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Monday 25 September 2017

Baby and carer die in well fall

A Brazilian toddler and his 12-year-old baby sitter were jumping on the cover of a well when it broke and they fell to their deaths.

Police said 20-month-old Joaquim Bezerra and Flavia Machado were feeding a dog while sitting on the wooden cover of a well in a low-income neighbourhood of the city of Maceio.

When they started to jump on the cover, it suddenly cracked and they fell 260ft.



Drugs baron faces justice

After a long battle to avoid extradition, Canada's so-called Prince of Pot was brought to Seattle, where he is expected to plead guilty to a charge that he sold millions of marijuana seeds to US customers.

Canada's justice minister signed off on Marc Emery's extradition to the US earlier this month.

Emery was scheduled to make an initial appearance before pleading guilty next week.



Bishop admits abuse rumours

A bishop testified in the trial of a priest accused of sexually molesting seven boys and admitted on the stand that he knew about rumours of abuse two years before the priest was arrested.

Monsignor Gino Reali told a Rome court that he looked into the allegations but did not find them credible enough to warrant removing Fr Ruggero Conti from parish work or officially informing the Vatican about them.

The case, taking place in the shadow of the Vatican, is being closely watched as the clerical abuse scandal swirls around the Holy See and exposes cases in Italy, which has long treated the issue as so taboo it was rarely discussed.

Conti denied wrongdoing but admitted he was affectionate with the boys.



Missing hiker's laptop found

The father of a US woman who went missing while hiking in Nepal has discovered her laptop and diary in the last hotel where she stayed.

A friend of missing hiker Aubrey Sacco said the 23-year-old's father, Paul Sacco, is in Nepal looking for her.

Miss Sacco, from Colorado, has been missing since last month, when she left for a solo hike in the Himalayas. mountains.

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