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  1. Photo: Arsenal Twitter PARIS: Arsenal scraped into the last 16 of the Europa League despite a 2-1 second-leg defeat by Ostersunds, but Thursday´s action was marred by violent clashes at the match between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow which left a police officer dead. Two quickfire first-half goals gave Swedish minnows Ostersunds hope of a sensational comeback at the Emirates, but Sead Kolasinac´s goal just after the interval saw Arsenal hang on for a 4-2 win on aggregate. The north London giants move into Friday´s last-16 draw, but Ostersunds will take all the plaudits for a brave display full of quality. "At 2-0 we thought we had a chance. We played well, won the game but it was just short of the miracle," Ostersunds coach Graham Potter told BT Sport. A Basque police officer died as security forces clashed with fans of Russian club Spartak Moscow in Bilbao. "We can confirm that a Basque policeman died Thursday," said a press spokesman for Ertzaintza, the Basque police region. However, he would not comment on reports that the officer died as a result of the violence. "Five people have been arrested. We do not know if they are all supporters of Spartak, but many of them are Russians." More than 500 police officers had been deployed for the high-risk return leg of the tie, which Bilbao won 4-3 on aggregate despite a 2-1 loss on the night. Having cruised to a 3-0 victory in the first leg last week, Arsene Wenger´s Arsenal appeared complacent and were caught out by the vibrant visitors to the Emirates. Midfielder Hosam Aiesh capped off a slick move for the underdogs to pull one back in the 22nd minute, running onto Saman Ghoddos´ through ball and slotting into the corner with the aid of a deflection off Calum Chambers. The hapless Arsenal centre-back was caught out just 69 seconds later as the home fans were left stunned, with winger Ken Sema spinning Chambers and drilling a low finish past Gunners goalkeeper David Ospina. Potter may have been thinking back to his side´s missed injury-time penalty in the first-leg 3-0 loss, but they continued to press as Arsenal laboured. The Premier League side made it to half-time with a 3-2 aggregate lead intact, but were booed off the field by their own supporters. Unsurprisingly, Wenger´s men were much-improved after the break and left-back Kolasinac capitalised on uncertainty in the Ostersunds defence to hammer home with his weaker right foot. But instead of building on that goal, Arsenal continued to be largely outplayed by their unheralded opposition, with Ghoddos and Curtis Edwards both going close to restoring the two-goal cushion. The Swedes ran out of legs as their continental adventure came to an end with a famous victory, but Arsenal were left facing plenty of questions ahead of Sunday´s League Cup final against Manchester City. "We were nowhere near it and not good enough," said Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. "We are through and that is all that counts. We will see who we get tomorrow and refocus on the big game on Sunday." Batshuayi blasts ´racism´ Marcel Schmelzer´s late equaliser saw Borussia Dortmund grab a 1-1 draw at Atalanta to edge into the next round. Michy Batshuayi´s double had brought Dortmund back from 2-1 down to win last week´s home game 3-2, and Schmelzer struck seven minutes from time on Thursday to keep the German side in Europe. Belgian striker Batshuayi accused Atalanta fans of racist abuse after the game, writing on Twitter: "2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands... really? hope you have fun watching the rest of @EuropaLeague on TV while we are through... #SayNoToRacism. #GoWatchBlackPanther." Serie A leaders Napoli gave RB Leipzig a serious fright in Germany, but a 2-0 win was in vain as last week´s 3-1 loss proved too much to come back from. Leipzig held on to continue their debut European campaign with Napoli left to focus on defending their one-point lead over Juventus in Italy.
  2. 'Just how I look at her': Serena Williams with her daughter Olympia. Image: Serena Williams' Instagram account (@serenawilliams) LOS ANGELES: Serena Williams says she lives in fear of blood clots, a condition that surfaced during a harrowing postnatal ordeal in September when she almost died giving birth to her first child. In an op-ed piece she wrote for CNN on Tuesday, the tennis legend lifted the lid on her near-death experience while giving birth to daughter Olympia after getting blood clots in her lungs. "I almost died after giving birth to my daughter," Williams said. The 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams said she had to have an emergency Cesarean section surgery after her heart rate plummeted dramatically during contractions. The surgery was successful and before she knew it she was holding the newborn. "But what followed just 24 hours after giving birth were six days of uncertainty," she said. In a Vogue magazine interview in January, Williams said that during her postnatal ordeal, she suffered a pulmonary embolism ? when blood clots block one or more arteries in the lungs. But this was not the first time the 36-year-old Williams has had a scrape with death from blood clots. In 2011, she spent nearly 12 months incapacitated after a cut on her foot from a piece of broken glass at a Munich restaurant led to a pulmonary embolism. "Because of my medical history with this problem I live in fear of this situation," the American said Tuesday. Williams said that while recovering in the hospital, one day after the emergency Cesarean, she felt short of breath and after some convincing on Williams? part, the hospital staff finally sent for a CT scan and then put her on a life-saving drip. Wound popped open But her ordeal wasn?t over. She started coughing so much from the blood clots that her Cesarean wound popped open. "I returned to surgery where the doctors found a large hematoma in my abdomen. Then I returned to the operating room for a procedure that prevents clots from travelling to my lungs. "When I finally made it home to my family I had to spend six weeks of motherhood in bed." Williams praised the hospital Tuesday staff saying "if it weren?t for their professional care, I wouldn?t be here today". She did not reveal the name of the hospital in the CNN piece. Her kind words though were in contrast to some sharp statements she made in the earlier Vogue article where she says she had to coax the hospital staff to send her for a CT scan and hook her up to an IV. "I was like a Doppler? I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip (blood thinner)," Williams told the magazine. Williams said it was a complicated experience and despite the agonizing ups and downs she "considers herself fortunate". Partly for surviving the ordeal and also because she can still live out her dream on the tennis court once she returns to competitive form. The former world number one staged her long-awaited tennis comeback earlier this month by playing alongside her older sister, Venus, in a Federation Cup doubles match but it didn?t go well. Serena ? looking rusty and slow-footed ? lost 6-2, 6-3 to the unheralded Dutch pairing of Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs.
