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Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain commits suicide

U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s food-and-travel-focused “Parts Unknown” television series, killed himself in a French hotel room, officials said on Friday, in the second high-profile suicide of a U.S. celebrity this week. He was 61. Bourdain, whose career catapulted him from washing dishes at New York restaurants to dining in Vietnam with…

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Congress leader Shashi Tharoor charged over wife’s death

A charismatic Indian opposition figure and former top UN official was charged Monday over the death of his wife, reigniting a mystery that shook the country’s establishment. Shashi Tharoor, 62, is accused of cruelty toward his wife Sunanda Pushkar and abetting her suicide in a five-star hotel room in 2014. Delhi police said on Twitter…

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DJ Avicii ‘could not go on any longer’: family

STOCKHOLM: Swedish superstar Avicii, one of the world’s most successful DJs who died a week ago aged 28, “wanted peace” and “could not go on any longer”, his family said in an open letter on Thursday. The musician, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead on April 20 in Muscat, the capital of…

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‘Austin Powers’ star Verne Troyer passes away

The diminutive actor who starred in the Austin Powers movies’ as “Mini Me”, Verne Troyer, died Saturday at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 49. “It is with great sadness and heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” his family posted on his Instagram account. The cause of death was not announced,…

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US school shootings rise rapidly in two decades: study

Mass shootings at US schools are rising rapidly, killing more people in the last 18 years than in the entire 20th century, said a study Thursday. The report in the Journal of Child and Family Studies tallied mass shootings — events when at least one shooter intentionally killed or injured at least four others — and…

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Suicide machine draws crowds at Amsterdam funeral show

AMSTERDAM: A controversial suicide pod that enables its occupant to kill themselves at a press of a button went on display at Amsterdam funeral show on Saturday. Called the “Sarco”, short for sarcophagus, the 3D-printed machine invented by Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke and Dutch designer Alexander Bannink comes with a detachable coffin, mounted on…

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Suicide machine displayed at Amsterdam funeral show

A controversial suicide pod that enables its occupant to kill themselves by pressing a button was displayed at Amsterdam funeral show on Saturday, reported AFP. Called the ‘Sarco’, short for sarcophagus, the 3D-printed machine invented by Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke and Dutch designer Alexander Bannink comes with a detachable coffin, mounted on a stand…

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Four security personnel martyred in Quetta suicide blast

QUETTA: At least four security personnel embraced martyrdom and six wounded on Wednesday when a suicide bomber struck FC Camp in Quetta, the second incident of violence in less than 12 hours. The attack took place in No Hisar area of the provincial capital. Levies and FC personnel reached the scene and cordoned off the…

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Fidel Castro’s eldest son ‘Fidelito’ commits suicide

HAVANA: The eldest son of late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, committed suicide on Thursday aged 68 after being treated for months for depression, Cuban state-run media reported. According to Reuters, Castro Diaz-Balart, also known as “Fidelito”, or Little Fidel, because of how much he looked like his father, had initially been hospitalized for…

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Pancholi charged over Jiah Khan’s death

MUMBAI: A sessions court in Mumbai has framed charges against Bollywood actor Sooraj Pancholi for allegedly abetting actress Jiah Khan’s 2013 suicide. Judge framed charges against the 27-year-old actor under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code, to which he pleaded not guilty. “Sooraj pleaded innocence and the examination of witnesses will…

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Depressed over hair fall problem, Indian engineer commits suicide

MADURAI: A 27-year-old software engineer committed suicide in Madurai on Sunday as he was frustrated over a hair fall problem, police said, reported Times of India. The deceased has been identified as R Mithun Raj of Jaihindpuram, who was working in a software company in Bengaluru. Police said the techie had a skin problem on…

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K-pop stars carry singer’s coffin after suicide

Kim, 27, was found in a hotel room in Seoul on Monday in what police said was suicide. PHOTO: AFP NEWS DESK: Six of K-pop’s biggest stars carried the coffin of fellow singer Kim Jong-Hyun to a hearse Thursday, after he died leaving behind a suicide note that spoke of his battle with loneliness and…

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Suicide rate among young UK women doubles in a decade

NEWS DESK: Suicides among young women have nearly doubled in the past decade despite overall rates hitting a 20-year low, figures show, reported The Independent. The suicide rate among women between the ages of 20 and 24 is at its highest point on record, with 118 women in this age group taking their own lives…

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Japanese man kills wife and priestess sister with sword in bizarre family feud: media

TOKYO: A Japanese man wielding a sword killed his sister, a Shinto priestess, on the grounds of a Tokyo shrine, then stabbed his wife to death before committing suicide, police and media said. According to Reuters, police declined to comment on a motive for Thursday’s killings or the family feud. Shigenaga Tomioka, 56, attacked Nagako…

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How parents behave is linked to suicide risk: research

MIAMI: Adolescents who feel their parents rarely express interest in their emotional well-being are far more likely to consider suicide than youths who see their parents as involved, US researchers said Tuesday. The findings by the University of Cincinnati come as the suicide rate among teenagers rises in the United States, adding to concern among…

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Chinese general under investigation for corruption commits suicide

BEIJING: A Chinese general has committed suicide after authorities began scrutinising his links to two former top military officials accused of corruption, according to state media. General Zhang Yang, a member of China’s elite Central Military Commission, committed suicide at his home in Beijing on November 23, according to state news organisation Xinhua. Zhang’s death…

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Chinese general kills himself after facing graft probe

Beijing: A Chinese general has killed himself in his Beijing home after becoming the latest top official ensnared by President Xi Jinping’s sweeping anti-corruption campaign, state media said Tuesday. Zhang Yang, a member of the state’s Central Military Commission, was being investigated over connections to two graft-tainted former senior military officers when he hanged himself…

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Facebook trains artificial intelligence to spot suicidal signs

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Monday said stepping up the use of artificial intelligence to identify members of the leading social network who may be thinking of suicide. Software will look for clues in posts or even in videos being streamed at Facebook Live, then fire off reports to human reviewers and speed up alerts to…

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French police officer kills three before committing suicide

A 31-year-old French police officer shot three people dead before turning the gun on himself, in a killing spree sparked by a row with his girlfriend, authorities said Sunday. The news comes with France already grappling with a surge in police suicides this year. The Paris officer, Arnaud Martin, finished his shift on Saturday evening…

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Increasing suicides among young Pakistanis

By Muniba Mahmood Parents need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the changing behavior of young children so that they can protect their loved ones. Recently, Bahawalpur’s University students M. Awais and Anoosha Mushtaq shot themselves in a hotel room after their families refused to fulfill their desire of getting married. Few…

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Mother-in-law’s taunts prompt woman to commit suicide with two daughters

FAISALABAD: A woman committed suicide on Saturday along with her two daughters in Faisalabad after her mother-in-law taunted her with harsh statements. According to the police, the woman committed suicide along with her two daughters by drinking poison. Police further disclosed that the woman’s mother-in-law taunted her by stating that she would get her son…

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