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Police corruption on south african roads

Police corruption in south africa roads

On the second day of our three week road trip in South Africa, we decided to travel to Kruger via the Panorama Route which is in the greater Kruger area. It is a quiet area as we travelled between God’s Window and the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, when suddenly we see a man in uniform jump out onto the road with a handmade cardboard sign saying ‘Stop’. My first reaction is that we are getting car jacked, but my calm husband stops as there really isn’t option other than to run the man over. Amongst my initial panic I also notice a ‘proper’ police car parked in the bushes on the side of the road so I am thinking it probably isn’t going to unfold as badly as I’m expecting. The officer walks up to the driver side and says to my husband “why are you going so fast suh?” “I…

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Passenger arrested for trying to open cockpit door on flight from Sydney to Manila

Geo.tv reports that Australian police said Friday they had restrained a man as he tried to break into the cockpit of a commercial Qantas flight en route to the Philippines. The 33-year-old was detained by Australian Federal Police (AFP) air security officers on the Sydney to Manila journey Thursday after he allegedly attempted to access the cockpit some two and a half hours into the eight-hour flight.

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Canada: Victoria man and woman arrested on terrorism charges

As reported by Associatedpress.com, police have arrested a Canadian man and a woman and charged them as terrorist suspects for attempting to leave a suspicious package at British Columbia’s provincial legislature on Canada Day. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner James Malizia says John Stewart Nuttall and Amanda Marie Korody were arrested Monday. The pair has been charged with conspiracy, facilitating a terrorist activity and making an explosive device. Read full article.

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Popular tourist site in Kenya tainted by rampant crime and suicides

According to standardmedia.co.ke, the famous Thompson Falls is deemed to be one of the main tourists attraction sites in Lakipia County. But this jewel, which was discovered by Scottish explorer Joseph Thompson in 1883, is now acquiring a dubious reputation of being a hide-out for criminals. An increasing number of visitors to the site have been losing their valuables to gangsters, with most of the crimes occurring at the downstream side of the famous falls. There are also numerous cases of people committing suicide at the falls, which is 275-feet deep.

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Chinese construction worker dies after fall in Sri Lanka

Dailymirror.lk reports that a 29-year-old Chinese is reported to have died yesterday after he fell off a flyover, which was above 50 feet above the ground. He was one of those employed in the construction of the flyover at Mirijjawila in Hambanthota and fell to the ground with the crane which he was operating at the time. He was rushed to the Hambanthota Hospital ICU but died this morning.

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Canada flooding forces tens of thousands to evacuate homes in Alberta

As reported by Yahoo.com, tens of thousands of people have been forced from their homes in Calgary and throughout the rest of southern Alberta over the past 36 hours, as swollen streams and rivers overflowed their banks, some with so little warning that residents had no choice to flee to the roof of their house to await rescue. Read full article.

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Turkish authorities arrest four Belgians trying to take part in Syrian war

According to hurriyetdailynews.com, four Belgian citizens who had wanted to fight in the Syrian war were arrested by Turkish police on the border, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Internal Affairs and Equal Opportunities Joelle Milquet said. Milquet said the four Belgians had been sent back to Belgium on June 17, adding that this incident showed the excellent cooperation between Turkish and Belgian police to prevent Belgians from crossing the border to take part in the Syrian war.

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United Kingdom: Tourist vessel sinks in Liverpool, injuring 22

Sky News reports that twenty two people have been taken to hospital after a tourist bus sank in Liverpool for the second time in recent months. Authorities were called to the dock at 3.54pm today following reports that the Yellow Duckmarine amphibious tour bus had sunk. Police and ambulance arrived at the scene to help with the rescue operation, as a large crowd of people gathered nearby.

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India: Female tourist dies in rafting accident

Mid-day.com reports that a woman tourist from Delhi drowned in the Ganga at Rishikesh when her raft overturned in the river on its way to Munikireti, police said today. 30-year-old Sahiba Ibrar Haq and other members of the rafting team fell into the river as her raft turned turtle at Club House Rapid, they said. The guide of another raft coming from behind rescued the rafters one by one, but Sahiba could not be saved as too much water had entered into her system, they said.

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Infectous bacteria threatens Texas beachgoers

Kristv.com reports that a big increase in bacterial infections found in warm salt water has health officials on alert tonight. It’s called Vibrio Parahaemolyticus. You and your family could come in contact with the potentially dangerous bacteria. Justin Bovee and his son are enjoying a day at the beach, unaware that inside the water, they could come into contact with Vibrio Parahaemolyticus.