Corpse-eating case prompts Pakistan to consider law against cannibalism

As fright-seekers in the United States prepare for Halloween, lawmakers in Pakistan are working to try to prevent their country from producing the world’s next real horror story.

Until now, there has been no law in Pakistan against cannibalism.

But Pakistan has documented several cases of cannibalism over the years, prompting lawmakers to introduce legislation this week to try to curb the problem.

One bill in the National Assembly clarifies that anyone who exhumes a corpse with “intent to cook, eat, sell or to use for magic purposes” will face a mandatory jail sentence of between 10 years and life behind bars.

A second bill would make eating human flesh punishable by at least seven years in jail.

Cannibal brothers

The legislation is in response to a particularly grotesque case in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province in 2011.

That year, police received a call from a man who reported that his sister’s grave had been dug up in a local cemetery.

The investigation brought police to the home of two brothers, whom they found cooking the 24-year-old cancer victim’s limbs into a stew.

The brothers were promptly arrested, and they confessed to unearthing and eating a total of five corpses from the cemetery.

But because Pakistan lacked a stringent cannibalism law, they could only be charged with disturbing a grave site, and were sentenced to two years in prison and released in 2013. 

More effective legislation

Earlier this year, however, police were called back to the brothers’ residence after neighbors reported a nasty smell.

When they arrived, police discovered the severed skull of a toddler. One of the brothers reportedly confessed to using the corpse to make curry.

The two brothers were again arrested, but this time charged under the country’s anti-terrorism statute. In June, both received 12-year prison sentences.

Nikhat Shakeel Khan, a chief sponsor of one of the bills and also a medical doctor, said the legislation would help to reduce the frequent complaints she receives about grave sites in Pakistan being raided or unearthed.

“Patients would come to me telling appalling tales of people digging graves of their loved ones and taking out different body parts for witchcraft,” Khan said.

“Most of these cannibals have mental problems, but we hope to stop them as well as those who use body parts for magic and witchcraft.”

- Washington Post

Stars like Iggy Azalea, Russell Brand & Piers Morgan want people to cut Renee Zellweger some slack

Renee Zellweger has been receiving alot of comments on how different she looks since her appearance at the Hollywood Awards on Monday Night.
Renee Zellweger has been receiving alot of comments on how different she looks since her appearance at the Hollywood Awards on Monday Night.

Were you shocked by Renee Zellweger's  red carpet appearance on Monday night?

The 45-year-old became the talk of the town, with people comparing her now versus her more nubile self (circa the early 2000s).

What do other Hollywood celebs think?


Pictures of the actress presently (above in black) and a few years ago (in purple). Photos: Reuters, Starhub

Her peers in Hollywood community sound accepting, based on their tweets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As for the woman at the centre of the storm, she's spoken out on the brouhaha.

For the record, here's what Zellweger makes of the buzz.

"I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," she told People.

"It seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn't exist won't get off my porch until I answer that door."

Sources: Twitter, E Online, People

Related report: Renee Zellweger has changed so much you wouldn't recognise her

Rules to change after Indian footballer dies from fatal goal celebration? Here's what Fifa says

Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala died after his goal celebration goes wrong.

All he wanted was to celebrate scoring a goal with a somersault.

But 23-year-old Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala died from severe spinal cord damage after the celebration went awry.

The Bethlehem Vengthlang FC midfielder Peter Biaksangzuala died on Sunday (Oct 19) at a hospital in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram.

His tragic death has raised the question whether the rules should be changed to curb excessive celebration. 

FIFA however has said that any additional measures curbing goal celebrations would have to be approved by soccer’s rule-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

“This is a tragedy and we are very concerned about this incident,It is the responsibility of IFAB to rule on amendments to the Laws of the Game” - FIFA in a statement to Reuters

FIFA added that any national association can propose a change to the rules, and the suggestion must be submitted by Dec 1 to be considered at IFAB’s next annual general meeting.

The laws of the game currently stipulate automatic yellow cards if a player removes his shirt, covers his face with a mask, makes a provocative gesture or climbs a perimeter fence to celebrate a goal.

The laws also states: “While it is permissible for a player to demonstrate his joy when a goal has been scored, the celebration must not be excessive.

Biaksangzuala celebrated by executing a somersault after scoring the equaliser against Chanmari West FC last Tuesday.

He landed awkwardly and was unconscious, as his team mates surrounded him and gestured for help.

He later succumbed to his injuries. 

"We are shocked by the case. We at the Mizoram Football Association did all we could but could not save him,” MFA secretary Lalnghinglova Hmar told Reuters by telephone.

The association president, also the state health minister, said he did all that was possible.

"We considered the option to fly him to Delhi but his condition was pretty bad. He was mostly unconscious, occasionally spelling out a few words,” Hmar said.