  3. Revellers dance on one of the Sao Clemente samba school floats at the 2014 carnival. Photo: Reuters RIO DE JANEIRO: Carnival festivities took over Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, as revelers danced and drank at block parties with names like ?fire in the underpants,? despite an extended crime wave in the city and a spike in yellow fever cases throughout Brazil. Over 6 million people, including 1.5 million visitors, are expected to take to the streets of Rio for the annual celebrations, which pit the city?s 13 best samba schools against one another in ornate parades that can cost over $2 million a piece. To launch the ?world?s biggest party? on Friday, officials handed a glittering key to the city to King Momo, a figurehead who presides over the partying and who, according to legend, was expelled from Mount Olympus before moving to Rio, the so-called ?wonderful city.? But the celebrations this year come amid escalating violence. Gains made after police began a ?pacification? programme in 2008, pushing drug gangs out of favelas, have been unraveling. An economic crisis dried up funding, and critics say the government did not make good on promised social advances for the slums. Reports of shootings averaged 22 per day in January 2018, up from 16 last year, said Fogo Cruzado, a group which tracks armed violence in Rio. In recent days, a three-year-old girl was killed in an attempted robbery and a thirteen-year-old boy died after being caught in a crossfire between police and traffickers as he made his way home after a football game. ?We live with our hearts torn apart by so much violence,? Rio?s mayor Marcelo Crivella said on Friday at an event inaugurating the festivities. ?Carnival at this moment is about resurgence, about hope,? he added. Rio will beef up its police force to around 17,000 for the bacchanalia after the federal government denied a request for troops to help enforce security. Yellow fever Brazil is also battling a spike in yellow fever, a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes in tropical regions, with 98 deaths and 353 cases now confirmed since July, 2017. The outbreak of the disease, which is still a major killer in Africa but had been largely brought under control in the Americas, has hit the states of Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais hardest. Rio?s state Health Secretary Luiz Antonio Teixeira Junior has recommended that unvaccinated tourists avoid forests and waterfalls, as a massive vaccination campaign was launched in Rio and Sao Paulo. Even so, festival attendees are expected to drop some 3.5 billion reais ($1.1 billion) on the city, with some paying over $1,000 for tickets to watch the top samba schools shimmy down the 700-metre (2,300-ft) runway at the sambadrome stadium. Elsewhere in the city, locals and tourists decked out in glitter and tutus will sip beer and dance to powerful drums at over 400 more informal block parties with names like ?Lie down but don?t sleep,? and ?Worm?s crotch.? The festival, whose roots lie in a tradition of carnal indulgence before the austere Roman Catholic season of Lent, officially ends next Wednesday. Major carnival parades and other festivities will also take place in other cities, including Sao Paulo, Brazil?s biggest metropolis, and Salvador, a city in the northeast.
  4. 2017 was undoubtedly a great year for Rajkummar Rao. Rao not only proved that he is one of the most talented actors in Bollywood, but also showed the world that he is here for the long run. From 'Newton', 'Bareilly Ki Barfi', 'Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana', to 'Behen Hogi Teri' and 'Bose'; Rao literally ruled the box-office this year with his back to back brilliant performances. © instagram And he completely deserves all the awards and respect in the world because this man works really hard and gives his all to the movies he works on. Earlier this year, he posted his transformation pictures on Instagram, which proves that things were never easy for him and that he has achieved all this only and only through hard work and dedication. #AnActorsLife #Building a character. From Behen Hogi Teri to Trapped to currently shooting for #Bose. Nothing gives me more high than preparing and living a character. A post shared by Raj Kummar Rao (@rajkummar_rao) on Jul 4, 2017 at 10:42pm PDT After impressing us with his exceptional performances, Rao is back to make 2018 scarier for us with his upcoming horror-comedy flick alongside Shraddha Kapoor. The movie is directed by Amar Kaushik and written by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK. For quite some time, reports of Rajkummar and Shraddha featuring together in a movie were making rounds. The news was further confirmed when Shraddha posted a picture of her with Rajkummar Rao, teasing us about the movie. But..... what's the title? Readings with the absolutely fantastic @RajkummarRao Horror-comedy time! ð» pic.twitter.com/DdjO3T1gM8 — Shraddha (@ShraddhaKapoor) 8 January 2018 Well, guess what, now the movie has a name and the title is completely unexpected yet intriguing. Rajkummar revealed the title of the movie on Twitter and announced that shoot has already started for the movie. The title of the movie is 'Stree'. We have a title! Shoot starts on our horror-comedy #Stree. Exciting schedule ahead! @ShraddhaKapoor Directed by Amar Kaushik Written by Raj&DK Produced by Dinesh Vijan, Raj&DK pic.twitter.com/uoyPtTTkdD — Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) 11 January 2018 Apart from 'Stree', Shraddha will also star opposite our beloved Baahubali Prabhas in the upcoming thriller 'Saaho'. She will also work next to Shahid Kapoor in 'Batti Gul Meter Chalu'. As for Rajkummar, he will be seen in 'Fanne Khan' alongside Aishwarya Rai and Anil Kapoor.
