Monthly Archive for April, 2007


Emilio is 17 months old and has a rare genetic disorder that”s ravaging his central nervous system. He cannot see, speak, or eat. A ventilator breathes for him in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Austin Children”s Hospital, where he”s been since December. Without the ventilator, Emilio would die within hours.


A man cut off his penis with a knife in a packed London restaurant. The man was then taken to hospital in south London where his condition is stable. It is understood surgeons were unable to reattach his penis.


An exoplanet – as astronomers call planets around a star other than the Sun – is found, and completes a full orbit of its star in just 13 days. Astronomers have say it is the most Earth-like planet outside our Solar System to date, a world which could have water running on its surface.


Two elderly nuns are found suffocated in their hillside convent. The motive of the murder appears to be robbery – the killers are believed to have taken a crucifix containing wood reputedly from the cross on which Jesus Christ died.


A company develops a robotic sentry to guard the border between North and South Korea. It is equipped with two cameras and a machine gun.


Legal loophole gives mentally ill access to guns.


Kryptonite is no longer just the stuff of fiction feared by caped superheroes. A new mineral matching its unique chemistry – as described in the film Superman Returns – has been identified in a mine in Serbia.


Abu Sayyaf militants decapitate seven hostages and sent their heads to troops on the southern Philippine island of Jolo.


A yacht is found drifting off the North Queensland coast. The vessel has its engine running, and a table laid for dinner, but there are no signs of any people.


When World Bank President took over at the Bank in mid-2005, his ladyfriend – then a Bank employee for eight years – was transferred to work for the US State Department, to avoid any conflict of interest. But rapid rises in her tax-free World Bank salary to about $193,000 – more than the $186,000 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice receives before tax – have aroused ire among other Bank employees.