Man kills maid for beating his children
KUWAIT: A Kuwaiti man murdered his Ethiopian housemaid and buried her body in the desert after finding out she had regularly beaten up his children.
Police summoned the 33-year-man after finding the body to ask him why he did not report her absence for nearly 10 days.
“There was a big surprise during the interrogation…the man confessed to killing the maid by clubbing her on the head,” 'Alanba' daily said.
“He told police that he did not mean to kill her but hit her with a tool on the head after catching her beating up his children….he said he had warned her many times against beating them.”
Cat inherits £10m empire after owner dies
ITALY: A lucky feline in Italy has inherited £10 million to become only the third richest pet in the world. A man, 94, died, leaving all her assets for the pet, reports Daily Mail.
Tommasino was a stray cat was looked after by the old lady. However, according to Italian law, the money cannot go directly to the cat.
The will, hence also asks for the money to be donated to an animal association that would be worthy of receiving such huge amounts.
Inmate tries to sever guard’s head at asylum
SAUDI ARABIA: A killer admitted to a psychiatry hospital in Saudi Arabia for possible mental problems after cutting off his brother’s head a few years ago tried to do the same to his guard after persuading him he is haunted and that he can treat him.
The 40-year-old Saudi prisoner at the asylum in the western town of Taif told the guard, in his 20s, that he could be gripped by jinn (ghosts) and that he can treat him given his long experience in exorcism.
After accepting the prisoner’s offer, the Saudi guard gave him the requested knife, opened his cell and handed himself over to the killer.
“He asked him to close his eyes and relax….he then brought the knife on the guard’s neck and tried to sever his head,” Sabq newspaper said.
“The guard was saved by the other guards in the last minute…he was rushed to hospital in serious condition after his throat and some veins were cut off.”
15-year-old boy kills man for shooting at family
KUWAIT: A 15-year-old Kuwait boy stabbed to death a man from another Gulf country for opening fire at his family during a fight, press reports said on Sunday.
The boy was returning home when he saw the 35-year-old Gulf man using his machine gun to shoot at his family.
“He rushed towards him and stabbed him three times….the man died in hospital later and the boy told police he did not mean to kill him,” 'Al Watan' daily said.
Sheep gives birth to human-faced lamb
TURKEY: A sheep gave birth to a dead lamb with a human-like face. The calf was born in a village not far from the city of Izmir, Turkey.
Erhan Elibol, a vet, performed Cesarean section on the animal to take the lamb out, but was horrified to see that the features of the lamb's snout bore a striking resemblance to a human face.
“I’ve seen mutations with cows and sheep before. I’ve seen a one-eyed calf, a two-headed calf, a five-legged calf. But when I saw this youngster I could not believe my eyes. His mother could not deliver him so I had to help the animal,” the 29-year-old veterinary said.
The lamb’s head had human features on – the eyes, the nose and the mouth – only the ears were those of a sheep.
Veterinarians said that the rare mutation most likely occurred as a result of improper nutrition since the fodder for the lamb’s mother was abundant with vitamin A, CNNTurk.com reports.
A goat from Zimbabwe gave birth to a similar youngster in September 2009. The mutant baby born with a human-like head stayed alive for several hours until the frightened village residents killed him.
The governor of the province where the ugly goat was born said that the little goat was the fruit of unnatural relationship between the female goat and a man.
"This incident is very shocking. It is my first time to see such an evil thing. It is really embarrassing," he reportedly said. "The head belongs to a man while the body is that of a goat. This is evident that an adult human being was responsible. Evil powers caused this person to lose self control. We often hear cases of human beings who commit bestiality but this is the first time for such an act to produce a product with human features," he added.
The mutant creature was hairless. Local residents said that even dogs were afraid to approach the bizarre animal.
The locals burnt the body of the little goat, and biologists had no chance to study the rare mutation.
American fallen troops' remains cremated with medical waste
US: It took Gari-Lynn Smith more than four years to learn what happened to the final remains of her husband, an Army sergeant killed in Iraq.
The New Jersey widow never thought that knowing would be worse than not, or that her search would lead to the bottom of a landfill.
"I was told no one wanted my husband, so he was cremated with the medical waste and thrown in the trash," Smith said in an interview with The Associated Press this week from her home.
Her quest to find the truth of what happened to her husband's remains led to an even more disturbing revelation this week as the Air Force acknowledged it had dumped cremated partial remains of at least 274 troops into a Virginia dump — far more than previously acknowledged.
Her story, first told by The Washington Post, along with information from multiple whistleblowers about other mistreatment of fallen soldiers' bodies became the catalyst for an investigation that found "gross mismanagement" at the Air Force's mortuary in Dover, Delaware — the first stop on American soil for fallen troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
It's where the body of Sgt. 1st Class Scott R. Smith, a bomb-disposal technician, was flown in July 2006. Smith was killed after he stepped on a pressure plate above a roadside bomb as he worked to clear the area. Several limbs and much of his torso were lost in the explosion, his wife said.
Initially led to believe her husband's entire body was returned, Gari-Lynn became suspicious after being told she shouldn't ask to see the body before the closed-casket funeral. Later, she ordered copies of the autopsy and learned there were additional remains located, leading to more questions.
This spring, after years of pestering Air Force officials, she received a letter from the Dover mortuary telling her some of her husband's body was incinerated and sent to a landfill. It closed: "I hope that this brings you some comfort in your time of loss."
The Air Force later confirmed that other soldiers' remains were incinerated and then handed over to a contractor who took them to the landfill in shipments of medical waste.
The Air Force said remains were shipped to the landfill only in cases in which the family had previously signed a form saying it didn't want to be contacted in the event more remains were found. Scott Smith's parents had signed the form in the days after his death. The forms allowed the Defense Department to "make appropriate disposition" of partial remains that may be discovered.
Gari-Lynn said she understood why his parents signed the form, but that it never specified that the remains would be thrown away.
"I just don't understand how they get 'appropriate' and 'landfill' in the same sentence," Gari-Lynn said. "I obviously was completely outraged, upset and hysterical."
Smith contacted Democratic Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey, and together they pressed for more information.
The practice, which Holt believes goes back to 1996, was stopped in 2008, and cremated remains from such troops are now given a burial at sea, the Air Force said.
The Air Force disciplined — but did not fire — three senior supervisors at Dover, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered a review of that decision.
"Nobody has ever apologized," Smith said. "I would like for them to sit across the table and look me in the eye and say that it was an appropriate disposition for my husband to be thrown in a garbage dump, mixed in with the rest of household garbage like last week's leftover meatloaf."
Holt said he was shocked at the military's response.
"They tried to minimize this and present it as a procedural error," Holt said. "I don't think they understand the degree of dishonesty, disrespect and insensitivity that's involved here."
Holt said the change of how remains are handled should be credited to the "persistence of Gari-Lynn."
Gary-Lynn said she owed it to the legacy of her husband — a man who helped stranded motorists in snowstorms and who wore a big, mischievous smile that "let us know that he knew something that the rest of us just didn't know or didn't get."
He was a kind man, she said, and a man who took on a job assignment that others would run away from because he understood the honor and importance in saving lives and honoring those lost.
"Scott would be completely disgusted," she said of the way the remains were handled. "If he were here, I believe he would be helping me in this fight."