BABIES BORN AT WEEKEND MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN FIRST WEEK
Babies born in English NHS hospitals at weekends are more likely to die within seven days than those born on a weekday, according to a study published today (25.11) in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Researchers from Imperial College London estimate that there are around 770 extra newborn deaths and 470 more maternal infections each year than if performance were consistent across the whole week. The study into "the weekend effect" also suggests increased rates of other complications for mothers admitted and babies born at weekends.
HOSTAGES IN NORTHERN FRENCH TOWN SAFE, GUNMAN KILLED
French police killed one man after his armed group took a bank manager and his family hostage in a northern town yesterday (24.11), security officials said, adding that there was no terrorist link. A group of heavily armed men wielding Kalashnikovs tried to seize the manager of a local bank in Roubaix in an effort to force him to open the safe, local prosecutor Frederic Fevre told the press. When police arrived, the manager managed to escape from his home. However, the assailants remained holed up in his house, taking his wife, their daughter and their 11-month-old baby hostage.
VERDICTS IN BLATTER AND PLATINI CASES DUE IN DECEMBER
The judgement arm of FIFA's ethics committee on Monday opened a case against the body's suspended president Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, with a verdict in the corruption allegations surrounding both men due next month. The panel of judges, known as the adjudicatory chamber, received the final report from the ethics committee's investigative branch on Saturday, which called for sanctions to be levelled against both men.
GOVERNMENT TO ANNOUNCE PLAN TO RESETTLE 25,000 REFUGEES
Canada’s new Liberal government will announce details of how it intends to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees today (24.11). Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hasn’t backed down from a pledge to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by December 31 despite pushback by some following the deadly attacks in Paris. “Everyone agrees that Canada must do more and must welcome 25,000 refugees,” Trudeau said after meeting them late Monday.
BELGIAN POLICE ARREST 21 IN RAIDS, SALAH ABDESLAM AT LARGE
Belgian prosecutors announced Monday that police had detained 21 people in 27 anti-terror raids but that Paris fugitive Salah Abdeslam was not among them. Despite the raids, Belgian authorities maintained their highest terror alert in the capital for a third straight day. Federal prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt said 19 raids were carried out in Molenbeek and other suburbs of Brussels and three raids were carried out in other cities.
TWO FEMALE PALESTINIAN ATTACKERS 'NEUTRALISED' NEAR JERUSALEM MARKET
Two Palestinian women stabbed two Israelis with scissors near a central Jerusalem market on Monday before being “neutralised” by security forces, police said. One of the attackers was killed, while the other was seriously wounded, she said. Two male victims, aged 27 and 80, were taken to hospital with light injuries, Israel’s medical service said. There were no further details on their identities.