  5. Dairy group Lactalis' logo is seen at the food exhibition Sial in Villepinte, near Paris, France, October 17, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Files PARIS: French prosecutors have opened a probe into salmonella contamination and a major international recall of baby milk produced by dairy giant Lactalis, a legal source told AFP on Tuesday. The investigation will focus on possible charges of causing involuntary injuries and endangering the lives of others but also possible cheating and failures in carrying out a product recall, the source said. Reports of some 20 children falling sick after consuming Lactalis powdered milk ? sold under several different brand names in France and abroad, including Picot and Milumel ? first emerged in early December. The company, one of the world's largest producers of dairy products, ordered a first major recall on December 10 of nearly 7,000 tonnes of packets produced by a contaminated factory in Craon, northwest France. At the time, it said it did not know how much of the potentially dangerous powder had been consumed or was in shops around the world and it announced a second, wider recall on December 21. The group has now recalled all of its production from the Craon factory since February 15, blaming the contamination on renovation work carried out earlier this year. Lactalis could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. The product withdrawals have affected consumers in countries as far afield as China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Britain and Sudan, underlining the company's global reach and the difficulty in tracing all the potentially at-risk powder. The scare prompted Dutch value-for-money retailer Kruidvat to pull some of its own-brand infant milk off the shelves as a precaution because of the salmonella contamination at the Craon site, which produces one of the Dutch product's ingredients. Salmonella symptoms include severe diarrhoea, stomach cramps and vomiting. The illness ? caused by intestinal bacteria from farm animals ? is especially dangerous for the very young and elderly because it can cause severe dehydration. The baby milk industry was shaken by a huge scare in China in 2008 when local manufacturers were found to be bulking their product with an industrial chemical. Six babies died and around 300,000 others were made ill. The scare in the vast and growing Chinese market benefited rival companies such as Lactalis and fellow French giant Danone, which were more expensive but were seen by consumers as safe and high quality. 16 babies hospitalised A total of 35 infants have fallen sick with salmonella poisoning in France since August including 16 who were hospitalised, an unusually high number that sparked fears of an epidemic. Of these, 31 were found to have consumed Lactalis products from its factory in Craon, which was shut down on December 8 for a major cleaning. The company believes the salmonella outbreak can be traced to an evaporation tower used to dry out the milk at the factory it acquired in 2006. The plant had suffered salmonella contamination the previous year. Quentin Guillemain, the father of a three-month-old baby who drank the milk but did not fall ill, has filed a complaint against Lactalis and the UFC Que Choisir consumer association announced plans to do so. Guillemain has set up a support group for the families of infants sickened by the milk. The legal probe was opened by prosecutors in Paris specialised in public health issues.
  6. Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc fell as much as 3.3 percent after a report that public health officials are investigating a possible illness outbreak in one of the company?s restaurants in Los Angeles. An email from the Los Angeles Health Department?s Acute Communicable Disease Control unit says the agency ?is aware of reports of illness and is investigating? according to the Business Insider report. Chipotle said the company is aware of a few online reports, but there is no clinical validation associated with them. The company also said it has not been contacted by customers directly to substantiate these claims. At least three reports from customers on iwaspoisoned.com say they suffered from vomiting and diarrhea after eating at a Chipotle restaurant located at 4550 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. However none of the customers said they visited a doctor.
