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A woman who performed illegal
plastic surgeries under the name "Black
Madam" has been sentenced to at least
a decade in prison.
Padge-Victoria Windslowe, 43, used
industrial-grade silicone to increase the
size of women's buttocks.
The procedure killed a 20-year-old
London dancer who travelled to
Philadelphia in 2011 for the operation.
During the trial Windslowe boasted
about her work, calling herself "the
Michelangelo of buttocks injections."
She was found guilty in March of
third-degree murder for the death of
Claudia Aderotimi, a British woman who
flew to Philadelphia for the procedure.
Aderotimi died in 2011 after receiving
injections in an airport hotel.
Windslowe ran "pumping parties" in
residences, where women received the
procedure to enhance their backsides.
Despite government warnings, the
use of low-grade silicone for plastic
surgery continues underground among
women that cannot afford professional
Windslowe once ran a transgender
escort service and performed in Gothic
hip-hop music videos. (BBC)
Illegal buttocks surgeon jailed after Briton dies
BOGOTA---Colombian officials are blaming rebels
for an attack on the country s energy infrastructure
that left hundreds of thousands without power.
President Juan Manuel Santos said yesterday that
the FARC guerrilla group had blown up an energy
pylon and blacked out much of the southern region
of Caqueta Wednesday night.
Santos called it an irrational terrorist act that was
counter to the ongoing peace process.
The blackout affected more than 300,000 people
and had not been fully resolved as of midday.
The bombing is the latest in a series of recent
attacks on Colombian infrastructure, including roads
Santos said that on Monday, the FARC forced sev-
eral oil tanker drivers in the oil-producing region of
Puerto Asis to dump their loads of crude, creating
an environmental hazard. (AP)
KATHMANDU---A landslide triggered by heavy rain-
fall buried at least 21 people and left dozens missing
as they were sleeping at night in six villages in
Nepal s mountainous northeast, officials said yes-
Rescuers dug out the bodies and searched the
rubble for survivors in Taplejung district, 310 miles
east of the capital, Kathmandu, said police official
At least 24 people are missing but the number
could be higher, he said.
The weather improved, allowing a rescue helicopter
to reach the area and evacuate eight injured people.
The nearest town is at least five hours away on
foot when the weather is good, but getting to the site
was taking much longer for rescuers on Thursday
because of rains and fog, said Home Ministry official
Laxmi Dhakal in Kathmandu.
There are no government offices or police stations
in the area.
Landslides are common in mountainous Nepal
during the rainy monsoon season, which began in
June and ends in September.
The Himalayan nation is still recovering from earth-
quakes in April and May that killed more than 8,700
people and caused massive damage, with many of
the roads cut off by landslides.
Meanwhile, the government announced yesterday
it would hire international experts to study trekking
routes in the mountains of Nepal to see if they are
safe for hikers to return.
Nineteen people were killed and scores injured in
an avalanche at Mount Everest base camp triggered
by the April 25 quake. Also, the trails around the
Langtang valley in northern Nepal were completely
damaged and an entire village buried by a landslide
and avalanche set off by the earthquake. (AP)
Rebel attack in Colombia
leaves 300,000 in the dark
GENEVA---Swiss and Austrian investi-
gators have launched probes into alleged
spying in hotels hosting delicate Iranian
nuclear talks, with Israel denying its
secret services were involved.
It comes ahead of the June 30 deadline
for a historic agreement between Iran and
world powers aimed at curtailing Tehran s
nuclear programme in return for relief
from punishing sanctions.
It also comes a day after a Russian-
based security firm said a computer worm
widely linked to Israel was used to spy
on the negotiations.
Israel is vehemently opposed to a
nuclear deal with Iran, with Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu warning that the
accord would not "block Iran s path to
But it has denied spying on the talks
with Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi
Hotovely telling Israeli army radio yes-
terday: "There is no basis to all the inter-
national reports on Israel s involvement
in the affair. What is much more important
is that we prevent a bad agreement, oth-
erwise, at the end of the day, we ll find
ourselves with an Iranian nuclear umbrel-
la."The Swiss attorney-general s office con-
firmed it had got government clearance
to launch a probe into alleged spying on
May 6 and conducted a raid six days later,
seizing computer equipment, due to "sus-
picion of illegal intelligence services oper-
ating in Switzerland."
Austria, which has also hosted numer-
ous rounds of the nuclear talks, said yes-
terday it was also investigating possible
spying at meeting venues there.
Last month s talks in Geneva, held at
the luxury Intercontinental Hotel, failed
to bridge differences between Washington
and Tehran, especially over the crucial
issue of inspections of military sites. (AFP)
People lend a helping hand in pushing away a stranded passenger private bus that is on its way from Allahabad to India's Madhya
Pradesh state, in Allahabad, India, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Days away from historic agreement deadline...
Israel denies spying on
Iran nuclear deal talks
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