INDIA: In a shocking case, a 16-year-old was allegedly raped by a group of classmates. The boys had accompanied the girl to the pilgrimage twon of Rishikesh, where the incident took place, reports news agency Press Trust of India.
The girl's parents were informed about the incident. All the boys who committed the crime were known to the girl and studied with her in the same school.
The police is investigating if the boys had forced the girl to accompany them to another town.
Girl gobbles 4,000 sponges with sauce
BRITAIN: A 21-year-old girl who is a dental nurse by profession sufferes from a rare disorder. She loves eating washing-up sponges and so far gobbled 4,000 of them.
The girl loves to spice the sponges up with BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard, jam and honey, reports The Sun. She even dips her bizarre snack item into regular beverages like hot chocolate or tea like one does with biscuits.
Pica, the rare disorder, causes patients to crave for non-food objects. Those who suffer eat anything from metal, coal, sand, chalk, lightbulbs to furniture.
Kerry Trebilcock also eats soaps. However, she only sticks to organic varieties and she likes them in lime flavour.
Kerry was quoted by the UK daily as saying: "I have been very particular about the type of sponges and soaps I'd eat and how I'd prepare them.
"If I went out for the day I'd carry a small plastic bag of cut-up pieces of sponge with some tomato and BBQ sauce in Tupperware. I was never without a 'snack'."
Life is not easy for pics sufferers. Kerry weighs only 8 stones and she has to endure terrible stomach cramps, constipation and diarrhoea quite often.
Couple kill woman, dissect corpse
NEW DELHI: A couple who rented out their flat in the Indian capital from an elderly woman strangled the latter to death. The 60-year-old woman allegedly used abusive language which angered the tenants, reports The Times of India.
The couple tried to hide their misdeed and chopped the woman's dead body into tiny pieces, put it in a gunny bag and disposed of the remains in an open field.
The woman was found missing for a week, when her dismembered pieces were discovered.
The incident occurred when the lady started hurling abuses at the young couple in front of their newborn baby. The man could not take it any more and he strangled her at her house and the couple left her home. They went back to the scene of the crime a week later in order to dispose the body.
Boys, 12 and 14 admit committing sexual attacks
PERTH: Two young admitted to carrying out a string of sexual attacks against women. The boys are aged 12 and 14 and they carried out a two-day rampage in Perth's southern suburbs, reports Asutralian daily Perth Now.
The duo pleaded guilty to six counts of indecently touching a number of women in their private areas last year. The teenagers attacked women aged 16-year-old to 42-year-old. The offenders were also guilty of stealing a motor scooter around the same time last year.
Man waiting for son shot six times
SINGAPORE: A middle-aged man who was waiting to pick up his son from school was shot at six times by unknown men on bikes.
The 35-year old father received two gunshot injuries and managed to drive off but first rammed into a lamp post and then into another car, reports Asia One.
He was taken to a hospital and operated upon. The police are yet to find out the motive behind the attack.
Remains of few 9/11 victims went to landfill
US: The Pentagon revealed on Wednesday that partial, incinerated remains of some September 11 victims that could not be identified were sent to a landfill.
The number of victims involved was unclear according to a Pentagon report, but it involved some of those killed when a terrorist-hijacked airplane struck the Pentagon, killing 184, and another crashed in a field in Pennsylvania, killing 40, in the September 11, 2001, attacks against the US.
The Pentagon released the report by an independent committee that was asked to examine practices at the military's mortuary at Dover, Delaware, the first stopping point for fallen troops coming home from war overseas.
We don't think it should have happened," the committee chairman, retired Gen John Abizaid, told a Pentagon news conference.
The panel was formed after an investigation revealed last November that there was "gross mismanagement" at the Dover facility and body parts had been lost on two occasions.
After that investigation, news reports said that some cremated partial remains of at least 274 American war dead were dumped in a Virginia landfill until a policy change halted the practice in 2008.
The report was explaining the old policy, and said, "This policy began shortly after September 11, 2001, when several portions of remains from the Pentagon attack and the ... crash site could not be tested or identified."
It said the partial remains were cremated, then given to a biomedical waste disposal contractor who incinerated them and took them to a landfill.