  7. 2017 has been a great year when it comes to films in the horror genre. Right from novel adaptations to prequels, horror films kept us glued to our seats and gave us major spooks. Where on one hand, 'It' smashed all box office records and gained immense popularity in the opening weekend, the 'Conjuring' series presented another version of the demonic doll 'Annabelle' and attracted record-breaking footfall at the theatres. Here are the top 10 horror movies, which made 2017 a historic year. It Directed by Andy Muschietti, 'It' broke all records and became the highest grossing horror film of all time. The haunting bogeyman of Stephen King's novel was devilish and spookier than the previous version of the film. The story builds up when a small boy named George disappears inside a drain while running behind his boat. The series of incidents that follow later are meaningful and scary enough to cause jitters. 'It' or Pennywise, the dancing clown made us realize that a horror movie is just not about fear but more than that. Get Out Nominated for his first Golden Globe, actor Daniel Kaluyya describes the film as a well-documented version of everyday experiences. This thriller cum horror has a plot that sends chills down your spine and keeps you glued till the end. 'Get Out' is nominated in the Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, and star Daniel Kaluuya scored a Best Actor nomination in the category for Golden Globes. Annabelle: Creation 'Annabelle: Creation' is the fourth film in the 'Conjuring' franchise. The film depicts how the cursed doll came into being and killed many through her evil existence. The demon inside the doll possesses a teenage orphan and makes her kill others. Split Directed by celebrated director M. Night Shyamalan, the film is based on the existence of 23 different personalities inside an individual. James McAvoy beautifully carries out the role and arouses the real 'beast' in him. This is a performance of a lifetime and is worthy of many awards this season. Raw A teenage French-Belgian horror drama depicts cannibalism at its best. A young girl's taste for human skin is intoxicating and thrilling at the same time. 'Raw' has no space for criticism, but applause. Prevenge The characters in 'Prevenge' are expressive and easily make you delve into imagination, it would be better to call it a 'slasher', right on its mark. Directed by Alice Lowe, the story of a pregnant serial killer is much consuming and smartly puts the viewer in amazement. Gerald's Game Another Stephen King's story comes to the big screen with a captivating screenplay and great performances. A combo of horror and thrill, the film is based on how a *** game turns into the worst form of terror for Jessie, whose husband Gerald dies during the game while she is handcuffed. The Shape of Water Directed by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, the film has received seven Golden Globe nominations this year. Described as a 'creature feature and a melodrama' by Business Insider, the film presents a compelling story of a mute woman serving as a cleaning lady at a top-secret United States government lab during the 1960s, when she develops a relationship with a creature in the lab. A Dark Song This Irish horror is a story of a woman and an occultist played by Catherine Walker and Steve Oram respectively, who indulge into practicing black-magic rituals and fall prey to something terrifying – A result of witchcraft. This is a powerful portrayal of how a minimum budget film yields a worth-watch affair. Mother Jennifer Lawrence tries stepping into different shoes every time, and this time her performance is noteworthy. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, 'Mother' is pretty similar to 1968 film 'Rosemary's Baby'. Though the film has been called an artist's auto-critique, Javier Bardem and Lawrence together make it a strong affair.
  8. LILONGWE: Police in Malawi have arrested 200 suspected members of vigilante mobs that have been killing people they believe are vampires, a spokesman said on Tuesday. Nine people have been killed since mid-September in southern Malawi where there is a widespread belief in witchcraft. The violence has prompted the United Nations and the US embassy to declare some parts of the country no-go zones. The attacks spread last week to Blantyre, Malawi?s second largest city where a 22-year-old man was stoned then burned to death and another was stoned to death. Both were accused of bloodsucking, although medical experts deny the existence of vampirism in Malawi. Amos Daka, head of the Medical Society of Malawi, said his group was not aware ?that any one has adequate clinical evidence to support any of the many claims to date.? President Peter Mutharika has visited parts of the country affected by the violence. This month, the United Nations pulled staff out of two areas in southern Malawi.
  9. Asad Shafiq in action during Dubai Test DUBAI: Asad Shafiq, after scoring a sure-footed century, remained the only hope as Pakistan staggered trying to save the Test series in the opening session of the final day of Dubai Test on Tuesday. Shafiq brought up his 100 off 151 balls, as he and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed took Pakistan past 200, chasing a target of 317 in a thrilling final day of the day-night Test. Sarfraz, however, fell to a Perera delivery for 68 off 130. Mohammad Amir was the next to depart, leaving Pakistan at 230-7, and Shafiq survived an lbw scare soon afterwards. On Monday, both Shafiq and Sarfraz hit fighting half-centuries to thwart Sri Lanka and set up an enthralling finish. Shafiq scored an unbeaten 86 while Sarfraz was 57 not out as they lifted Pakistan from a perilous position at 52-5 to 198-5 at close after being set a daunting target of 317. The pair added 146 for the unbroken sixth-wicket stand to leave Pakistan needing another 119 runs with five wickets in hand to level the series. Sri Lanka won a nail-biting first Test in Abu Dhabi by 21 runs. Both Shafiq and Sarfraz batted confidently to raise hopes of Pakistan maintaining their unbeaten record in nine Test series in the United Arab Emirates, their adopted home since 2009. Shafiq brought up his 19th Test fifty with a well-timed cover drive off fast bowler Suranga Lakmal, his first 50-plus score in 12 innings. Sarfraz smashed part-timer Kusal Mendis for his fourth boundary to complete his 14th Test half-century. Pakistan made a disastrous start when opener Sami Aslam fell for one, caught in the slips off Lahiru Gamage. Opener Shan Masood and Azhar Ali (17) added 31 for the second wicket before the batting collapse began with Azhar caught off fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep for 17. Earlier, paceman Wahab Riaz grabbed four for 41 and left-arm spinner Haris Sohail took three wickets in a single over to dismiss Sri Lanka for 96 in their second innings.
  10. Police have cordoned off roads around the station in Islington. Image via: Tara Mikhael's Twitter account (@Taramikhael) LONDON: British police said they carried out a controlled explosion on a suspect package near London?s Angel underground station on Wednesday before allowing the station to reopen. Earlier, London?s transport authority said the station was closed while authorities responded to a security alert outside. "Got told to run from Angel by police and heard 2 explosions," Twitter user Mason Moore said, advising others to "avoid [the] area". Britain is at its second-highest level of security alert after several attacks in the country in recent months.
