcano, local media
reported. The bodies could not be recovered due to weather conditions. The
could belong to two climber who disappeared in November 1959 during an
avalanche. REUTERS PHOTO
Italy's Berlusconi ends community service term Man rescued trying to walk on frozen lake to Canada
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