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Wife of English footballer Wayne Rooney gives birth to baby boy

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Wife of English footballer Wayne Rooney gives birth to baby boy

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The wife of English football player Wayne Rooney has given birth to a baby boy in Liverpool, England.

Coleen Rooney gave birth to the child in the Liverpool Women’s Hospital at 1420 GMT, after being nine days overdue. The child has been named Kai Wayne Rooney. The father was present at the birth. The birth itself was natural, however Coleen did have to be induced.

A spokesperson for the married couple has said: “Mother and baby are both absolutely fine. Wayne and Coleen are thrilled with the wonderful addition to their family life.” Wayne Rooney is a striker player for Manchester United F.C. He had to abandon earlier training sessions due to the birth taking place.



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Scotland suffers severe flooding following downpour

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Scotland suffers severe flooding following downpour

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Parts of Scotland, including, Aberdeenshire, Arbroath, Tayside, and Grampian have experienced severe flooding following heavy rains.

Map of the damage caused by a 2007 flood.

Abroath is being described as virtually cut off, with major routes including the main railway line to Aberdeen disrupted.

A spokesperson for Aberdeenshire council was quoted as saying that “our crews have been working throughout the night providing support to the emergency services, keeping roads clear as best they can and helping with the evacuation of residents.

“The torrential rainfall across a large part of Aberdeenshire has meant that our crews have been stretched very thinly but they have been committed to helping wherever possible.

“Our resources were stretched to the limit. We’d already given out most of our sandbags. Anyone experiencing flood-related difficulties can phone 01224 665400 and we will offer advice, support and assistance.”

Superintendent Innes Walker of Grampian Police said that “people should not take journeys unless absolutely necessary and they should listen to the radio for updates on road conditions.

“The advice we are getting from the Met Office is that conditions improved overnight but clearly there will be a knock on effect for commuters.

“Grampian Police are working with the local authority, Scottish Ambulance Service, Grampian Fire and Rescue and the Coastguard to alleviate the problems and minimise the effects of this flooding on affected people.”

Flood helpline for Aberdeenshire – 01224 665400 Scottish Environment Agency Floodline – 0845 988 1188



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Scientology website hacked

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Scientology website hacked

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The Church of Scientology’s European website was hacked and defaced earlier today by hackers claiming to be members of Anonymous. Anonymous proponents previously hacked Scientology’s main website, www.scientology.org. The group also protested the church in February 2008.

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Another website run by the church, freedom-belgium.org, was also hacked and defaced. The hacked websites contain content taken from .whyaretheydead.info, a website critical of Scientology which lists members of the Church who are alleged to have died while in its care. Anonymous has stated that whyaretheydead.info was not involved in the hacking, but the hackers merely used content from their website.

This is not the first time hackers have defaced Scientology websites. In January 2008, ‘Anonymous’ hacked the Church’s international website by using a denial-of-service attack. The attack caused the website to be inaccessible for nearly 24 hours.



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Scientists: Snow on Mt. Kilimanjaro to melt in twenty years

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Scientists: Snow on Mt. Kilimanjaro to melt in twenty years

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Kibo summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Scientists at the Ohio University predicted that the ice sheets of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain peak, will melt in the next twenty years due to global warming.

The ice that was present in 1912 gradually decreased by 85% by 2000, and by 2007 another 26% of the amount in 2000. This was the first time that the volume of the ice in Kilimanjaro was measured. The tests were conducted by Lonnie Thompson, a professor at Ohio University.

“The fact that so many glaciers throughout the tropics and subtropics are showing similar responses suggests an underlying common cause,” Thompson said.

Change in cloudiness and weather could have also been factors in the retreat of the ice, especially in recent decades, scientists said. These findings were first published in the journal proceedings of United States National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on Monday.



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Man killed over Halloween hat in London, England

Man killed over Halloween hat in London, England

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Gardner, 30, was celebrating Halloween when he was attacked

A man was beaten to death in London after he attempted to retrieve a Halloween hat that had been stolen from his girlfriend. Ben Gardner was on a night out with his girlfriend to celebrate Halloween when his girlfriend’s witch’s hat was stolen and spat in by a gang of people.

When Gardner tried to get the hat back he was repeatedly punched and kicked by a group of people who appeared to be both men and women. The attack happened at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. His girlfriend was also punched during the attack.

Gardner died in hospital on Sunday evening after the attack in Sutton, in the south of London. Detective Inspector Bob Campany released a statement saying “This appears to be a violent unprovoked attack on an innocent man who was out enjoying Halloween night with his girlfriend.”

Five men and two women are being questioned by police. Another man has been questioned but released with no further action being taken.



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Elderly man in Scotland dies after contracting H1N1 swine flu virus

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Elderly man in Scotland dies after contracting H1N1 swine flu virus

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An elderly man in Scotland has died after contacting the H1N1 virus, or swine flu. The Scottish Government made the confirmation of the information on Monday.

The victim is said to have been suffering from underlying health problems. He came from the NHS Fife area. With the death of this victim, the number of deaths that have occurred in Scotland from the virus has now reached 30.

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Health Secretary, made a statement about the incident, and encouraged eligible persons to receive antiviral vaccines. “My deepest sympathy goes to the patient’s loved ones at this sad time,” she said.

“H1N1 can be devastating in a small number of cases but fortunately the vast majority of people only suffer fairly mild symptoms and make a full recovery. However, we must all remain vigilant and I would underline the importance of maintaining hygiene standards and urgently seeking medical advice if you believe you are at greater risk of influenza complications.”



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Automobile manufacturer Ford posts unexpected profits

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Automobile manufacturer Ford posts unexpected profits

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Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford

The US automobile manufacturer Ford has said that it posted a net profit of US$997 million in the third quarter of this year, and predicted that it would be “solidly profitable” by 2011. The reports surprised most analysts, who had forecast that the auto company would lose money.

Ford’s profits equate to 26 cents per share, a large difference to the 12 cent per share lost that had been anticipated by most economic analysts.

“Our third-quarter results clearly show Ford is making tremendous progress despite the prolonged economic slump,” said the firm’s chief executive officer, Alan Mulally. “While we still face a challenging road ahead, our transformation is working and our underlying business continues to grow stronger.”

Mulally predicted that his company would meet or even surpass all of its financial targets, and suggested that the fourth quarter of this year could see it post an operating profit.



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