Friday 15 December 2017

Navy seal chief dies by suicide

The US military is investigating the apparent suicide of a navy SEAL commander in Afghanistan.

Cmdr Job Price (42), of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, died of a non-combat-related injury while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan province.

A US military official said the death "appears to be the result of suicide".

A US military official confirmed Cmdr Price was from Virginia Beach, Virginia-based SEAL Team 4, which is part of the mission to train local Afghan police. He leaves a wife and daughter.

Train 'sleeper' was really dead

A 65-year-old man thought to be sleeping while sitting upright on a Berlin underground train as it criss-crossed the German capital was actually dead, police say.

"It's tragic," a Berlin police spokeswoman said. "

"We don't know how long he was sitting dead on the train nor do we know the exact cause of death yet. There are no indications of foul play. He seems to have died of natural causes."

Thatcher 'in

good spirits'

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is said to be "in good spirits" as she recovers from minor surgery but is expected to spend Christmas in hospital.

Mrs Thatcher (87) was operated on three days ago to remove a growth from her bladder after suffering pain earlier in the week.

"I understand she is in good spirits," a spokesman said.

"Given her age, I don't think she will be coming out for a few days."

Her public appearances have been very restricted over recent years due to continued ill health.

Chile goes on volcano alert

Chile has issued a red alert over a volcano on the border with Argentina that has become increasingly active.

The Copahue volcano, which sits in the Andes cordillera, straddling the border with Argentina's Neuquen province, started spewing ash and gas on Saturday.

Officials issued a yellow and orange alert at first, but Chile's emergency office ONEMI raised that.

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