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    Pakistan: Home-made brew with aftershave kills 34

    Islamabad - Pakistani police on Wednesday caught three men accused of preparing home-made liquor mixed with aftershave that killed 34 people, including a fourth suspect, after they consumed the toxic brew on Christmas Eve.

    More than a hundred people were also sickened in the incident, one of the country's deadliest cases of mass alcohol poisoning, which happened in a Christian neighbourhood in the town of Toba Tek Singh about 340km south of Islamabad.

    "Four people have been identified who prepared and distributed the toxic liquor," senior police official Atif Imran, who is investigating the case, told AFP, adding the group had also consumed the alcohol themselves.

    "One of them died because of the liquor, two others are in critical condition while the fourth is in police custody," he added.

    The suspect in police custody had confessed to preparing the brew by mixing it with 20 litres of aftershave and other chemicals.

    The development was confirmed by another senior police official Usman Akram Gondal.


    Though legal breweries exist in Pakistan, alcohol sales and consumption are banned for Muslims and tightly regulated for minorities and foreigners.

    While wealthy Pakistanis buy foreign alcohol on the black market at heavily inflated prices, the poor often resort to home brews that can contain methanol, commonly used in anti-freeze and fuel.

    Eleven Christians died in October after consuming toxic liquor at a party in Punjab province.

    In October 2014, 29 drinkers were killed after consuming methanol-tainted liquor over the Eid public holidays.
     
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    Husband and wife discover they are biological twins after IVF clinic performs routine DNA test


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    A married couple discovered they were biological twins after getting a routine DNA test at an IVF clinic because they were struggling to conceive naturally.

    The couple, who met in college, had attended the clinic in Mississippi in the hope that it would be able to help them have their own child.

    But instead the doctor was forced to tell the shocked pair that they were brother and sister.

    "During the process we take a DNA sample from both the male and female to get a profile of their genetic backgrounds", the doctor, whose name has been withheld to protect the patients’ identities, told the Mississippi Herald.

    “It's just a routine thing and we wouldn't normally check to see if there was a relationship between the two samples, but in this case the lab assistant involved was shocked by the similarity of each profile.”


    The doctor said his initial reaction was that they might be first cousins, which he said “happens sometimes” but then he noticed the very close similarities.

    He checked the patient file and saw they had the same birthdays listed in the same year – 1984.

    He then realised the husband and wife must be biological twins but did not know if they were already aware.

    “It was a difficult subject to raise,” he said. “They burst out laughing when I asked them if they were twins.

    “The husband said a lot of people remarked on the fact they shared the same birthday and looked similar but they said it was just a funny coincident and they were definitely not related.

    The doctor says he continued to insist that the pair were twins and had DNA evidence to back it up, after which the wife "pleaded" with him to admit he was joking.

    "I wish that I was, but they had to know the truth," he said.

    The couple had met in college and hit it off due to their similar backgrounds – they had both been adopted after their parents had died.

    The pair’s biological parents had died in a car crash and, due to a filing error, neither of their adopted families were told they had a twin.

    According to the doctor, the husband and wife are now considering their future together but are thought to be exempt from facing criminal charges for incest due to the unusual nature of their case.

     
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