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Dozens killed after eating poisonous sweets in Pakistan

Nishtar HospitalAt least 24 people have been killed and dozens of others are ill after eating poisonous sweets in eastern Pakistan's Layyah district, officials said Monday.

Local police official Munir Ahmed added that 52 people were still being treated at various hospitals.

Umar Hayat, a resident of Layyah area, bought the baked confections on April 17 to distribute among friends and family after the birth of his grandson. The police official said the dead included the baby boy's father and seven of his uncles.


Austria election: Far-right tops first round of presidential vote

Far right wins round one in Austrian electionAustria's far-right Freedom Party candidate has come top in the first round of presidential elections, preliminary results show.

Norbert Hofer has about 36% of the votes for the mostly ceremonial role - not enough to avoid a run-off in May. He is likely to face independent contender Alexander Van der Bellen, who is polling 20%.

For the first time since World War Two, the candidates from Austria's two main parties did not make it to the run-off.


The Vatican Just Put a Convicted Rapist Back in a Parish

Vatican puts convicted rapist back in parishJust what is it that the Vatican does not get about predator priests? Apparently a lot.

Father Joseph Jeyapaul is a priest from India who admitted to raping two adolescent girls in Minnesota when he served the Crookston diocese from 2004 to 2005.

After being charged with the abuse, which included rape and forcing at least one of the girls to perform fellatio on him, he fled home to India, where he was eventually arrested on an Interpol warrant. He was then extradited back to Minnesota, where he admitted his heinous crimes and entered a plea bargain in which, in exchange for a lighter sentence, he copped to molestation of one of the girls.


Israel releases 12-year-old Palestinian girl from jail

Irael releases 12 year old girlAt the Jbara checkpoint near Tulkarem, the al-Wawi family and human rights groups' representatives waited patiently. The 12-year-old finally emerged, after having spent 2.5 months in a prison, making her the youngest Palestinian female detainee. As her relatives embraced her, the girl, clad in a pink shirt, fought back tears and said nothing.

D* was arrested on February 9 near the illegal settlement of Karmei Tzur, just north of her hometown of Halhul. Now, out on early parole, D served more than half of her sentence of 4.5 months in an Israeli prison for attempted voluntary manslaughter and illegal possession of a knife.


Bangladeshi university professor hacked to death in Rajshahi

Bangladeshi professor hacked to deathA university professor has been hacked to death in Bangladesh, in an attack police say is similar to killings of secular bloggers and atheists by suspected Islamist extremists.

AFM Rezaul Karim Siddique, 58, was a professor of English at Rajshahi University in the country's north-west.  He was attacked with machetes as he left home to go to work.

So-called Islamic State militants say they killed him for "calling to atheism" in Bangladesh.


Meet The ‘Jewish Terrorist Network’ In The West Bank

West Bank's Jewish TerroristsIsraeli police and security officials have announced the discovery of a right-wing network of “Jewish terrorists” in the occupied West Bank, saying they have arrested several accused of plotting and enacting attacks against Palestinians and their homes.

On Wednesday, representatives of Israel’s internal security agency Shin Bet revealed they had apprehended several members of a “Jewish terrorist network” in the Palestinian territories over the past few weeks. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the group includes six settlers and an Israeli soldier who reportedly confessed to tossing a tear gas grenade into the home of a Palestinian family and throwing firebombs at another house in Mazraa al-Qabliyah.


Pakistan polio: Seven killed in anti-vaccination attack

Pakistan polio attackSeven Pakistani policemen, three of whom were guarding polio workers, have been killed in Karachi, officials say.  Eight gunmen on motorcycles fired at a group of three police guards and later at a van containing four officers, officials told the Pakistan Tribune.

Islamist militants oppose vaccination, saying it is a Western conspiracy to sterilise Pakistani children.  In January, 15 people were killed in a bomb attack on a vaccination centre in the south-western city of Quetta.


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