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02 June 2023

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20 girl children pregnant every day

Twenty underage girls fall pregnant every day in the UK - with some as young as 10, claimed the News of the World tabloid, quoting shocking new figures.

In just one year, three girls aged 10, five aged 11; 10 aged 12 and 308 aged 13 became pregnant.

There were also 1,708 girls aged 14 and 5,551 aged 15, the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics reveal.

Most of these schoolgirl pregnancies ended in abortions.

Last month, April Webster and Nathan Fishbourne, both 14, became Britain's youngest parents in Caerphilly, Wales.

999 crews as they take 800 calls an hour

Britain's emergency services struggled to cope with a record number of calls as revellers saw in the New Year, according to The Daily Mail.

It was the busiest ever night for London ambulance crews, with staff taking an average 11 calls a minute in the early hours.

By 4am, operators had answered 2,639 emergency calls, mostly drink-related.

New Year's Eve was the busiest ever night for London ambulance crews, with staff taking an average 11 calls a minute in the early hours.

At the busiest point, 800 emergency calls were received an hour - an increase of 400 per cent on an average night.

Viking wolves return for first solar eclipse of 2011


Two beasts of Norse mythology are set to trouble the skies of northern Europe on Tuesday for the world's first solar eclipse of 2011.

Ancient Viking legends recount that a giant wolf named Skoll chases the Moon, and its brother Hati pursues the Sun - and if either sinks their teeth into one and holds it back, an eclipse occurs.

For astronomers, though, eclipses are less superstitious affairs, occurring when the Moon swings between the Sun and Earth.

Tuesday's event will be a partial eclipse. This occurs when a fraction of the Moon obscures the Sun, and to those in its shadow a "bite" seems to have been taken out of the solar face.

NASA's veteran eclipse specialist Fred Espenak says that, weather permitting, Western Europe will get a grandstand view at sunrise.

The lunar shadow will fall in the Algerian Sahara at 0640 GMT before flitting northeastwards. In London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and Berlin, between two-thirds and three-quarters of the Sun will be darkened at the eclipse's peak.

Scandinavia will be most favoured, especially in northern Sweden where, at 0850 GMT, four-fifths of the Sun will be obscured.

In the Middle East, the Sun will be almost half-obscured when seen from Beirut, Jerusalem and Amman, but more than 60 per cent from towns in Turkey.

It wasn't me in sex video, says Indian actress


Indian Tamil actress Ranjitha yesterday denied that she was the woman in a sex romp video involving self-styled godman Nityananda Swami.

"I am not the woman in the video," said Ranjitha at a press meet here in her first public appearance after the sex scandal surfaced in March.

Ranjitha at the press in Bangalore yesterday, a day after filing a complaint against Lennin Karuppan, the former Nityananda driver who reportedly taped the sex romp.

"What has happened in the last few months has been fabricated," said Ranjitha, who on Thursday lodged a case against Lenin Karuppan, the former driver of Nityananda who taped the sex act and released the video clippings.

She said she had no knowledge of sexual exploitation by the swami.

"I am a devotee of Nityananda and will remain so," said Ranjitha, adding that the media had hounded and maligned her just because she was a public personality.

She denied having absconded after the video was telecast on TV. "I was scared. I was threatened. I left for the US on March 3 and returned on June 14," Ranjitha said.