  11. I'll say this once: I scare easily. Like, Paranormal Activity easily. Like Zee Horror (remember that show?) easily. Just the starting track before each episode began would scare the bejesus out of me; not even joking about this one. But, I'm also one curious bloody cat who just can't sit still without knowing what the hell is about to happen to that dumb blonde chick who went out right into the arms of Freddie Kruger and, well, right into his iron claws… Damnit! I even played Bloody Mary once when I was alone in the house… I mean I know that doesn't count because it's so juvenile the word ‘juvenile' sounds more grown up. And believe it or not; nothing happened. Yet, I shivered and shook for a whole week after. Imagine having to have played any one of the following games, then! I would have died half way through the steps, let alone getting through at all! 1. Elevator To Another Dimension No. Of Players: 1 What You Need: A building with at least 10 floors; an elevator; zero interruption © Pexels You enter the lift and press these buttons in the exact order mentioned—4, 2, 6, 2, 10, 5. Don't get off at any of the floors, though. Now, if you do it right, when you reach the fifth floor, a woman is supposed to enter the lift with you. She will ask you where are you going; to which you have NOT to respond, whatsoever. Stay silent and ignore her. Then, without having pressed any other button, the lift will automatically rise to the 10th floor. This time, you get off. It is said that when you get off, you're in a whole new dimension, automatically. When you're done, and want to return, get back to the lift and press the same buttons in the exact same order. Warning: Do not talk to the woman, no matter what. It is believed that those who did have never returned. 2. Three Kings Ritual No. of Players: 1 What You Need: An exceptionally, large room—a huge basement, maybe—with no natural light whatsoever, one candle, two mirrors, three chairs and an object from your childhood. © Pexels You place all of the above mentioned items in this large room, switch off all the lights and ensure that no natural light comes in from anywhere at all. Then, as you exit the room, leave the door open. Go to your own room and go to sleep. At exactly 3:30 am, wake up and go back into the room where you've left the items. You sit down on one of the chairs with the candle lit in your hand and wait till it's 3:33am. Now, keep your eyes locked on the darkest part of the room, nowhere else. If done right, at exactly 3:33am, you will feel a presence with you in the room. It is said that the presence will talk to you about your past. Some people even reported lucid dreaming. Warning: Do not leave any windows open, or any inlet for natural light. While doing the ritual, do not—during any moment of the game—let the candle go out. Do not look into the mirror you left there, either; no matter what you do. 3. Ouija Board No. of Players: No limit, starting from 1 What You Need: An Ouija board, a planchette and some candles © YouTube You sit down in a dark room with no disturbance and start the ritual. An Ouija board is one of the oldest known mediums to contact the spirit world. The board has the English alphabet, numerics 0 to 9 and the words ‘Yes' and ‘No' etched on to it. With the help of a planchette, you summon a spirit by placing it on the board. Once the spirit has made contact you ask them questions that pertain to single answers, varying from ‘Yes' or ‘No' and with the help of the alphabet and numbers, they can answer questions you may have for them. Warning: Never ask the spirit for any kind of proof of being real. When you do that, it is said that you are indirectly, giving it permission to enter into your world. Do not blow out the candles during the ritual, or leave the board midway. 4. Hitori Kakurenbo No. Of Players: 1 What You Need: A stuffed doll, rice, something that is part of you (like, a fingernail or a strand of hair), some red thread, a tub of water, salt water, some source of fire. © YouTube The game, finds its roots in ancient Japan and is called one-man hide and seek, in English. The game is about playing hide-and-seek with a spirit-possessed doll. You get yourself a stuffed doll and take out the stuffing from inside and fill it with rice, instead. Add a strand of your hair, or your finger nail to the rise and then, with the red thread, sew up the doll and wrap it up entirely in red thread. Give your doll a name and then, place it in the tub filled with water. Now, turn off all the lights in your house and fill your mouth with salt water. Go and look for the doll where you left it last—in the tub of water. Don't freak out if you don't find it in the tub. That's the point of the game, remember? You need to continue looking for the doll, though till you find it. When you do, pour the salt water from your mouth on it and then, burn the doll. Now, you hide and wait. You will soon feel a presence in the house. Warning: During the game, never once empty your mouth of the salt water; don't forget to burn the doll, completely. And don't forget to hide. 5. The Midnight Game No. Of. Players: 1 or more What You Need: A candle, a piece of paper, a writing implement, matches or a lighter, salt, a wooden door, and at least one drop of your own blood. © Pexels You start by writing your full name—first, middle and last—on the piece of paper. Put a drop of your blood on the paper and let it soak it in completely. Turn off the lights, go to the wooden door and place the paper with your name, in front of it. Light your candle and place it on top of the paper. Knock on the door 22 times and then, close it. The Midnight Man has entered your house. Pick up the candle again, and start wandering around your