In what could only be seen as an utterly bizarre incident, a 35-year old man in China was admitted to the emergency room on June 20, after he had allegedly inserted 15 needles into his genitals. Reportedly, the man had been inserting the needles into his penis for over a year, and it was only recently that he started feeling discomfort. Further, the doctors performed an hour-and-a-half-long surgery to carefully remove all the needles, some of which measured 10cms out of the man’s genitals.
After a landslide buried the mountain village of Xinmo in the southwest province of Sichuan in China, rescue workers on Sunday pulled out 15 bodies from the rock and mud. However, hopes are fading with 118 people still missing. A couple and their two-month-old baby were found alive in the hours after the massive landslide crashed down on the village. But there was no news of any other survivors being found.
According to reports, at least 123 people were burnt to death, and over 100 others suffered burns after an oil tanker caught fire in Bahawalpur in Pakistan's Punjab province on Sunday. Reportedly, people gathered to collect fuel from the leaking tanker after the tanker overturned on the highway because of speeding. Police reportedly said the death toll might increase as many of the injured are in critical condition in hospital.
According to reports, Britain's parliament was hit by a "sustained and determined" cyber attack on Saturday. The attack was reportedly designed to identify weak email passwords. Notably, this attack comes just over a month after the ‘infamous’ ransomware attack. As a precautionary method, the lawmakers have been temporarily restricted from accessing their email accounts outside of Westminster. However, the House of Commons has announced that it is confident that it had protected all accounts and systems from the attack.
According to reports, a landslide smashed through a mountain village in the Sichuan province in China on Saturday. Initial reports suggest that the landslide has swallowed 40 homes and 140 people. Notably, the landslide has also blocked two kilometre stretch of a river and 1.6 kilometres of road. A rescue operation has been commissioned. More details are awaited.
US President Donald Trump reportedly called Mexico as the second deadliest country in the world. Trump tweeted, "Mexico was just ranked the second deadliest country in the world, after only Syria. Drug trade largely the cause. We will BUILD THE WALL!". As a reply, the Mexican Foreign Ministry said that the country has a significant violence problem, Mexico is not the second most violent country in the world.
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp at the Glastonbury Festival's inaugural speech, reportedly asked the crowd, "When was the last time an actor assassinated the president?". He also made an inflammatory statement about President Donald Trump and said, "I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go".
According to reports, an Indian-origin Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been named the Dean of MIT’s school of Engineering. The Professor, Anantha P Chandrakasan, was the Head of Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the University’s largest academic department, will take over as Dean from July 1. Notably, Chandrakasan was born in Chennai and moved to the USA while he was in high school.
Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's atomic energy organisation, has reportedly warned the US to stop upsetting the regional balance of power by siding with Saudi Arabia. Salehi said "lavish arms purchases" by regional actors would be seen as provocative in Iran. His comments follow Saudi's purchase of $100-billion worth of US arms during President Donald Trump's recent visit to Riyadh.
The Russian defence ministry on Friday reportedly said two Russian warships and a submarine in the Mediterranean had fired missiles at ISIS targets in Syria. It reportedly said that Turkish and Israeli military were informed of the missile launches, but it did not mention the US. Notably, Russia suspended its communication channel with the US after a US jet shot down a Syrian warplane on Sunday and accused Washington of failing to issue a warning.
Massive twin blasts at a crowded market in Pakistan killed at least 18 people killed and injured more than 100 others on Friday. The blasts took place in Parachinar area of Pakistan’s Kurram tribal district, bordering Afghanistan. While the first explosion occurred in Akbar Khan Market when people were busy shopping for Iftar and Eid, the second one took place as rescuers and bystanders rushed to aid those who had been hurt in the first explosion.
According to a report by Reuters, Russia’s defence authorities have claimed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the de facto leader of ISIL, could have been assassinated in an airstrike that was carried out by the country in the Syrian city of Raqqa is close to 100%. "The fact that Islamic State has still not shown him anywhere also adds to our confidence," added Russia’s defence spokesperson.
A member of Canadian Joint Task Force 2, the country’s elite special forces, has broken the world record for a confirmed kill shot, firing from a huge distance of 3,540 metres, the Canadian Armed Forces confirmed on Thursday. The shooting killed an Islamic State militant in Iraq within the last month, and it took the bullet around 10 seconds to hit the militant, they reportedly said. Earlier, British sniper Craig Harrison, who shot a Taliban gunner in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province from 2,475 metres in 2009, held the record.
Bangkok police have reportedly seized dozens of supercars including Lamborghinis, Porsches, and BMWs stole from the UK. Investigators say they have also uncovered scams and loopholes that dealers and customs officials exploit to circumvent Thailand's taxes on imported supercars. Britain is the most popular source for luxury car imports to Thailand as both countries drive on the left-hand side.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's founder Jack Ma said that the third technology revolution artificial intelligence could start the third World War. Ma also said that humans will ultimately win the battle as one can always make a machine to learn the knowledge. But it is difficult for machines to have a human heart, added Ma.
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday revealed his new concept for the wall he intends to erect on the Mexican border. "Yes, we will build a wall. We have to stop the drugs from flowing in. I will give you an idea that nobody has heard about yet. The southern border. Lots of sun, lots of heat. We are thinking about building a wall as a solar wall. So it creates energy. And pays for itself", said Trump.
According to reports, at least 24 people were killed and over 60 others were injured in a car bomb blast outside a New Kabul Bank's branch in Afghanistan's Lashkargah on Thursday. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. This comes after a recent car bomb blast by Taliban militants which killed six police officers in the country's Paktia province.
According to reports, British physicist Stephen Hawking urged for the return of Moon missions by 2020 to give humanity a "sense of purpose". He stressed on building a lunar base in 30 years and sending astronauts to Mars by 2025. Hawking also criticised Donald Trump for US' Paris agreement exit, calling it "the most wrong decision on climate change this world has seen."
According to an annual population survey by the United Nations, the global population will hit 8 billion in 2023.Further, the study found that the world's population has been increasing by roughly 83 million annually, and the number of people aged over 60 will top 1 billion next year. Notably, the survey also predicted that India is set to overtake China to become the world's most populous nation by 2024.
North Korea on Thursday reportedly called US President Donald Trump a "psychopath". According to reports, North Korea's official newspaper said: "South Korea must realise that following psychopath Trump...will only lead to disaster." Notably, the editorial comes a day after Trump said he is toying with the idea of a preemptive strike on North Korea.