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Indian police investigate mystery after 11 members of family found dead and blindfolded in home

Indian police investigate mystery after 11 members of family found dead and blindfolded in homePolice in India's capital said they found 11 bodies in a home in mysterious circumstances on Sunday, 10 of them blindfolded and hanging from the roof. The victims belonged to a family and most had lived in one home in Burari village in the northern part of New Delhi, said police officer Vineet Kumar. Police are investigating whether the victims – four men, three women and four girls – died by suicide or were killed, Kumar said, adding that no suicide note was found. There were no bullet marks on the bodies of the victims, and there was no sign of forced entry into the house, Kumar said. Ten bodies, blindfolded by cotton and pieces of cloth, were found hanging from an iron grill used as a ventilator in the home's courtyard, while the body of a 70-year-old woman was lying on the floor of the house, said a police official who spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with department policy. Indian policemen secure the area near a building where 11 family members were found dead  Credit: AFP  The family was living in the house for more than two decades, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported. It said the house belongs to a businessman who ran a plywood shop and dairy. The newspaper said that at around 8am Sunday, a neighbor with whom the businessman used to go for morning walks went to see him and found the door of the house open and the 10 people, including the businessman, hanging. He raised an alarm and people called the police. "It is a tragic incident. Police are investigating. … Let's wait for their investigation to be over," said New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who visited the scene. In a video posted on Twitter by Kejriwal's ruling party, the neighbors are heard telling Kejriwal that the family was busy with wedding preparations. A neighbor of the family said they couldn't have committed suicide, New Delhi Television reported. The neighbor said he spoke to one of the victims Saturday night and found no sign of any stress, the report said. Indian TV channels broadcast interviews with neighbors who said the family did not have any discord among themselves. Police official Rajesh Khurana told reporters that all angles were being investigated. "We can't rule out anything," he said. 



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Discarded napkin helps US police crack 32-year-old murder mystery

Discarded napkin helps US police crack 32-year-old murder mysteryThe mystery of the sexual assault and murder of a US teenager in Washington state has been resolved 32 years after the crime thanks to a discarded napkin, DNA tests and genetic genealogy. Gary Hartman, 66, has been arrested and is scheduled to appear in court Monday on rape and murder charges in the case, which has long shocked the city of Tacoma, in the northwestern US state. It began on March 26, 1986, when 12-year-old Michella Welch disappeared while playing with her two young sisters at a park.



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Mystery extinct ape discovered in ancient Chinese imperial tomb 

Mystery extinct ape discovered in ancient Chinese imperial tomb An entirely new species of ape has been discovered buried in an ancient tomb in central China. The remains of the now-extinct gibbon, which researchers have named Junzi imperialis, were found in a burial chamber in Shaanxi Province that dates back around 2,300 years. Researchers believe it may be the first ape species to have perished as a direct result of human activities such as hunting. “All of the world’s apes – chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and gibbons – are threatened with extinction today due to human activities, but no ape species were thought to have become extinct as a result of historic hunting or habitat loss,” note scientists at the Zoological Society of London, who led the research. “However, the discovery of the recently extinct Junzi changes this, and highlights the vulnerability of gibbons in particular.” The skull of the extinct Junzi gibbon Credit: ZSL The Junzi are believed to have completely died out less than 300 years ago and could be one of a number of now-extinct gibbon species that once inhabited central China. Lead author Dr Samuel Turvey said the discovery suggests we are currently “underestimating the impact of humans on primate diversity”. “These findings reveal the importance of using historical archives such as the archaeological record to inform our understanding of conservation and stress the need for greater international collaboration to protect surviving populations of gibbons in the wild,” he added. A cranial reconstruction of the Junzi gibbon  Credit: ZSL The partial cranium and lower jawbone of the ape were found in the burial chamber believed to belong to Lady Xia, the grandmother of China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuang, who ordered the building of the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Army sculptures. First excavated in 2004, the tomb contained 12 burial pits that contained animal remains, including leopards, lynx and black bears. Archaeologist Hu Songmei, of the Shaanxi institute, told Science that imperial Chinese burial chambers were commonly arranged in this manner so that the departed could “continue to enjoy the life they knew” in the afterlife. The Junzi gibbon was discovered in an ancient Chinese imperial tomb Credit:  ZSL Gibbons were also regarded as high-status pets and considered to be wise and noble animals during the period of Emperor Qin’s rule up until 210 BC. Today, gibbons are the most endangered of all the ape species due to a loss of their forest habitat, the illegal wildlife trade, the use of their body parts in Chinese medicines and poaching, according to the WWF. The world's most endangered species The Hainan gibbon, found on Hainan Island in southern China, is considered to be the world's rarest mammal, with only 26 still in existence. The full research has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Science. 



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US Embassy in China sends new alert for mystery health issue

US Embassy in China sends new alert for mystery health issueGUANGZHOU, China (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in China sent its second alert in two weeks Friday to its citizens over unexplained health issues that have prompted the evacuation of a number of U.S. government employees working at a consulate in a southern city.



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America revisits 'Pizza Bomber' mystery with new Netflix series

America revisits 'Pizza Bomber' mystery with new Netflix seriesNetflix has now come out with a mini-series on the robbery and returns to a question that has divided opinion for 15 years: was that man, one Brian Wells, a willing accomplice, or was he the unwitting victim of a bizarre plot? The four fast-moving episodes of “Evil Genius,” directed by Barbara Schroeder and Trey Borzillieri, look back at all the puzzles that made up this heist in Erie, a small city in the Great Lakes region. In his hand he carries pages of rambling, hand-written instructions for a sort of a scavenger hunt for keys and combinations hidden around Erie that would remove the collar.



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Mystery 'Wolf-Like' Animal Reportedly Shot In Montana, Baffles Wildlife Officials

Mystery 'Wolf-Like' Animal Reportedly Shot In Montana, Baffles Wildlife OfficialsMontana wildlife officials are puzzled by the carcass of wolflike animal they



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Man who shot 2 deputies in Florida was mystery to neighbors

Man who shot 2 deputies in Florida was mystery to neighborsTRENTON, Fla. (AP) — A man who investigators say killed two sheriff's deputies in rural north Florida was a mystery figure in the small agricultural community rocked by the shooting.



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Child Abuse Claims Could Be Key to Answering Mystery Question in California Cliff Crash: Why?

Child Abuse Claims Could Be Key to Answering Mystery Question in California Cliff Crash: Why?The family moved from Minnesota to Oregon to Washington as child welfare agencies and schools launched investigations



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Mystery over identity of 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy finally solved by FBI

Mystery over identity of 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy finally solved by FBIA century-long mystery over the identity of a 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy has finally been solved by the FBI. It took a forensic scientist at the FBI, using advanced DNA sequencing technology, to say definitely that the head belonged to the governor himself. Odile Loreille, an FBI biologist, drilled into a tooth extracted from the skull, collected the powder and dissolved it in a chemical solution.



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Beijing shrouded in security, speculation over mystery North Korean guest

Beijing shrouded in security, speculation over mystery North Korean guestWith Beijing under heavy security as a mystery North Korean delegation visited the Chinese capital, internet users scrambled to stay a step ahead of censors on Tuesday as China’s tightly controlled state media remained silent. One car, a stretch Mercedes limousine, was believed to be transporting a senior North Korean official, possibly leader Kim Jong Un, who had never been known to make a journey abroad since assuming power after his father died in 2011. On Tuesday, Chinese internet users kept each other abreast, speculating about the enigmatic guests’ visits to Beijing sites including Zhongguancun, one of China’s technology hubs, before the entourage is believed to have boarded the train they had arrived on a day earlier.



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