house. All you need to do is keep running from him, right till it's 3:33am. If the candle goes out, the Midnight Man is near you. Relight it within the next ten seconds. If you fail to do so, immediately enclose yourself within a circle of salt and remain inside it till 3:33am. The idea is not to get caught. Warning: During the game, never turn on the lights, do not use a flashlight, or a torch or any other form of light and whatever you do, do not go to sleep. If you do get caught, it is said that you hallucinate your greatest fears and your organs are ripped out one at a time. 6. Bath Game No. Of Player: 1 What You Need: Bathtub and shampoo © Pexels Another Japanese origin game, called Daruma-San. You turn off all the lights in your house and go to your bathtub, fill it with water and get in, completely naked. Your head should be on the side that is facing the tap. Now, start washing your hair. And as you start washing your hair, you have to keep repeating these exact words: “Daruma-san fell down.” You have to keep repeating these words throughout the hair wash. You'll start to notice a silhouette of a woman take shape in front of the bathtub. She falls on the tap and injures her eye. You don't stop washing your hair, or repeating the words. When you're done washing your hair, just say this, “Why did you fall in the bathtub?” once. Then, you leave and go to sleep and wait for the next morning. You will start to feel a constant presence around you. Remember to stay away from the presence and maintain a distance. It's about being on the run without letting the presence know that you are. When you feel it getting too close to you, turn around suddenly, pretend to slap with your hand say ‘Kitta'! Warning: Do not stop midway, while washing your hair and never stop repeating the words till you're absolutely done washing your hair. Don not leave the bathtub halfway through and don't forget to implement the actions to keep away from the spirit. 7. The Hooded Man No. Of Players: 1 What You Need: Some sage, salt, a source of fire, a cleansing ritual and a phone line for later. © Pexels Before you start playing the game, you cleanse yourself entirely. Then, burn the sage and spread some salt on your front door. When it's night time, you go and call yourself a cab. Once you're in the cab, shut the door and go to sleep. It is said that you will wake up at exactly 3:30am; you look at the time and then, you g back to sleep. When you wake up again, you will see a hooded man at the steering wheel. The road you're on will seem unfamiliar to you, because you're in another dimension. Other passengers may enter the cab and you ignore them. You keep driving around in the unknown world. And when you want to go back, you simply lean over and whisper to the Hooded Man that you have reached your destination. Then, you fall asleep again. When you wake up, you will find yourself in your house. Warning: Do not talk to the passengers who board the cab in the new world. Do not ask where you are, or where you are going. Once you begin the ritual, you have to follow through. Whatever you do, do not panic, or call anyone while you're on your way. 8. Closet Game No. Of Players: 1 What You Need: A closet, A matchbox, one unlit match and a lighter for later. © YouTube Turn off the lights in your house and enter your closet; make sure it's dark. Once you're standing inside the closet, hold up the unlit match and say the following words out loud: “Show me the light or leave in darkness.” The moment you hear someone whispering near you, light the match. Once you light the match, step out of your closet while making sure that the match doesn't go out. Warning: Do not fail to light the match, do not look around for the voices and whisperings. Just light the match at that very instant and step out of the closet. And afterwards, be careful about opening and taking things out of your closet as it is said that the demon you summon haunts the closet, ever since. While these are games, we do not personally know how many of these consequences are actually true. However, you would do well to just pay heed because prevention is always better than cure. Also, if you have a feeling you cannot follow through, never begin these games. At the end, these games are not for the weakhearted and you should try at your own risk. If any of you have ever played any of these, or other such games, we would love to hear from you. Be careful and stay safe.
  12. A bomb disposal squad is deployed after Belgian police shot at a vehicle in the Brussels district of Molenbeek after the driver of the vehicle claimed to have explosives on board, Belgian broadcaster VRT reported on Tuesday. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir BRUSSELS: A Belgian bomb squad found no explosives after a man who claimed to be carrying a bomb in his car was stopped by police, Brussels prosecutors said on Tuesday, adding there was no evidence he was plotting an attack. The bomb scare was in the district of Molenbeek, a poor area with a large Moroccan Muslim population that was home to the Daesh members who attacked Paris in November 2015. "It's a mentally unstable person," a spokeswoman for prosecutors Ine van Wymersch told Reuters. "The military did not find any explosive in his vehicle." She said that the suspect was from Rwanda and was not known to have a police record. He was detained after leading police on a chase, speeding through a red light, until they fired a shot at the wheels of the car to slow him. "When the police arrested him, he claimed to have explosives so not to take any risk, the army has been called in to check," van Wymersch said. Police cordoned off the area and Reuters witnesses on the scene heard two controlled explosions.
