Sunday 17 December 2017

44 are killed in Mexico jail riot

At least 44 people died in a fight between rival gangs at an overcrowded prison in northern Mexico in a violent outbreak that allowed some inmates to escape.

Victims were beaten, stabbed and stoned when a fight broke out yesterday.

Inmates at the prison in Monterrey, about 140 miles (225 km) from the border with Texas, include members of Mexico's Gulf cartel as well as the feared Zetas cartel.

"We can't rule out the possibility that some prisoners escaped, which also could be a motive if the fight started as a distraction," said a security spokesman for the Nuevo Leon state government.

"When we count the prisoners, and the number of confirmed dead, there are some missing," he said.

Troubled Lilo's TV comeback

Lindsay Lohan's comeback trail is leading her to Saturday Night Live.

NBC says the troubled actress, whose career in recent years has been upstaged by legal and personal problems, will serve as guest host of SNL on March 3. The musical guest that night will be Jack White.

It will be Lohan's fourth turn as host of the late-night comedy show. She presided in 2004, 2005 and 2006, before her career faltered.

Monk in human torch protest

A Tibetan monk has died after setting himself on fire at a monastery in western China's Sichuan province.

The London-based International Campaign for Tibet said 18-year-old Nangdrol shouted slogans in favour of Tibetan independence.

His death brings to at least 21 the number of Tibetans who have set themselves on fire over the past year to protest Chinese government policies over Tibetan society.

Roosevelt desk to go on show

The walnut desk Franklin D Roosevelt worked at during his eight-year stint as a business executive is being donated to the library and museum in New York's Hudson Valley which bears his name.

The future 32nd president of the United States spent most of the 1920s working for a Maryland-based insurance company.

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