Bethlehem has decided to retire the number 21 jersey as a tribute to Biaksangzuala while Hmar said MFA would organise a match in his memory.

Source: Reuters

Keanu Reeves is back on the dark side in new thriller 'John Wick'

Keanu Reeves is playing John Wick, a grieving husband and retired assassin, who reverts to being a killing machine to avenge the wrongs done to him by Russian mobsters.
Keanu Reeves is playing John Wick, a grieving husband and retired assassin, who reverts to being a killing machine to avenge the wrongs done to him by Russian mobsters.

He's back!

Actor Keanu Reeves, best known for The Matrix trilogy, travels to a murky underworld in his latest action thriller, John Wick.

He plays a grieving husband and retired assassin, who reverts to being a killing machine to avenge the wrongs that Russian mobsters did to him.

Expect a film jam-packed with car chases, gun fights, mayhem and murder ,as Reeves' former stuntman Chad Stahelski turns director, with producer David Leitch.

As John Wick, Reeves single-handedly guns down enough mobsters to fill a small cemetery.

"When we meet John Wick, we don't know anything about him except that he is grieving for his ill wife, who passes," said Reeves, 50.

"As the story unfolds we come to learn about the myth of this man as a killer."

Wick had retired from his life of crime five years earlier. But after the son of a Russian mobster and his cronies invaded his home, stole the classic car he refused to sell and killed the puppy his late wife gave him, Wick becomes a hit man once again.

"The script has these different textures and different worlds," said Reeves.

"There is the real world and what comes to be revealed is this underworld. This den of thieves that has its own rules, has its own procedures, honor, code."


Photos: Golden Village

After arming himself with a small arsenal of weapons, Wick checks into the Continental Hotel - where killing is forbidden and the desk clerk can arrange an unquestioning doctor to patch up wounds.

Maybe even find a waste disposal company to get rid of bullet-riddled bodies.

"There is a humor to the situation," Reeves said. "John is drenched in blood and he is asking about room service to get his shirt cleaned."

The trade magazine Variety said Reeves reminds us "what a compelling action star he can be," and the Hollywood Reporter called the film "a visceral revenge thriller."

"After a marked absence from the genre, Reeves resoundingly returns with an effortless, kinetic style that positions the film extremely well for any potential follow-ups," it said. - Reuters

Hatchet-wielding man attacks New York City cops, critically wounds an officer

A screengrab of the attacker released by the NYPD.

No one knows why the man suddenly attacked a group of police officers.

No one knows what his intention was.

But the bloody mess that the attacker - whom New York City Police Department (NYPD) identified as Zane H. Thompson - left behind was clear.

 

The group was posing for a photograph on the streets of Queens, New York, yesterday when Thomson suddenly charged at them that afternoon. 

A police spokesman said Thomson had swung the hatchet and struck one officer in the right arm, he then swung it again and struck a second officer in the head. 

The remaining two officers fired their weapons at the man, hitting him.

According to CNN, Thompson died after being shot by the very same police officers he attacked. 

CNN reported that Thompson had a criminal past and had been discharged from the Navy. 

The brutal attack left one officer in critical condition. He is currently undergoing surgery after being hit in the head.

A 29-year-old female bystander was struck by a stray bullet. She underwent surgery and was recovering at the hospital, the spokesman said.

Sources: Reuters, CNN

Tags: NYPD and hatchet

Jamaican films himself taking a 24m heart-stopping leap from a cliff

Spider after taking a 80-foot plunge from a cliff at Rick's Cafe.

Welcome to Rick's Cafe. Home of cliff jumpers such as Spider.

For US$20 (S$25), you get to see Spider take a heart-stopping 80 feet (24 metre) leap from a cliff at Rick’s Café in Negril, Jamaica.  

The video above shows Spider recording his surroundings with a GoPro.

And If the vertigo-inducing surroundings weren't enough, a pan towards his entry point would definitely call for viewer discretion. The water below is strewn with deep-lying rocks - "props" for the daredevil act I'm guessing.

After an energetic assertion of confidence, the "high-flyer" springs off the board, in full flight. 

The speed of the dive captured will astonish you.

Three seconds

In merely three seconds, Spider is already underwater. 

Managing to dodge the rocks around him, Spider roars: "GoPro no problem Jamaica!" as he looks at the camera. 

According to Mail Online, Rick’s Café  opened on the Negril cliffside in 1974.

Its main attraction, of course, is paying to see fearless divers like Spider take the plunge.

Negril is a beach resort town in Jamaica. 

Source: Mail Online, Inquisitr

 

Tributes pour in for slain Canadian soldier as his family and dogs grieve

A woman stands at makeshift memorial in honour of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo outside of The Lieutenant-Colonel John Weir Foote Armoury in Hamilton.

Corporal Nathan Cirillo was shot and killed while standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Canada's National War Memorial.