  13. Ronnie Wood performs with the band during a concert on their 'Latin America Ole Tour' in Santiago, Chile February 3, 2016. PHOTO: Reuters LONDON: Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood revealed Sunday that he underwent emergency surgery earlier this year after a cancerous lesion was found on his lung. "I´ve had a fight with a touch of lung cancer," the 70-year-old told the Mail on Sunday´s Event magazine. "There was a week when everything hung in the balance and it could have been curtains -- time to say goodbye." Wood described going for a check-up with the doctor in May, a routine event before the band went on tour. "And then he came back with the news that I had this supernova burning away on my left lung," he said. He spent a week waiting for tests to see if the cancer had spread, determined that he would not have chemotherapy for fear of going bald. "This hair wasn´t going anywhere," he said. When the news came in that it had not spread, he had emergency surgery to remove part of his lung. "I´m OK now. But I´m going to have a check-up every three months. They caught it early," he said. He added: "I was bloody lucky but then I´ve always had a very strong guardian angel looking out for me. By rights I shouldn´t be here." Wood gave up smoking shortly before the birth in May last year of his twin girls with wife Sally, and no longer drinks alcohol or takes drugs. But for decades he lived a rock´n´roll lifestyle, along with fellow Stones hellraiser Keith Richards. "I had this thought at the back of my mind after I gave up smoking a year ago: ´How can I have got through 50 years of chain-smoking -- and all the rest of my bad habits -- without something going on in there?´," he told the paper. When he received the diagnosis, "to be totally honest, I wasn´t surprised". Wood, who joined the Stones in 1975, is the youngest member of the iconic four-piece British rock band. He gave the interview to mark a new book of his paintings and sketches, entitled "Ronnie Wood: Artist".
  14. Farmers throw eggs at a poultry farm in Onstwedde, Netherlands, on August 3, 2017, after the Dutch Food and Welfare Authority (NVWA) highlighted the contamination of eggs by fipronil, a toxic insecticide outlawed from use in the production of food. ANP/AFP/Patrick Huisman BERLIN: Discount supermarket giant Aldi said Friday it was pulling all Dutch eggs from its shelves in Germany over an insecticide scandal that has spread to food stores across Europe. Aldi said it was making the move "purely as a precaution" but acknowledged it could lead to "market shortages" for eggs in Europe's top economy. Authorities in Belgium, Switzerland, and Sweden also said they were tracking shipments and removing eggs, as the impact of the affair widened. Aldi pulled all of the Dutch eggs after it emerged that at least three million tainted with a toxic insecticide had made their way to Germany and been sold. However, Christian Meyer of Lower Saxony ? a regional agriculture minister ? told ZDF public television Friday that it was now believed 10 million contaminated eggs might have reached Germany. Authorities suspect the substance, fipronil, was introduced to poultry farms by a Dutch business named Chickfriend that was brought in to treat red lice ? a nasty parasite in chickens. In large quantities, the insecticide is considered "moderately hazardous" according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and can be dangerous to people's kidneys, liver, and thyroid glands. In Belgium, the Colruyt supermarket said it had removed eggs from two suppliers in July, whose farms were suspected by safety monitors of being contaminated with insecticide. The country's food safety agency (AFSCA) said they had seized eggs before they reached the shelves and deployed "field agents to verify that the necessary measures at the farms are applied". 'Public health at stake' Dutch and Belgian media reports that the substance containing the insecticide was supplied to Chickfriend by a Belgian firm have not been confirmed. However, AFSCA said a criminal probe, in cooperation with prosecutors, had been launched. Eggs were also withdrawn by supermarkets in Switzerland, but the authorities who approved the recall urged people not to panic. "The quantities observed so far do not endanger the health of consumers," said the Swiss Food Safety Authority (OSAV). Sweden's food safety agency said one batch of contaminated eggs had been delivered to a small wholesaler. The European Commission is following the case very closely, as issues of public health are at stake, said spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen. With losses expected to run into millions of euros (dollars), it is another blow for Dutch poultry farmers after 190,000 ducks were culled in November amid a highly infectious strain of bird flu. Marieke van der Molen, the spokesperson for the Dutch public prosecutor's office, said a criminal investigation had been opened to determine the source of the contamination. Belgium's federal food chain security agency (AFSCA) has also launched a criminal probe in cooperation with prosecutors.
  15. Andy Murray reacts during the match/AFP LONDON: Andy Murray survived a scare at Wimbledon on Friday but eventually overcame volatile Italian Fabio Fognini in four sets with a dramatic surge to dig himself out of trouble. The British defending champion triumphed 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 on Centre Court, winning five consecutive games in the fourth set and saving five set points to book himself a spot in the fourth round. Murray struggled to find his rhythm throughout the match or read what was his third unpredictable opponent in a row after Alexander Bublik and Dustin Brown. The world number one faces France´s unseeded Benoit Paire on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals. "I served it out really well to finish. But it was a very up and down match. I didn´t feel like it was the best tennis at times. It was a little bit tense but I managed to get through," Murray said. "It´s obviously difficult when you´re playing a guy who has all of the shots like him. He generates power with very short swings. It´s difficult to see when he´s going to hit the ball big. He was taking me out of my rhythm. "It was also getting dark towards the end. We would probably had to have come off and closed the roof had I lost that fourth set so you´re thinking a little bit about that as well, a change of conditions and a 20-minute break to think about things before playing a fifth set. So obviously pleased to get off in four." Murray had been struggling with a hip problem before Wimbledon but insisted it had not flared up and hampered him during his third round match with 28th seed Fognini. "I feel ok. I didn´t feel like I moved as well as I did in the first couple of matches but I´ve got a couple of days´ break now where I can work on that and hopefully