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Husband slashes wife's ears, nose
MAHARASHTRA, INDIA: A retired soldier slashed the nose and ears of his wife as he suspected his spouse of committing adultery. The gruesome case of domestic violence spread shock among the people in the Indian state of Maharashtra, reports television channel NDTV.
The victim, a school teacher, was badly beaten up by him as well. She has been admitted in a hospital.
The husband has been arrested after a case was registered against him.
Police say the husband suspected the victim of adultery, and hence, resorted to 'drastic measures'.
Baby born in a hospital lift
LONDON: The couple dashed to hospital after the woman's water broke. Then came the mother-to-be's uplifting experience.
The fast-rising tot floored her shocked parents when she came along in the elevator at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Natalya emerged as Suzy Bunn, 29, was due to be induced because she was 11 days overdue, reports Daily Mail.
A midwife and a nurse were waiting inside with a wheelchair and as the expectant mother moved to get in it, the baby was born.
'The midwife managed to catch the baby just in time,' the mother told the daily.
Woman 'poses as man' to have sex with women
LONDON: A British woman has been accused of pretending to be a man to have sexual contact with two female partners over a period of about nine years.
Samantha Brooks, 26, posing as a man called Lee Brooks, is even alleged to have proposed to one woman, the Daily Mail reported.
This went on for eight years with one woman and then eight months with the other, it is claimed.
Brooks faces two charges of obtaining sexual contact by fraud, which are broken down into various subsections, the high court in Glasgow, Scotland heard Friday.
The offences involving the first woman are alleged to have happened on various occasions between Jan 1, 2001 and Dec 31, 2009 in Perthshire and London.
With the second they allegedly took place in Perthshire and London between Feb 1, 2010 and Sep 20, 2010.
Berlusconi's 'harem of women' outside Milan
MILAN: Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi reportedly maintained a harem of 14 glamorous young women in apartments in a gated complex outside Milan.
The women lived rent-free in the estate and were given large sums of cash by the billionaire Italian politician in return for sex, 'The Independent' reported, citing leaks from prosecutors in Milan.
Milano Due was one of the first gated housing estates in Italy, a sprawling complex of apartments set in landscaped gardens, built by Berlusconi himself in the 1970s when he was a thrusting young property developer.
With underground parking, a supermarket, bars and other facilities, it is one of the most fashionable addresses in the Milan hinterland. When Berlusconi moved into television he located the headquarters of Mediaset, his TV company, here.
But in his declining years, the estate has also become the headquarters of his harem, Italian daily 'Corriere della Sera' said, in yet another blow to the battered image of the Prime Minister as he prepares to defend himself against what could be the gravest crisis of his political career.
The existence of the flats was revealed by Karima El Mahroug, a teenage belly-dancer from Morocco who trades under the name of Ruby Rubacuori, "Ruby heart-stealer".
Prosecutors in Milan are demanding that he be put on trial immediately for having sex with an underage prostitute.
A court recently lifted partially Berlusconi's immunity from prosecution for trial on a charge of having sex with the dancer when she was 17. Sex with a prostitute under 18 is punishable by upto three years in jail in Italy.
Rare eels get celebrity chefs in hot water
LONDON: British TV chefs Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver both served endangered European eel at their restaurants while fronting high-profile campaigns to highlight declining fish stocks, according to British newspaper.
Ramsay, who slams the shark fin trade in an investigative TV documentary broadcast Sunday in the UK, had eel on the menu at his London restaurant Maze as well as at France's La Veranda, in Versailles, where he is a consultant.
Oliver, whose show on so-called sustainable seafood aired last week as part of UK network Channel 4’s “Big Fish Fight” series, sold endangered European eel at his London restaurant Fifteen.
European eel was listed as an endangered species in 2008 by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature after a 90 percent drop in its population over the previous 30 years.
Both chefs removed the eel from their restaurant menus after being contacted by the paper.
A spokesman for Oliver said that “eel has occasionally been on the menu at Fifteen London but will now come off the menu until we have done further research into the state of eel stocks.”
Ramsay’s spokeswoman said, “We will be reviewing our position and removing it from the menu for now.”
Corine Rozendaal, who runs the Dutch Eel Company - which is based in Lincolnshire, central England, and supplies both chefs - denied the eel was an endangered species and said the population decline had settled.
When told that the European eel was officially designated as critically endangered, she said, “But that’s Greenpeace for you.”
Greenpeace’s head ocean campaigner, Femke Nagel, said there was no such thing as “sustainable eel” because eel farming relied on sourcing the species from the wild.
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