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  • Egypt Coptic church blast 'kills at least 13' in Nile Delta

    At least 13 people have been killed in an explosion at a church in northern Egypt, state media say.

    The blast targeted the St George Coptic church in the city of Tanta, north of Cairo.

    A number of television channels said at least 40 people had been injured in the Palm Sunday attack.

    The cause of the explosion is not yet known but Egypt's Christian minority has often been targeted by Islamist militants in recent years.

    In December last year, 25 people died when a bomb exploded at a Coptic cathedral in Cairo during a service.

    The explosion occurred as Coptic Christians were celebrating Palm Sunday, one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar, marking the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

    Source: BBC

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  • Cameroonian player fired by football club for being HIV positive

    Cameroonian player Samuel Nlend has been sacked by Egyptian Premier League club, Al Ittihad after testing positive for HIV.

    The 21-year-old was fired just four days after signing a three year contract. His contract was terminated by his new club after he tested positive.

    On Twitter the Egyptian news outlet  KingFut.com reported that a media representative of the club confirmed the news to the press.

    Source: CCTV

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  • Lightning strike kills 323 reindeer in Norway

    A lightning strike in Norway has killed more than 300 reindeer, according to reports from local media. A spokesman for the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate (NNI) told NTB, the Norwegian News Agency, that 323 reindeer were found dead on Friday in an area near Hardangervidda, in the southern part of the country. In a press release published Sunday, the Norwegian Environment Agency said that 70 of the dead reindeer were calves. Officials believe that the animals were killed by lightning during a heavy thunderstorm, marking what could be the deadliest lightning strike in history.

    "We’ve heard about animals being struck by lightning and killed, but I don’t remember hearing about lightning killing animals on this scale before," NNI spokesman Knut Nylend tells NTB. "We don’t know if it was one or more lighting strike; that would only be speculation."

    Nylend discovered the animals in a remote part of a private hunting area, and NIN employees have been dispatched to the region to take samples from the reindeer. Hardangervidda national park is home to an estimated 10,000 wild reindeer that migrate across the region every year. Nylend speculates that the reindeer may have been killed because they are often close to one another, and "they may have gathered even closer together out of fear" during the thunderstorm.

    As BNO News notes, the deadliest lightning strike involving livestock occurred in 2005, when 68 cows were killed in Australia, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The deadliest incident involving humans occurred in 1971, according to Guinness, when a lightning strike caused a Peruvian airline to crash into the Amazon, killing 91 people. The Guinness Book of World Records does not appear to track wildlife deaths due to lightning strikes.

    Source: The Verge

     

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  • Canadian men learned they were switched at birth 41 years ago

    Two men in a remote community in Canada have learned they were switched at birth 41 years ago in a hospital.

    Leon Swanson and David Tait Jr. knew each other in the same town of Norway House, with a population of 5,000 people mostly indigenous from the Cree Nation about 286 miles north of Winnipeg.

    They were swapped in the government-run Norway House Hospital in 1975. They were born three days apart — Swanson on Jan. 31, 1975, and Tait on Feb. 3, 1975.

    DNA testing confirmed that each other's biological parents took them home shortly after they were born.

    Tait said he felt "distraught, confused and angry" during a news conference Friday, three days after the news of the switch surfaced.

    "I want answers so bad," he said. "It's going to affect us one way or the other, I know that. It's going to be a long journey."

    He said the people who raised him "would always be (his) mom and dad, regardless" yet he now also has "another brother, another mom and dad."

    David Tait Sr. said "We agreed we are going to be one family."

    Charlotte Mason ended up raising Leon Swanson and Francis Tait raised David Tait.

    Another case prompted Tait and Swanson to have their DNA tests. They had suspect they could have been switched at birth based on similarities with each others' parents.

    In November, local government officials said two other men at the same hospital were also switched at birth in the same year -- five months later than the current case.

    Health Minister Jane Philpott said his agency would start an independent investigation to try to determine whether there are any other cases of baby-switching.

    Philpoot said it was an "important reminder" of the "urgent need to provide all indigenous people with high-quality health care."

    "I can't describe this matter as anything less than criminal," said Eric Robinson, a former New Democratic Party of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly for Keewatinook. "We can live with one mistake, but two mistakes of a similar nature is not acceptable, so we can't simply slough it off as being a mistake, indeed it was a criminal activity in my view."

    Source: UPI

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  • Meet the boy turning into a 'human tree' because of extremely rare and painful condition

    Meet the little boy who suffers from an extremely rare condition that makes his hands and feet look like they're turning into trees.

    The body of seven-year-old Ripon Sarker is covered in scaly warts because he suffers from the condition known as 'epidermodysplasia verruciformis'.

    Youngster Ripon, from Thakurgaon, Bangladesh, was only admitted to hospital for the first time this month because his family couldn't afford treatment.

    The young boy was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital on August 20.

    His dad Mahendra Das said: "They haven't carried out tests on him. Physicians say they will look into this matter before treatment."

    Poor Ripon cannot walk or eat by himself because of his tree-like features – but doctors have said they are hopeful that his hands and feet are operable as his fingers and toes and can still be identified.

    Ripon's symptoms match the ones of 26-year-old Abul Bajander – dubbed 'tree man' – who also has the same condition and was recently operated at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

    Burn and plastic surgery unit coordinator Samanta Lal Sen said: "We are hopeful about the child's situation.

    "In Abul's case, we couldn't distinguish the warts from his fingers.

    "Ripon's warts have not expanded to that extent yet. He can identify his fingers and toes.

    "We might be able to treat him with fewer operations."

    The physician went on to explain that the child's family is extremely poor.

    He said: "That's why he lacks proper nutrition. His physical development has been hampered as well. We need to give him proper nutrition before the operations begin.

    "He might require blood as well."

    Abul, 26, went under the knife in March to treat the extremely rare growths.

    During the procedure, doctors operated on his right hand to eliminate some of the smaller warts.

    The medics estimated the growths removed weighed at least 11 pounds.

    They also suggested Abul would need at least 15 further operations in the course of one year.

    Samanta Lal Sen, faculty director at the hospital, said: "We removed some small warts from his palm but Bajandar would need up to 15 operations in total to rid his body of the growths in one year."

    Source: Mirror

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