get myself in a good rhythm over the weekend and come out and play some good tennis on Monday," he said. "I´m happy to get through the first week and anything can happen from now." Fognini was docked a point for obscene behaviour. After losing a point, Fognini responded by sucking on his finger. It was deemed an obscene gesture by umpire Damien Dumusois and, having already been warned for abuse of his racket, Fognini was docked a point and lost the game. Fognini, one of the more combustible players on the tour, already owns the record for the biggest single fine in Wimbledon history after being penalised $27,500 in 2014. "He won. That´s sport. But it´s OK," said Fognini. "Right now I don´t feel really happy but I´m really happy about my performance, my tennis." Federer and Djokovic take centre stage Roger Federer celebrates winning the second round match against Serbia?s Dusan Lajovic/Reuters Centre Court fans at Wimbledon will be hoping to see a bit more of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on Saturday when they play back-to-back third round matches. The last time Djokovic and Federer played successive matches on tennis´ most famous stage, fans were left short changed as both of their first-round opponents quit midway through the second set with injuries. Latvia´s Ernests Gulbis, once a top 10 player but now ranked 589th, and Germany´s Mischa Zverev are unlikely to disappear quite as easily however, and are likely to pose the first real tests to Djokovic and seven-times champion Federer. Women´s top seed Angelique Kerber has been finding her grasscourt feet following her struggles in the first half of the season and will be hoping to continue her resurgence against American Shelby Rogers. Agnieszka Radwanska, runner-up here in 2012, will open Centre Court proceedings against Swiss Timea Bacsinszky. Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be back to complete the fifth set of his encounter against Djokovic´s 2016 conqueror Sam Querrey. With additional input from Reuters
  16. Paris's biggest airport Charles de Gaulle was evacuated due to security fears (Image courtesy: Daily Star UK) ROISSY-CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT: At least 2,000 people were evacuated from Paris's main airport on Saturday and eight flights cancelled after an individual went into a "restricted area" without going through security controls, airport sources said. "We had to evacuate to 'decontaminate' the zone, meaning check to make sure no object had been left," said one of the sources. The evacuations were from a zone in terminal 2F at the Charles de Gaulle airport that passengers access after passing through security and before boarding, a second source said. "Police searched the terminal from top to bottom and found no suspicious object," the source added. The incident also led to about 20 flights being delayed. Charles de Gaulle airport is Europe's second-biggest airport, with some 180,000 passengers transiting through one of its eight terminals each day. France remains under a state of emergency following a wave of militant assaults over the past 18 months that has left more than 230 people dead since 2015.
  17. TURIN: More than 1,500 people were injured, three seriously, after a bomb scare triggered a stampede among Juventus fans watching the Champions League final in Turin, local authorities said Sunday. In an update on Saturday's dramatic events in a square packed with supporters watching the Cardiff match on a giant screen, the local prefecture said 1,527 had been treated for mainly minor injuries. Three people were in a serious condition, including a young boy of Chinese origin who was crushed after tripping as he tried to run. "We were buried under bodies," his sister told reporters outside the hospital where he was reported to be in a coma with chest injuries. AFP reporters who witnessed the scenes said the panic seemed to have been triggered by fireworks, followed by one or more people shouting that a bomb had exploded -- a notion that quickly filtered through the crowd. The incident compounded a miserable night for fans of Turin-based Juventus, who lost the final 4-1 to Real Madrid. It also underlined the impact recent acts of terror are having on a jittery public across Europe, and the dilemmas now faced by organisers of any mass gathering of people following the Bataclan, Paris and Manchester concert attacks. "This is a city that lives with anxiety and panic is something that is very difficult to control," said Turin Prefect Renato Saccone. Beer bottles The scare in Turin came just minutes before another deadly attack unfolded in London with assailants driving a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then going on a stabbing spree before being shot dead by police. "Even if there have been no Islamist attacks in Italy, the panic of last night shows they are achieving their objectives even here," said Roberto Calderoli, a Senator for the Northern League. Several thousand fans had turned up to watch the match in the Piazza San Carlo in downtown Turin. As fear took hold, a rush towards exit points quickly accelerated and the square emptied so quickly it was left strewn with hundreds of shoes ripped off people's feet as they ran. The square was still dotted with shoes, clothes, bags and patches of blood on Sunday morning. The high number of cuts was blamed on beer in glass bottles having been freely available before and during the match from unlicensed vendors. "We heard a noise, then there was a movement of people like a wave and everyone started falling over each other," said Luca, one of the fans caught up in the drama. "I have got blood on me from the people who fell on top of me, people were screaming, jumping over each other," he told AFPTV. "It was really awful - we really thought it was Manchester again." Heysel memories Some of the injuries occurred after a railing around the entrance to an underground car park beneath the square gave way under the weight of the crush, causing some of those injured to fall up to two metres (nearly seven feet) onto tarmac. Local media cited older Juventus supporters present as saying the panic had evoked painful memories of the 1985 Heysel disaster, in which 39 mostly Italian fans died when they were crushed by a collapsing wall before the start of that year's European Cup final, against Liverpool. Another fan, Giulio, said he had been knocked to the ground. "Everyone just trampled over me. I got separated from all my friends. I don't have the slightest idea what happened." Fellow supporter Filippo took refuge in a restaurant in a neighbouring square. "They gave us something to drink and we stayed there until it was calm outside and we went back to find the shoe my daughter had lost." "It was very stressful," added Gaetan. "With everything that is going on nowadays, it's only to be expected. We just panicked and tried to get out of there."