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Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'

Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'

By Victoria Gill Science correspondent, BBC News 15 January 2018 Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The bite of rat-borne fleas infected with the bubonic plague has been blamed for disease transmission during the medieval pandemic Rats were not to...
Iran pro-govt rallies amid death penalty warning

Iran pro-govt rallies amid death penalty warning

Thousands of pro-government demonstrators have taken to the streets in cities across Iran after a week of anti-regime unrest over the country’s economy. Iranian media reported the rallies, which are thought to be an attempt to calm nerves following a week of...
Tiananmen Square protest death toll 'was 10,000'

Tiananmen Square protest death toll 'was 10,000'

Tiananmen Square protest death toll ‘was 10,000’ 23 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A burning armoured personnel carrier (APC) on 4 June 1989, near Tiananmen Square The Chinese army crackdown on the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests...
Six given death penalty for India lynching

Six given death penalty for India lynching

India Tamil Nadu: Six face death penalty for Dalit murder 12 December 2017 Image caption CCTV footage broadcast on Indian television channels showed the couple walking on a busy street when they were attacked Six people have been sentenced to death for the murder of a...

Eight held over Malta journalist's car blast death

Eight people have been arrested in Malta over the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, after her car exploded. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced the arrests in a case that made world-wide headlines. All of the suspects are Maltese nationals and the prime...
Imam recalls mosque attack as death toll rises

Imam recalls mosque attack as death toll rises

The imam at the mosque in Egypt where more than 300 people were killed has recounted the moment the gunmen stormed the building, saying they were “shooting anyone who was breathing”. Imam Mohamed Abdelfatah was about to deliver his Friday sermon at the al...

Elephant tramples safari tourists to death

Two tourists have been trampled to death by an elephant after they got too close to the animal while taking pictures. Police in Zambia said the holidaymakers were killed on Saturday while on safari. “A lady from Belgium aged 57 and a 64-year-old man from the...
'Black Widow' gets death for cyanide murders

'Black Widow' gets death for cyanide murders

A former millionairess known as Japan’s “Black Widow” has been sentenced to death by hanging. Chisako Kakehi, 70, made her elderly lovers drink cyanide before claiming millions of pounds from their life insurance policies and inheritance. She was...
China anger after doctor sued over smoker's death

China anger after doctor sued over smoker's death

China anger after doctor sued over smoker’s death By Kerry Allen BBC Monitoring 6 November 2017 From the section China Image copyright BEIJING NEWS Image caption Dr Yang (R) has been fined for his alleged role in Mr Feng’s (L) death after telling him not...
Briton faces death penalty over painkillers

Briton faces death penalty over painkillers

A British woman detained after flying into Egypt with painkillers for her husband’s bad back has been told she could face the death penalty for drug trafficking. Laura Plummer was arrested on 9 October after the authorities found she was carrying prescription...

Medium steamed to death as wok ritual goes wrong

A Malaysian Taoist medium has died after a “human steaming” ritual went wrong as he sat on top of a bubbling wok and was covered with a giant metal lid. Lim Ba, 68, suffered a heart attack and burns during the elaborate ceremony performed during the Nine Emperor Gods...
Thai king set for five-day funeral year after death

Thai king set for five-day funeral year after death

Thailand is preparing to bid farewell to the country’s revered former ruler, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, more than a year after he died. About a quarter of a million people are expected to attend the elaborate five-day funeral in Bangkok, which begins on Wednesday....
Mogadishu truck bombing death toll jumps to 358

Mogadishu truck bombing death toll jumps to 358

Mogadishu truck bombing death toll jumps to 358 20 October 2017 From the section Africa Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBulldozers clear the site of the Mogadishu truck bomb The death toll from last Saturday’s huge truck bombing in the...
Notorious UK jihadist ended up in IS death camp

Notorious UK jihadist ended up in IS death camp

He was one of four jihadists that the UK placed on a UN sanctions list, now the only trace of Abu Sa’eed al Britani is his name on a prison wall in an Islamic State death camp. It is evidence he fell-foul of the violent group he once glorified. Born in High...
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