Saudi Arabia’s feared religious police arrested a Filipina nurse for offering sex for money with the help of her husband, a newspaper said on Saturday.
Acting on a tip-off, members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice phoned the nurse at a hospital in Riyadh and posed as customers seeking to buy liquor and have sex.
“The nurse came to the agreed place on time…when she gave Commission members the alcoholic drinks and offered her body, they arrested her,” the Arabic language daily Alsaudi said.
It said the nurse came with a man, who turned out later to be her husband. Both were arrested and referred to the prosecutor.
8-yr old bought for Dh400
An eight-year-old girl allegedly bought from West Bengal (India) for Dh420.
She was employed as domestic help but was rescued on Friday afternoon by team of Childline, an NGO, along with two constables.
Cops said they were still talking to the victim and interrogating the couple and were yet to register an offence.
According to the Childline activist, the girl was bought by the couple last year when she was seven.
The couple told police that the girl's mother had passed away when she was six and hence her father wanted to give the girl in adoption.
Her father is a migrant labourer, reports Times of India.
Since the girl can only speak Bengali, police and activists are not able to communicate properly with her. Childline activist said she seemed scared and shocked and not in condition to tell anything.
She understands a bit of Hindi as she spoke a few words with a female constable.
Man bites off cop’s finger
A man barged into the police station in Kochi, Kerala (India) on Friday, picked up a quarrel with senior cop and bit-off the index finger of his left hand.
On seeing this, an additional sub-inspector tried to rescue the senior cop.
But the accused, Rasheed (49), pounced on him and broke his nose.
The rest of the cops at the station overpowered Rasheed and took him into custody. The injured cops were taken to government general hospital,. reports an Indian daily.
Cops said Rasheed was a frequent trouble maker in the area and there were criminal cases pending against him. He has been remanded in judicial custody.
Online dating sites for dogs
Online 'dating' websites now exist for dogs.
New sites such as MatchPuppy.com - whose tagline is "It's a dog meet dog world!" - allow owners to create social media profiles for their pets and find matches for them.
The Huffington Post also reports an increasing trend of people creating profiles on other social networking websites for their pets, including Facebook and Twitter.
"We buy high-end purses such as the JCLA Boutique's Rescue Me Totes for our dogs to reside in while driving around town," writes online dating and cyber-relations expert Julie Spira.
"We schedule neighbourhood dog walks, and dress our pets in outfits and booties worth being viewed on Rodeo Drive.
"Shouldn't our devoted four-legged friends have an opportunity to find love online?"
Tranquilised bear falls from tree
A black bear that clambered up a tree at a US university has been returned to the wild after an extraordinary rescue operation.
The huge 200lb beast had been lolloping around a University of Colorado campus at Boulder for the best part of a day before climbing the tree.
As students crowded round to watch, wildlife officers tranquilised the bear with two darts, reports the Denver Post.
After a few moments, the dozy creature fell 15ft to the ground - landing safely on a crash mat which had been position below.
The university police department said officers chose to sedate the animal because of how close he was to students.
A spokesman said: "He was just resting up in the tree probably for a good two hours."
The bear was later tagged and released in the mountains west of Boulder.
Eagle tries to snatch woman's dog
Suzanne Dodd was walking with her two dogs last Saturday afternoon when the raptor swooped in, but she managed to fight off the bird of prey.
The eagle had a strap on it and "did not appear afraid of people", 43-year-old Dodd told news reporters.
The raptor landed on one of Dodd's Jack Russell Terriers and started to pull the small dog by the head.
After the attack, Dodd put leashes on her dogs and tried to quickly get out of the area.
The eagle caught up to her as she was going downhill and swooped in about 20 times until she managed to chase it away.
Dodd reported the incident to the National Police since it occurred on a hiking trail and she wanted to make sure that other people were aware of the danger.
Artist banned from strangling puppies
The performance, entitled "Death as Metamorphosis," was to take place next week in a small theatre in the Spandau district of Berlin. Accompanied by funeral music and a gong, the artist was going to strangle two puppies with cable ties after a brief meditation.
According to a report in the Berliner Morgenpost newspaper, the provocative piece was meant to highlight the plight of sled dogs in Alaska and hunting dogs in Spain, which are said to be killed in the same way once they can no longer work.
The artist's planned performance was influenced by "traditional Thai art forms," the Express newspaper reported.
The Berlin administrative court stopped the show from going ahead on Friday, saying that animal protection laws forbid an animal from being harmed in any way in a show. The artist had argued that Germany's constitution "unconditionally guarantees artistic freedom."
The report appeared in the same week as a controversial project by two art students at Berlin's University of the Arts (UdK). Students Iman Rezai and Rouven Materne are threatening to guillotine a sheep on camera, depending on the results of an online vote.
The experiment is meant to stimulate debate on humanity and democracy. Materne said the guillotine was chosen because "it represents a society that wants to give its cruelties the appearance of humanity."
According to a report in Berlin's Tagesspiegel newspaper, the website registered 190,000 "No" votes and 120,000 "Yes" votes in six days.
"The anonymity of the internet lures the perversity out of some people," the 23-year-old explained. The artists are planning to ignore the protests and reveal the results of the vote in an exhibition in mid-May.