December 27, 2011 in Nation/World

In brief: Teen killed in shopping district

From Wire Reports

LONDON – A teenager was fatally stabbed and a second man wounded in attacks on London’s most famous retail street as thousands of shoppers flocked to Britain’s capital seeking post-Christmas bargains.

The killing of the 18-year-old man on Oxford Street on Monday did little to deter shoppers crowding into neighboring stores in the landmark shopping district.

Authorities said the teenage victim died before medics could administer help, while amateur video footage showed police struggling to part large crowds of shoppers to allow emergency vehicles to reach the man.

Flooding death toll nears 1,500

MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from flash floods that swept away entire villages in the southern Philippines has climbed to nearly 1,500 as authorities widen their search for bodies.

The Office of Civil Defense’s latest tally today listed 891 dead in Cagayan de Oro and an additional 451 in nearby Iligan city. The rest came from several other provinces. Most of the dead are unidentified.

Paper must pay for churro burns

SANTIAGO, Chile – Chile’s Supreme Court has ordered a newspaper to pay $125,000 to 13 people who suffered burns while trying out a published recipe for churros, a popular Latin American snack of dough fried in hot oil.

The publisher of La Tercera must pay 11 women and two men damages ranging from $279 to $48,000.

The high court’s ruling was announced Monday, seven years after the readers burned themselves while following the recipe.

Judges determined that the newspaper failed to fully test it before publication, and that if readers followed the recipe exactly, the churros had a good chance of exploding once the oil reached the suggested temperature.

Poisoning kills 5 at rehab center

MEXICO CITY – Five recovering drug addicts died and dozens of others were sickened by soy sausage served for Christmas dinner at a rehabilitation center in western Mexico.

Authorities were investigating whether the poisoning at the center in the city of Guadalajara was accidental or intentional. Drug cartels have taken over rehabilitation centers in parts of Mexico, forcibly recruiting addicts as hit men and smugglers. The invasions have led to mass shootings at the centers that have left dozens dead.

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