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There was some cheer in Europe this week, amid the continent's growing migrant crisis, when a pregnant Nigerian woman was saved by the Italian Coast Guard shortly before giving birth.

A helmet camera from one of the rescuers caught footage of the woman being pulled to safety from a dinghy, along with 104 other migrants. It later showed her with her newborn baby on the coast guard ship.

Both were doing well at a hospital on the island of Lampedusa, Italy, said British newspaper The Telegraph.

In April, around 650 migrants were feared drowned in the same waters after a boat carrying 700 capsized off Lampedusa.


Three elderly Buddhist nuns died in a predawn fire that razed a temple in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Their charred remains were found in the bathroom of the temple, Malaysian media reports said.

The local women, aged between 60 and 65, lived in the temple, in the Setapak district of the city.

They were believed to have been trapped inside their room before seeking refuge in the bathroom where they died.

Six fire trucks arrived at the scene eight minutes after a distress call at 3.11am, an official said. It took 49 firemen about an hour and a half to control the blaze.

The authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.


A 24-year-old man was yesterday charged with the murder of a 23-year-old woman in Toa Payoh.

Ms Atika Dolkifli, was found dead in a carpark at Block 146A, Lorong 2 on Thursday morning.

Bloodstains and what looked like a clump of hair were found near the staircase linking decks 3A and 3B of the carpark when The New Paper visited the scene later that day.

Police said the same day that a 24-year-old suspect had been arrested.

The accused, Syed Maffi Hasan, looked calm when he appeared in court yesterday.

He will be held in remand until Sept 10. He faces the death penalty if convicted.


A 39-year-old Malaysian man was yesterday charged with the murder of 48-year-old Tan Chin Siong.

Mr Tan was found lying motionless at a walkway near Ang Mo Kio MRT station on Friday morning.

A 10m trail of blood was seen along the walkway, which links the station to Cheng San Community Club.

Mr Tan died at Tan Tock Seng Hospital at 9.14am.

The younger man, who was arrested at the scene, also appeared to be injured and was taken to the same hospital.

The accused, Tan Chee Yeow, did not appear in court and will be remanded for three weeks at a medical facility, The Straits Times reported on its website yesterday.