Rescuers continued a desperate hunt for survivors in ruined Beirut

Rescuers continued a desperate hunt for survivors in ruined Beirut on Tuesday as it emerged the Lebanese capital was hit by the equivalent of a nuclear blast. A state of emergency was in place as the death toll from Tuesday’s explosion hit 135 with more than 5,000 injured and 300,000 homeless. However, something is different about those arriving on Lampedusa. Rather than the queues of young males, as in 2011 during the Arab Spring, it is middle-class families with their children and pets packing into the vans. “I lost my job as a hairdresser. I have no money and came … Continue reading Rescuers continued a desperate hunt for survivors in ruined Beirut

The heartbroken mother of a teenager who was drugged and raped on holiday has issued a serious warning to young people to be wary of dangerous predators

The heartbroken mother of a teenager who was drugged and raped on holiday has issued a serious warning to young people to be wary of dangerous predators.  Julie Crowe, 18, was on holiday in Zante, Greece, with her friends last summer when she was targeted. Already Mahdieh Ghassemi, 38, from Toronto, had received a text message from Nitin Malhotra, her worried boss back home. “Have a safe flight,” he said. Mr Malhotra, who runs an architectural practice, told Canadian television that he had tried to persuade his colleague not to go to Iran. Her husband, Hamid Niazi, had stayed in … Continue reading The heartbroken mother of a teenager who was drugged and raped on holiday has issued a serious warning to young people to be wary of dangerous predators