FATAL-FANATIC: An Iraqi soccer fan shot dead a player of the opposing team as he tried to score an equalising goal in the final minutes of a match, police said on Monday.
The shooting on Saturday in Hilla, 100 km south of Baghdad, during a match between local teams, underscored the countryâ€™s propensity to lawlessness even as violence by militant groups falls to lows not seen since mid-2003.
â€œAs soon as Haider Kadhim (the player) was alone in front of the goalkeeper and close to equalising, a fan in the crowd fired a pistol at him,â€ a senior police officer said.
â€œWe arrested this fan immediately but unfortunately the player died.â€
Iraqâ€™s surprise victory in the 2007 Asian Cup brought rare joy and unity to the shattered nation, with Shiâ€™ites, Sunni Arabs and Kurds pouring into the streets to celebrate their teamâ€™s 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the Jakarta final. â€“â€“ Reuters.
AMPHIBIAN-NUPTIALS: Priests married two frogs in Guwahati, northern India, in a ritual to please rain gods.
More than 2 000 wedding guests attended the ceremony as frog bride Bijuli, which means Thunder, and groom Barun, (Wind), tied the knot.
The amphibians were then fed a special celebratory lunch of flies and mosquitoes.
The â€œweddingâ€ was held because the region is suffering problems with chronic drought.
A spokesman for local authorities said: â€œThe marriage went off very well. â€œWe hope that now the rains will finally come. The region is absolutely parched and we need rain. We didnâ€™t know what else to do.â€ â€“â€“ Ananova.
CHILL-PILL: US police said a woman has been arrested for allegedly slipping some tranquilisers into her bossâ€™s coffee because she felt â€œhe needed to chill outâ€.
Police said the 24-year-old woman admitted to detectives that she slipped the drugs into veterinarian John Duckettâ€™s drink. Officers said Duckett knew something was wrong shortly after drinking some of the coffee Tuesday morning. â€“â€“ AP.
TROUSERLESS-CROOK: A German robber was caught after he escaped with his loot â€“â€“ but left his trousers behind.
Thomas Kohler (21) punched taxi driver Daniel Eiffel (53) in the face and made to run off with his mobile phone at Siegburg, near Cologne.
But as he turned to flee the cabbie grabbed his loose fitting trousers â€“â€“ which were torn free as he fled.
Eiffel said: â€œMy natural reaction as he tried to make off with my phone was to grab for him but I could only reach his trousers. He kept struggling and managed to wriggle out of them and run off half-naked.â€
Eiffel called police on a phone he borrowed from a passer-by and gave them a description of the trouserless crook.
Â â€œI didnâ€™t think the police would have a hard job catching a man running round the city in his underwear,â€ he said.
Police successfully arrested the thief at a train station trying to board a train in his underpants. â€“â€“ AP.
YOUTUBE-ARREST: A cannabis grower in the UK got himself arrested after posting videos of his crop on YouTube.
Officers saw footage on the website documenting the stages of growth at his home in Bridgwater, Somerset.
The 25-year-old man made his arrest even easier after posting the clips under his real name.
Police searched the house and seized one large cannabis plant and hydroponics equipment.
Constable Adrian Peck said: â€œHe had been videoing the growth of the plant over a number of months and uploading his horticultural endeavours onto the site to document it â€” providing us with fairly conclusive evidence. â€“â€“ Metro.