Friday 24 November 2017

Seven die after boat capsizes

Seven people died when a boat carrying dozens of passengers capsized after hitting another vessel off the Kenyan island of Lamu last night, the Kenya Red Cross said.

Nelly Muluka-Oluoch, a Kenya Red Cross spokeswoman, said 20 survivors had been found so far and the boat may have been carrying up to 80 passengers. The boat was taking people from Lamu Island to the nearby mainland.

Poison liqour kills 16 drinkers

AT least 16 people have died after drinking a toxic home-brewed liquor over the weekend in southern India.

Another 24 poor villagers are being treated in hospitals in the Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh state.

Seven people died soon after drinking the illegally brewed alcohol on Saturday and another nine lost their lives on Sunday. The victims were poor labourers looking for a cheap means of intoxication.

US senator at gay wedding

More than 400 people, including a US senator, have witnessed the first same-sex civil union in Delaware.

Lawyers Lisa Goodman and Drewry Fennell were joined in the New Year's Day union by the Rev Patricia Downing, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Wilmington. Seven other couples also obtained licences yesterday.

Goodman and Fennell have been partners for 14 years. Goodman is a lawyer who led Equality Delaware's fight for the civil union law. Fennell heads the state Criminal Justice Council and formerly led the American Civil Liberties Union's Delaware chapter.

Tsunami causes population fall

Japan's population dropped in 2011 for a fifth year, falling by the most since World War II, after a record earthquake and tsunami killed thousands, according to the health ministry.

The country's population fell by 204,000 to 126.24m people last year, the biggest decline since at least 1947, the earliest year for which government data is available.

The number of deaths rose 5.3pc from 2010 to 1.26m people.

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