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Sunday 22 October 2017

In brief: 19 pilgrims die in bus bombing

A CAR bomb attack on a bus carrying Shiite Muslim pilgrims has killed 19 people in southwest Pakistan.

Pakistan has experienced a spike in killings over the last year by radical Sunni Muslims targeting Shiites, whom they consider heretics. The violence has been especially pronounced in Baluchistan province, where the latest attack occurred.

In addition to the 19 people killed in the bombing, 25 others were wounded, many of them critically.

Warning, mad bull up ahead

FROM a raging bull to angry swans and a mislaid motorboat, staff at AA Roadwatch dealt with some unusual problems this year.

Motorists were warned about foxes, deer, horses, goats, sheep, cows, swans, ducks and even a bull.

There were also a range of obstructions such as a sofa, mattress, oven, Portaloo and even a Silver Cruise motorboat, which was found on the N11 in Wexford.

Other problems for motorists included no fewer than 25 large-scale protest marches, mud slides, rockfalls and trucks becoming wedged under bridges.

Wounded cop out of hospital

The last of three police officers shot and wounded by an arrested man inside a southern New Jersey police station has left the hospital.

The other two officers were discharged last Friday, the day of the shooting.

The arrested man, Willingboro resident Eddie Jones III, was a state Department of Corrections civilian employee who had been accused of stalking a former girlfriend. Jones was shot and killed after opening fire.

Wonder drug Prozac is 25

It was hailed a wonder drug, and as antidepressant Prozac turns 25 years old in January, its popularity is still on the rise.

The drug, launched in 1988, has seen its sales and its price soar in recent years.

But herbal remedies are also on the rise, with over a quarter of GPs in the UK saying they would recommend remedies like St John's Wort over anti-depressants.

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