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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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She took her life, but he’s accused of helping her and filming it. Is it murder?

NEWS DESK: On May 5, 16-year-old Jchandra Brown hanged herself at a campground in Payson, Utah. Her friend Tyerell Przybycien is accused of helping her by buying the rope and tying the noose she put around her neck, and the compressed air she used to knock herself out before dying, reported CNN. Przybycien encouraged Brown…

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After spate of suicides, China targets predatory student lending

DENGZHOU, China: In the final hour of his life, Zheng Dexing, 21, checked into a hotel and told family and friends in a flurry of phone messages that he was about to kill himself, reported Reuters. “Don’t come collect my body – it’s too humiliating,” Zheng wrote to his father from Qingdao, the seaside city…

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Cut It Out

 By: Zara Maqbool Its been a year since I have started seeing clients and one feeling that pre-dominates all others after the sessions is a wave of helplessness and an overwhelming need to raise awareness on so many issues that I feel at a loss as to where to start from. Luckily I got this…

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Video: Five victims of Blue Whale Challenge treated in KP

Five people – who came under depression and were on the verge of committing suicide due to the notorious Blue Whale Challenge – were treated by psychiatrists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

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Police arrest teenage ‘masterminds’ of ‘Blue Whale Challenge’

Russian police has claimed to have arrested alleged several teenage masterminds of the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ which has incited several youngsters to commit suicide.

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‘Blue Whale’ challenge hits teenagers in Pakistan

PESHAWAR: ‘Blue Whale,’ the game of horrible suicide challenge, which has reportedly left several teenagers dead in Europe, seems to be hunting down Pakistani youngsters. The Blue Whale Game, also known as “Blue Whale Challenge”, is an Internet “game” that is claimed to exist in several countries, including India. In the game, a series of…

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Govt should block availability of ‘Blue Whale game’ on internet: IT experts

ISLAMABAD: Information Technology Experts here on Thursday stressed on the concerned authorities to block and take action against Online ‘ Blue Whale’ game available on internet, as it was linked to suicide among youngsters. According to a report, Games were a great source of joy and entertainment for teenagers in the past, however, in recent…

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Disturbing internet game gaining notoriety

People from all around the world have committed suicide by taking on the “Blue Whale Challenge”. A student of psychology in Russia named Philipp Budeikin, who was rusticated from a university, stated that he came up with the idea of creating such an “internet game” which will abet such people to commit suicide who “have…

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