INDIA: A man had a horrific tale to narrate when he was caught by villagers with a kidnapped child, 12, in the Indian town of Meerut.
He told the authorities that he would kidnap children from their homes and sell them off to passengers on trains. The ones he could not trade, he would roast them and eat their flesh, reports news agency ANI.
Recently, villagers in the Meerut district had complained that a few children were missing and they could not be traced.
Authorities are investigating if the man's claims are true.
Desperate measures: Women chop off locks to pay bills
BRITAIN: Women in Britian are now chopping their own hair to make ends meet. UK daily Mirror says that craze for long hair fulled by celebrities like Britney Spears and Amy Winehouse has led to escalating prices for human hair.
Some dealers for the wig industry are paying as much as £150 a time for 20-inch plaits of human hair.
Most wigs in Britian were made out of hair imported from India and elsewehere. But in the last one year, British women have taken to chopping off their locks to earn some money in a rapidly deteriorating economic situation. Now, Britain has enough homegrown hair for its wig industry.
A lot of desperate mothers are selling off their hair during these tough times.
A single mohter of two told the daily that she sold 14 inches of her hair for £70, which helped her buy music books for her children. Another woman who was recently made redundant sold 19 inches of her brunette hair for 60 bucks to pay her bills.
11 men lure teenagers with food and drugs and rape them for years
BRITIAN: A group of young girls who came from broke homes were given a cocktail of drugs and drinks and raped by 11 men and raped and asssaulted repeatedly for two years.
Some of the girls were as young as 13, reveals Daily Mail.
A court charged the men for sex offences against children, including rape, trafficking, sexual assault and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child.
While one of the girls allegedly got pregnant and had to get the baby aborted, another victim claimed that three men raped her even as she was sick and throwing up on the side of the bed.
The men knew each other from a kebab takeway and a cab service. Some of the men involved were jobless.
The school girls, aged between 13 and 16, did not attend school regularly and simply used to hang around town, the prosecutor told the court, according to the daily. They were lured with the promise of food, alcohol and money, which led to the start of the abusive relationship that continued for almost two years.
Some of the girls were raped , while others were forced to have sex with ‘several men in a day, several times a week’.
All 11 accused have denied charges.
Boy sleeps through theft of dad's running car
NEW YORK: Police in upstate New York say a 6-year-old boy snoozing in his father's car never woke up while the vehicle was being stolen after it was left running outside a store.
Officers tell Rochester media outlets that a 26-year-old man from Irondequoit left his car running while he went inside a convenience store to get a drink late Saturday night.
While inside the store, someone jumped into the car and drove off with the boy asleep in the car.
Police say the car was found abandoned within 30 minutes. Officials say the boy wasn't harmed and had slept through the entire ordeal.
Police charged the boy's father with endangering the welfare of a child.
The car thief hasn't been found.
Scientists regenerate a plant - 30,000 years later
WASHINGTON - Fruit seeds stored away by squirrels more than 30,000 years ago and found in Siberian permafrost have been regenerated into full flowering plants by scientists in Russia, a new study has revealed.
The seeds of the herbaceous Silene stenophylla plant, whose age was confirmed by radiocarbon dating at 31,800 years old, are far and away the most ancient plant material to have been brought back to life, said lead researchers Svetlana Yashina and David Gilichinsky of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The previous record for viable regeneration of ancient flora was with 2,000-year-old date palm seeds near the Dead Sea in Israel.
The latest findings could be a landmark in research of ancient biological material, and highlight the importance of permafrost in the "search of an ancient genetic pool, that of preexisting life, which hypothetically has long since vanished from the earth's surface," they wrote.
The study, to appear in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, described the discovery of 70 squirrel hibernation burrows along the bank of the lower Kolyma river, in Russia's northeast Siberia, and bearing thousands of seed samples from various plants.
"All burrows were found at depths of 20-40 meters (65 to 130 feet) from the present day surface and located in layers containing bones of large mammals such as mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, bison, horse, deer, and other representatives of fauna" from the Late Pleistocene Age.
Scientists were able to grow new specimens from such old plant material in large part because the burrows were quickly covered with ice, and then remained "continuously frozen and never thawed," in effect preventing any permafrost degradation.
In their lab near Moscow, the scientists sought to grow plants from mature S. Stenophylla seeds, but when that failed, they turned to elements of the plants' fruit, which they described as "placental tissue," to successfully grow regenerated whole plants.