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UK policeman convicted of murdering WPC fiancée who died after staged car crash

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UK policeman convicted of murdering WPC fiancée who died after staged car crash

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A policeman from the United Kingdom pleaded guilty to the murder of his fiancée, a female police constable. PC Martin Forshaw, 27, used a steel hammer to bludgeon WPC Claire Howarth, 31, before placing her in her car and staging an accident.

Forshaw’s intent had been to convince police that Howarth had died behind the wheel, but officers became suspicious when they found her injuries were severe while the car was virtually undamaged. The trial had been due to start today before Manchester Crown Court but Forshaw confessed to the crime beforehand.

The couple met in 2006 and the next year became engaged in Mexico. They were due to fly to St Lucia on the day of the killing but Forshaw had other plans; he, his lover, and their child were booked on a trip to Disneyland in Paris. An argument broke out and Forshaw used a large steel hammer to hit her, in the same room as her dress and packed suitcases.

He then drove to an isolated patch of moorland, placed her in the driver’s seat and executed a crash into a hedge at 50–60 mph. He then dialed 999 and said he had been in a high speed accident. Howarth was found unconscious; she died later that day in a hospital in Bolton.

“It was such a poor attempt to make it look like a crash that both the police and the ambulance service were immediately suspicious, and the severity of Claire’s head injuries meant they could not have been caused by such a minor crash,” said lead investigator Andy Tattersall of Greater Manchester Police. “That caused us to question Forshaw’s account and led us to unravelling this tragic sequence of events.”

Forshaw was sentenced to life imprisonment, of which he will serve a minimum of eighteen years.



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Ritual sacrifice in Nepal sees 320,000 animals slaughtered to Hindu goddess

Ritual sacrifice in Nepal sees 320,000 animals slaughtered to Hindu goddess

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Approximately 81% of Nepal practices Hinduism.

In a tribute to Gadhimai, a Hindu goddess of power, a Nepalese festival began today with the mass sacrifice of 20,000 buffalo in the village of Bariyapur. Shortly after, 300,000 birds, sheep and goats were similarly ritually slaughtered.

It is estimated as many as 750,000 people travelled from India, which recently banned similar mass-sacrifices, to make up the majority of the festival’s estimated one million attendees. Member of Parliament Shiv Chandra Kushwaha skipped Tuesday’s legislative meeting, saying that the festival had more importance as a religious celebration.

Although animal rights groups have condemned the ceremony as cruel, the Nepalese government has ignored requests to cancel the festival, held once every five years. Last year, the government banned a similar slaughter during the festival of Yanya Punhi, and was greeted with angry protests.

The meat is taken to local villages, who host large feasts for those in attendance, as it is believed to ward off evil.



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Reverend Billy Joe Daugherty dies at the age of 57

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Reverend Billy Joe Daugherty dies at the age of 57

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Founder of the Victory Christian Centre, Billy Joe Daugherty died aged 57 on Sunday 4:40 am. This followed a short battle with lymphoma. The death was announced by church officials during morning services that day.

Adam Sanders, Daugherty’s son-in-law spoke about his final hours during the morning services saying, “We don’t sorrow as the world sorrows, as one without hope […] We celebrate his life, but at the same time there is sorrow, there is grieving”. His other son-in-law, Caleb Wehrli, spoke emotionally about how the family worshipped up until the end.

The Victory Christian Centre is one of the largest churches in Oklahoma with around seventeen thousand members.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma Daugherty also founded the Christian Centre in Tulsa and the Victory Bible Institute. His work included involvement with a missionary training centre which has sent over one thousand missionaries to several countries around the world. Author, with his wife, of several books he also appeared in his own TV show, Victory in Jesus.

Daugherty made national news in 2005 when punched at an altar call. The attack required two stitches, but Daugherty chose not to press charges despite visiting his assailant in jail where the inmate showed no remorse; Daugherty penned a book about this incident in his life.

The memorial service is planned for the 30th of this month.



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Man misdiagnosed as being in coma for 23 years

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Man misdiagnosed as being in coma for 23 years

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A Belgian man who was thought to have been in a coma for 23 years was in fact conscious yet paralyzed the whole time, as was discovered in 2006. Doctors diagnosed Rom Houben, now 46, as being in an irretrievable coma after a car crash in 1983.

It was only after his family’s insistence that he be given another PET scan that doctors realised he had been conscious yet unable to move or talk ever since the accident. Doctors and his family slowly taught him to communicate using tiny movements of his feet and eventually through a specially designed keyboard.

Houben used the keyboard to tell a German newspaper that he ‘screamed, but there was nothing to hear’ and that when the truth was discovered it was like ‘being born again’.

Despite discovering his consciousness in 2006, Houben’s case only came to light recently after a study published in the journal BMC Neurology about coma patients used his case as an example. The study, by Professor Steven Laureys of Belgium’s Coma Science Group, suggested that up to four in ten so called ‘vegetative state’ coma patients may, in fact, be misdiagnosed.



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Four US, eight Afghan troops killed in Afghanistan after attacks

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Four US, eight Afghan troops killed in Afghanistan after attacks

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International security forces in Afghanistan stated today that recent attacks in the country’s south and east have killed four US and eight Afghan soldiers.

A NATO statement said that a bomb killed one US soldier in eastern Afghanistan today; yesterday, three US troops died in gun and bomb attacks in the southern part of the country.

“Four ISAF [International Security Force] service members died in the last 24 hours in Afghanistan,” read the statement.

Afghan officials say a roadside bomb in Helmand province killed three Afghan soldiers and wounded another two others on Sunday. Earlier in the day, a border security commander said a roadside bomb in Kandahar province killed five Afghan soldiers.

The number of foreign troops killed in Afghanistan in 2009 has now risen to 481 with these deaths; this according to a tally by the Agence France-Presse news agency.



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Benet Academy, Illinois students support classmate with leukemia

Benet Academy, Illinois students support classmate with leukemia

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Students at Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois, United States, have raised money and offered support for Jenna McKeown, a classmate who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

Miss McKeown, a 17-year-old senior from , was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia on October 28 after she went to the doctor’s office with a sore throat and extreme fatigue. She has just finished her first ten-day round of induction chemotherapy at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.

News of the diagnosis spread quickly among the student body with the help of social networking sites such as Facebook. Students formed an online support group and set up a Mass to be held the next morning at 7:15 am in the school’s chapel. Students, teachers, and parents attended the service.

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—Michael Macaluso, teacher

Within twelve hours of diagnosis, friends made plans to supply enough meals to the McKeown family for the next three months. One thousand orange lapel ribbons were made the following weekend and passed out to students to wear the Monday following Miss McKeown’s diagnosis. One senior pupil filmed a video of messages from teachers and students, and several students shaved their heads to show support for their classmate. Kyle Marinko, President of Student Government, announced that orange Livestrong-type gel bracelets are to be sold during the school’s annual Christmas Drive fundraiser. “These activities are to show support and solidarity for Jenna through our thoughts and prayers,” said Michael Macaluso, an English teacher and moderator of Student Government.

Miss McKeown’s illness is an aggressive, yet curable, form of leukemia; she needs to have two more rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in January. Despite this, she remains positive, adopting the slogan “Be positive!” when it coincidentally matched her blood type, B+. In an effort to replenish the supplies needed for this treatment and support other patients in need of transplants, friends and family will staff a blood drive and register people for the National Marrow Donor Program tomorrow at Benet Academy.



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