While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Aug 11 edition

India arrests 27 after 'witch-hunt' massacre of tribal women accused of sorcery

India must do more to tackle the practice of witch-branding among tribal communities, activists said on Monday following the murder of five women accused of sorcery.

The victims, aged 35 to 52, were dragged out of their rural homes in the eastern state of Jharkhand in the early hours of Saturday and beaten and stabbed to death by villagers who accused them of killing a youth.

Police have arrested 27 people following the attack, but activists said a string of similarly horrific killings this year shows an urgent need to tackle the root causes of the practice and enforce the law.


US consulate in Turkey targeted by female terrorists as wave of attacks kills at least 8

Two women shot at the United States consulate in Istanbul on Monday and at least eight people were killed in a wave of separate attacks on Turkish security forces, weeks after Ankara launched a crackdown on ISIS, Kurdish and far-left militants.

The NATO member has been in a heightened state of alert since starting its "synchronised war on terror" last month, including air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq. It has also rounded up hundreds of suspected militants at home.

A far-left group that killed a Turkish security guard in a 2013 suicide bombing of the U.S. embassy in Ankara claimed it was involved in Monday's attack.


Two killed in knife attack at Ikea store in Swedish city

Two people were killed and one seriously injured in a knife attack yesterday at an Ikea store in the city of Vasteras, about an hour west of the Swedish capital Stockholm.

"A man and a woman with stab wounds were found at the scene. They later died of their injuries," a police statement said.

"Another person is seriously injured. One man has been arrested. He is suspected of murder."


'Cannibal' seagulls terrorise British holidaymakers

 A familiar presence at Britain's seaside resorts, seagulls have this summer spread fear after ambushing holidaymakers as they tuck into their fish and chips, and even attacking pets.

The country's tabloid newspapers have had a field day, with headlines including: "Seagull stole my iPhone" (The Sun), "Moment killer seagull turns cannibal" (The Daily Mail) and "Psycho seagulls keep out illegals" (Daily Express).

Even the broadsheets have joined in, with The Sunday Times warning that "Gull gangs learn new tricks to steal your seafront snacks".


Climate: Butterflies on brink of extinction, says study

Only aggressive efforts to rein in global warming coupled with a rethinking of the British countryside will save many native species of butterfly, according to a study published Monday.

"Widespread, drought-sensitive butterfly population extinction could occur as early as 2050," scientists reported in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Under a business-as-usual scenario of continued greenhouse gas emissions, the odds that certain British Isles species will make it beyond mid-century are "around zero", the study concludes.