Stephanie Flowers

Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

Aug 6 (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine accused each other on Friday of shelling Europe's biggest nuclear power plant as fighting raged again in the crucial border region of the Donbas and three more ships left ports carrying previously blockaded Ukrainian grain. read more.
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Alabama Girl Chewed Free of Restraints to Escape Her Family’s Killer

Mobile home at 3547 County Road in Dadeville where murders occurred(Photo: Google) Earlier this week, a 12-year-old girl was discovered walking down the road in Tallapoosa, Alabama, after having chewed through her restraints to escape. She had broken her braces to gnaw through her bindings after being held captive by the man who killed her mother, Sandra Vazquez Ceja, and brother on July 24.

China-Taiwan news – live: Top Taiwan official found dead as China accused of attack simulation

A top Taiwanese defence ministry official was found dead on Saturday as the self-governing territory accused China of carrying out a “simulated attack” with the country’s warships and planes conducting missions in the Taiwan Strait.Ou Yang Li-hsing, the deputy head of the Taiwan defence ministry’s research and development unit, died from a heart attack on Saturday in his hotel room, reported state media.The room had no signs of ‘intrusion’ and his family had a history of heart disease, said the official Central News Agency.Meanwhile, the defence ministry tweeted on Saturday that multiple Chinese craft conducted missions in the Taiwan...

Cyclists who kill face longer jail terms with new law to crack down on ‘legal loophole’

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has pledged to create a “death by dangerous cycling” law that will treat killer cyclists the same as motorists.Mr Shapps said the law was needed to “impress on cyclists the real harm they can cause when speed is combined with lack of care”.The move will close a legal loophole which means cyclists who kill pedestrians can only be jailed for two years.It comes four years after the government ran a consultation on proposals for new offences of causing death or serious injury while cycling.Mr Shapps wrote in the Mail+ that a “selfish minority” of cyclists believe...

Top Taiwan official leading missile production found dead in hotel room, report says

A top Taiwan defence ministry official leading a missile production unit was found dead on Saturday morning in a hotel room, reported government-controlled Central News Agency (CNA).Ou Yang Li-hsing, who was the deputy head of the Taiwan military-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, died from a heart attack.The official was found dead in a hotel room in southern Taiwan but there were no signs of ‘intrusion’, according to CNA.His family had a history of heart disease and he also had a cardiac stent, said the report.News of the official’s death comes amid heightened tensions after US House...

Three Men Arrested After Wilmington Police Find Loaded Gun, Drugs

WILMINGTON, DE — Wilmington Police have arrested three men on gun and drug charges:. Authorities state that on July 27 at approximately 4:27 p.m., police on patrol conducted a vehicle stop in the unit block of East 24th Street. Police made contact with the operator, 23-year-old Jabrei Chase, and two occupants, 22-year-old Elijah Collins and 23-year-old Jerry Toston of Newark. Following a brief investigation, police recovered a loaded .40 caliber handgun, 90 grams of marijuana, and $553 in currency. Police took all three subjects into custody without incident.

Dillon Quirke: Tipperary hurler dies after collapsing mid-game

A Tipperary hurler has died after collapsing during a county senior championship game on Friday. Dillon Quirke, 24, was carried off the field at Semple Stadium in Thurles just before half time. The match was stopped as Mr Quirke's Clonoulty/Rossmore teammates, opponents Kilruane and the Knights of Malta attended to...

4 injured after NYPD cops exchange gunfire with group at Queens house party

Bullets flew and scores of young people scattered during a chaotic gunbattle outside a Queens house party, shaken residents said. The violence erupted about 11:35 p.m. Friday at 219th Street and 130th Avenue in Laurelton, cops said. Plain-clothes officers in unmarked vehicles were watching the party because they feared there was a “potential for violence by some of the local street crews,” police said. That’s when four people rolled up and allegedly opened fire on the nearly 100 partygoers, some of whom shot back, said authorities, who added that the undercover officers also fired off 14 shots. In all, four people were hurt,...