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World in brief February 18 2019

JAPAN: Thousands of semi-naked men took part in an ancient Japanese festival in Okayama on Saturday as they tried to find two lucky sticks known as “shingi.”

The ceremony took place at the Kinryozan Saidaiji Buddhist temple with around 10,000 men in white loincloths joining in the hunt.

They were covered in water before setting off to find two 20cm-long sticks that had been thrown into the crowd. The winners are believed to be the luckiest men of the year.

UNITED STATES: Two brothers from Ecuador were detained in Miami last week for allegedly stealing millions of dollars from a now-closed bank, it was announced yesterday.

William and Roberto Isaias are currently waiting to be deported after being found to be “unlawfully present” in the US, authorities confirmed.

The brothers fled Ecuador after the collapse of the Filanbanco and were sentenced to eight years in absentia for embezzlement in 2012.

BANGLADESH: At least nine people have died after a fire tore through hundreds of slums in the Bangladeshi city of Chittagong yesterday.

Authorities confirmed more than 50 people were injured in the fire. Investigations are underway with a short circuit thought to be a possible cause for the blaze.

The fire which began in Bhera Market took around five hours to bring under control.


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