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Gang taps unwitting girl’s spinal fluid in Pakistan.

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Police in Pakistan have arrested four suspected members of a gang accused of tapping a 17-year-old girl’s spinal fluid without her knowledge and selling it on the black market.

According to police in the city of Hafizabad, the gang members pretended to be government officials carrying out medical research.

They promised the victim’s father a monthly fee in exchange for his consent to a blood test, saying the money could go towards his daughter’s dowry.

“It’s one of the strangest cases of my career,” Afzal Butt of the Hafizabad police department said.

Spinal fluid helps to diagnose diseases such as cancer and meningitis, but police speculated that the liquid, which is extracted by inserting a needle through the vertebrae, could be sold to
desi hakeems , or homeopaths.

The victim’s father noticed something was wrong on Saturday when his daughter came home feeling weak after the procedure.

Local media reported that the gang had extracted her bone marrow, but Dr Rehan Azhar, a medical superintendent at Hafizabad hospital, said an examination carried out by his staff revealed the injection was made for the purposes of spinal fluid removal.

Bone marrow extraction, he said, was a complicated procedure, while the removal of spinal fluid was relatively simple. He did not know why the gang did it, he said.

After the girl’s father registered a formal complaint with police, officers raided a location in the east of the city, finding a bottle and a syringe.

All four members of the gang are under investigation. Because the victim was stripped naked for the procedure, they could also face charges relating to sexual abuse, Butt said.
Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of Punjab province, has ordered free follow-up medical treatment for the girl and a report on the incident from Hafizabad police.

Hafizabad lies in Punjab’s so-called “kidney fields”, a route between Islamabad and Lahore known for the presence of organ traffickers.

Pakistan outlawed the commercial trade in human body parts in 2010, introducing jail sentence of up to 10 years, but patchy implementation has eroded initial gains against the trade.

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Tourists declared missing after volcano eruption in New Zealand

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A huge plume of white ash soars into the sky was seen after a volcano erupted off the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

Some group of tourist has been declared missing and one reported dead.

Earlier, about 50 people were feared to have been nearby.

The authorities has double their effort by launching helicopters in the affected area.

Hoever, the mobile triage unit has been spotted with medics onboard.

Michael Schade, an engineering manager from San Francisco, was one of the tourists who made it off the island minutes before the eruption.

Schade says, This is so hard to believe,” Schade said. “Our whole tour group were literally standing at the edge of the main crater not 30 minutes before.”

The authorities has responded by assuring thay’re doing everything they can to topple the situation..

 

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Fans Heart-broken as U.S rapper Juice Wrld dies at 21

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US rapper Juice Wrld has died at the age of 21, authorities say.

The musician’s death, first reported by celebrity news website TMZ, has been confirmed by medical authorities in Illinois.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said he died on Sunday. The cause of death is not yet known, the office said.

The rapper, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, was best-known for his viral 2018 hit Lucid Dreams.

Higgins, according to TMZ, died after suffering a seizure at Chicago’s Midway airport Sunday morning.

Chicago police told the BBC a 21-year-old man suffered a medical emergency at around 02:00 (08:00 GMT) local time and was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police have launched an investigation into the death.

The rapper rose to fame in 2018, when hit singles All Girls Are the Same and Lucid Dreams, which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, drew the attention of music fans and record labels.

In early 2018, he was signed by Interscope Records, landing a record deal reported to be worth more than $3m (£2.2m).

He topped the Billboard chart this year with his second album Death Race for Love.

In one of his songs, Juice Wrld rapped about the short lives of artists, saying “all the legends seem to die out”.

Tributes to the rapper have been pouring in on social media, with many writing “RIP Juice Wrld” to pay their respects.

In a tweet, British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding, who collaborated with Juice Wrld on her 2019 single Hate Me, described the rapper as “such a sweet soul” who had “so much further to go”.

Hip hop artist HaHa Davis wrote on Twitter: “Heartbroken @JuiceWorlddd I love you bro.”

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