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A terrified burglar has handed himself to police in New
Zealand after breaking into a house and stumbling across
a body hanging in the dark. His screams alerted neigh-
bours in the North Island town of Hamilton, who thought
it was a domestic dispute.
Police said the hanged man had died hours before the
burglary, but might otherwise not have been found for
days. They said they hoped the encounter would prove a
life-changing moment for the burglar.
"Hopefully there will be a positive out of it and that he
will decide it's not the thing to do. I would be taking that
as pretty bad karma," Hamilton Police senior sergeant
Freda Grace told the New Zealand Herald.
She described the circumstances of the discovery early
yesterday morning as being "incredibly sad."
Police say that the would-be burglar will not be
charged and the death is not being treated as suspicious.
Burglar finds hanging body during break-in
Brazilian authorities have failed to halt nationwide
protests, despite reversing the public-transport fare
increases that sparked the unrest.
Crowds blocked main roads in Sao Paulo and
Brasilia, and protesters confronted police in Rio de
Janeiro state shortly after the U-turn was announced.
Earlier, there were clashes before Brazil s football
team played Mexico in Fortaleza in the Confederations
Protesters are angry at corruption and high spending
on next year s World Cup.
Activists say they have not changed their intention
to hold the biggest demonstrations yet today.
Hundreds of thousands are expected on the streets
there before another round of matches in the Con-
The continued protests come after the authorities
in the two biggest cities, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo,
said they would reverse the public-transport fare
Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad said the reversal
would be a "big sacrifice" and said other investments
would have to be cut.
Rio mayor Eduardo Paes made a similar point,
saying the lower transport prices would cost the city
500m reals ($225m; £145m) a year.
The mayors of Cuiaba, Recife, Joao Pessoa and
other cities have already announced a reduction in
bus fares in response to the protests.
But the protesters were unmoved by the gesture.
"It s not really about the price (of transport) any
more," said 18-year-old student Camila Sena, at a
protest in Rio de Janeiro s sister city of Niteroi.
"People are so disgusted with the system, so fed
up that now we re demanding change."
The objectives of this diverse protest movement
are very broad, such as demanding better education
and health services. A sluggish economy and inflation
that is affecting the lives of ordinary Brazilians every
day can be added to the mix. (BBC)
Govt U-turn fails to
quell Brazil protests
NEW YORK---Two men have been charged in the
Albany, New York, area in a bizarre plan to use a
device loosely described as a ray gun to "target peo-
ple they didn t like," a federal law enforcement
source with knowledge of the investigation said
Suspects Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, and Eric J
Feight, 54, intended to use the device to harm and
kill enemies of Israel, a Department of Justice news
release said. If convicted, each faces up to 15 years
in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised
They apparently planned to use the homemade
X-ray machine to attack high-ranking government
officials and other targets with radiation, the source
The public was never in any danger, the source
said. The device created by the defendants was
deemed inoperable and not a threat to the public.
Two charged in
X-ray terror plot
Health officials in India are investigating
reports that top Bollywood star Shah Rukh
Khan knows he and his wife are expecting
a baby boy. Maharashtra state health minister
Suresh Shetty said he had instructed his offi-
cials to conduct the inquiry. An Indian medical
association had written to the ministry, calling
for the investigation.
Sex tests before birth are illegal in India. The
couple have not commented on reports of the
pregnancy or gender.
India s ban on sex tests is part of attempts
to reduce female foeticide which distorts the
country s gender balance because of the general
cultural preference for boys.
Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri already
have two children, a boy and a girl.
So far they have refused to confirm wide-
spread media reports they are expecting a third
child next month, using a surrogate mother---
and that they know it is a boy. Correspondents
say it is possible the media reports are inac-
curate---or indeed that the couple had an ultra-
sound test legally in another country. (BBC)
Shah Rukh Khan faces 'baby sex test' inquiry
Rescue workers in northern India are
scrambling to save tens of thousands of
people left stranded by devastating floods
that have killed as many as 150 people
in the region.
One government official described the
flooding as a "Himalayan tsunami."
Triggered by unusually early and heavy
monsoon rains, the floods have swept
away buildings, roads and vehicles in the
mountainous state of Uttarakhand, which
borders Nepal and China. The neighbour-
ing state of Uttar Pradesh has also been
"Our hearts go out to the families of
those who have lost their lives and those
who have suffered injury or loss of property
in this huge tragedy," said Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, who carried out an
aerial survey of the affected areas in
With bad weather hampering rescue
efforts and some areas still under water,
officials are struggling to gauge the scale
of the disaster.
"Very heavy casualties are feared and
I cannot give the exact number without
a proper survey," said Uttarakhand Chief
Minister Vijay Bahuguna.
Singh said yesterday that estimates put
the number of people killed in the floods
at 102, but added that "it is feared that
loss of lives could eventually be much
A local official in Uttarakhand, Om
Prakash, said that the death toll in the
state had reached 150.
Rescue workers reached the town yes-
terday and evacuated hundreds of people
to safer areas.
The worst of the heavy rain came in the
past few days in a region of India where
the monsoon doesn t usually arrive for
another month, according to Pedram Java-
heri, a CNN International meteorologist.
"Some areas have seen more than twice
their average monthly rainfall totals," he
said. It s "the fastest India s ever seen the
onset of the monsoon season."
The weather has also brought chaos
further south, in the Indian capital, New
Delhi, where the Yamuna River has reached
its highest level since 2010, according to
Flood waters have flowed out into parts
of Delhi, inundating streets, shops and
homes. Some water from the river has
spilled out onto the city s Outer Ring Road,
potentially disrupting traffic, CNN-IBN
reported yesterday. (CNN)
A collapsed road is
pictured by a flooded
river in Uttarakhand
state on Monday.
India floods leave 150 dead
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