New Zealanders will vote twice over the next two years on whether the country should change its flag, the government said Wednesday. Next year, voters will choose their favourite alternative flag from among several options, and in 2016 they will vote on whether that alternative should replace the current flag, the government said.
In a gruesome murder, a man brutally killed his roommate and then allegedly had sex with her lifeless body. Bryan Santana, 20, of Orlando, who works as a pizza deliveryman was later arrested from a barbershop. He has reportedly confessed to killing Shelby Fazio, 23, by choking her from behind and then stabbing her in the neck. "He stated that he later had sexual intercourse with her body after she was dead," according to his arrest report.
A 79-year-old man cut off his girlfriend's nose, ears, and upper lip and flushed them down the toilet yesterday after he found out that another man was courting her. The woman was treated at a Changhua hospital and is now in stable condition. Doctors said she is currently emotionally unstable. The man, surnamed Huang, used a small knife to pare off the woman's ears, nose and upper lip in the middle of the night.
Two Indonesian teams have been disqualified from an end-of-season tournament after five own goals were scored in a single match, an official said Wednesday (Oct 29), as both sides sought to lose in a bid to avoid facing a team reportedly backed by gangsters. Video footage showed goalkeepers from the two clubs, PSS Sleman and PSIS Semarang, making half-hearted attempts to stop shots and walking away from the goal as the ball approached during Sunday's match in Yogyakarta, on the main island of Java.
Hong Kong media are reporting that one faction of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has attempted to manipulate recent events in order to produce a Tiananmen Square-like massacre in Hong Kong. The goal of the bloodshed would be to bring down Party leader Xi Jinping, according to the reports, which corroborate previous reporting by Epoch Times.
Google has pushed out an update to its search algorithm that is making it even harder for people to discover free movie and music torrents, with sites like Pirate Bay, Isohunt and Torrentz.eu among the worst affected by the rollout. The rollout comes a month after Robert Thomson the chief executive of News Corp — which owns The Times and New York Post titles — attacked Google, calling it “a platform for piracy,” in a letter to the European Commission.
An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles International Airport to London was delayed late Sunday after a concerned passenger reported finding a wireless connection called “Al-Qaeda Free Terror Network” before the plane took off, according to the LAX Police Department. The incident was reported at Terminal 4 around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, LAXPD spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado said in a statement.
A rocket carrying supplies for the International Space Station exploded six seconds after it was launched at Nasa’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Tuesday night, sending a massive fireball into the sky. The rocket, known as the Antares, carried an unmanned cargo ship loaded with 5,000 pounds of supplies such as food, tools, parts and experiments.