His death - at the hands of a gunman placed on a terror watch list - shocked Canadians, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and lawmakers alike.

As they paid their respects to the soldier and fought hard to comprehend the events of the past week (the gunman had fired shots in parliament building before he was eventually shot), his family is struggling to come to terms with the senseless violence that has taken one of their own so suddenly.

"Our family is grieving. Right now is the wrong time to talk" a relative told Canadian Press, The Guardian reported.

Then, there are the pictures of Cirillo's dogs poking their heads from under the gate, seemingly waiting for the owner who will never return home.

They reflect the heartbreak that the Cirillo family is currently feeling.

 

 

 

 

A few hundred people joined lawmakers from all parties at the war memorial on Thursday (Oct 23) to lay flowers, before breaking into a spontaneous rendition of the national anthem.

A large crowd had gathered at the site, still cordoned off with yellow police ribbon.

The need to pay their respects and show defiance in the face of the unexpected threat from within Canadian society was palpable.

“We will be vigilant, but we will not run scared,” Harper later told his colleagues in the House of Commons as parliament resumed normal operations following a moment of silence for the dead soldier.

Sources: Reuters, The Guardian, Twitter

 

Tags: Canada and shooting

PICTURES: Doraemon, Ultraman and anime characters pose on Tokyo film fest red carpet

A character from Japanese manga Attack on Titan poses on the red carpet for the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival opening ceremony in Tokyo on October 23, 2014.

Doraemon and other anime characters strutted their stuff on the red carpet on Thursday at the new-look Tokyo film festival that will focus on Japan’s love of animation.

The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival, which runs from Oct 23 to 31, will hold special events alongside the main festival, including a “cosplay summit” and a Japanese food fair aimed at promoting Japan’s cultural and content industries.

Attack on Titan

Parasyte

 

Ultraman (Ultramen?)

Doraemon

PHOTOS: AFP, Reuters

Source: Reuters

Privacy breach? Woman sues after photo of her gouging out own eyes goes viral

A nurse at a Los Angeles hospital took a photo of a woman who gouged out her own eyes with pencils, and the patient sued the hospital and its administrators after the picture went viral on the Internet.
A nurse at a Los Angeles hospital took a photo of a woman who gouged out her own eyes with pencils, and the patient sued the hospital and its administrators after the picture went viral on the Internet.

The woman had gouged out her own eyes with pencils.

A nurse at a Los Angeles hospital saw the horrifying sight and took a photo. Somehow, the picture went viral on the Internet.

Now, the patient has sued the hospital and its administrators.

The unnamed plaintiff was treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in 2012 after she tried to commit suicide. Her lawyer, Douglas Johnson, said she was rushed to the hospital.

The unidentified nurse took the photograph of the patient with the "intact pencils sticking out of her eyes," then shared the unauthorised picture with another person, who passed the image to Joshua Shivers.

Shivers, in turn, used his mother's computer to post the image to a "shock" website, the suit stated, adding that the photo has since been viewed more than 192,000 times.

The specific website to which it was posted was not disclosed.

Copyright

"Everybody knows that as soon as someone gets their hands on something like this, it goes viral and the harm is done," said Douglas, who specialises in privacy cases.

Prior to filing the lawsuit, he had asked the medical center and administrators to take the picture down from the Web.

They held copyright over the photo, since it was taken in their facility.

The lawsuit also named Joshua Shivers and his mother, Linda, as defendants. They could not be reached for comment.

Back on track

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court  on Monday, said the woman was blinded.

She has since received psychiatric help, learned to read Braille and "gotten her life back on track" by enrolling in college.

But she fell into depression since the photo spread online, the lawsuit stated.

The legal action did not specify how much the woman is seeking in damages. - Reuters

Tags: gouged, eyes, pencils and america

Watch: Air NZ's epic safety video has hobbits, elves and, of course, the One Ring

What do you get when you mix Middle-earth with airline safety? Only the most epic safety video ever.

Air New Zealand, the official airline of Middle-earth, posted a safety video featuring Elijah Wood, Sir Peter Jackson and Sylvester McCoy on YouTube on Wednesday.

It presents the ho-hum, sleep-inducing pre take-off instructions in a totally bizarre, nonsensical manner.

Don't get us wrong, we love it.

Learn how to put on your seatbelt from a man riding a horse. 

Learn not to panic from an orc with an oxygen mask.

Learn how to inflate your life jacket from a man who went bungee jumping​ to retrieve the One Ring.

Learn where the nearest exits are from men with flaming torches.

In short, this video is crazy. 

It makes even the annoying "brace brace" instructions sound like music to our ears.

This is one safety video we definitely wouldn't sleep through.

The video was made to celebrate the final film in The Hobbit trilogy - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which is due to be released at the end of the year.

Watch the movie's teaser trailer below.

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