Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman, known as 'El Chapo', has been sentenced to life in a US prison. He was also ordered to pay £10bn in forfeiture. The sentence came five months after Guzman was found guilty of 10 charges, including money laundering and drug trafficking. He is the former head of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel, thought to be the biggest supplier of drugs to the US.
Who is El Chapo?
El Chapo is one of the world's most infamous drug kingpins, known for his ability to stay one step ahead of justice using a combination of extreme violence and enormous bribes. Under Guzman’s orders, the Sinaloa cartel was responsible for smuggling mountains of cocaine and other drugs into the US during his 25-year reign. During the trial, prosecutors said his “army of sicarios” was under orders to kidnap, torture and murder anyone who got in his way. The trial heard Guzman himself committed a string of murders and drugged and raped girls as young as 13.
He amassed enormous wealth, and was notorious for carrying a diamond encrusted handgun. He entered Forbes' list of the world's richest men in 2009 with an estimated fortune of $1bn. Guzman was extradited to the US after twice escaping jail in Mexico.
Who is El Chapo, Mexico's most notorious gangster? (Yahoo News UK)
How was El Chapo brought to justice? (The Independent)
Snow Patrol’s ballad Chasing Cars has been crowned the most-played song of the 21st Century. Frontman Gary Lightbody has previously said the track is “the purest love song” he has ever written. The anthem failed to reach number one when the indie-rockers released it in 2006, but featured in TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, and a number of movies. Do you think the track deserves the accolade? Read the full story and have your say below
Student guilty of attempted murder over car attack outside Parliament
A student has been found guilty of trying to kill cyclists and police officers outside the Houses of Parliament. Salih Khater, 30, ploughed his Ford Fiesta into a pedestrian and a group of cyclists who had stopped at a red light in Parliament Square on August 14 last year. He then careered into a security lane and crashed into barriers as two police officers jumped out of the way. The Old Bailey heard Khater, of Birmingham, wanted to cause maximum carnage and it was “miraculous” that no-one was killed. Read the full story here (PA Ready News UK)
Musk aims to put brain-reading implant in human by 2020
Elon Musk is hoping patients with severe neurological conditions will be able to test wireless technology connecting the human brain to computers as soon as 2020. Mr Musk’s startup Neuralink has sought approval in the US and has already tested its technology on a monkey, which was able to control a computer with its brain, he said. Scientists have developed a tiny implant with more than 3,000 electrodes, attached to flexible threads measuring about the tenth of the size of a hair, capable of monitoring around 1,000 neurons. It would link up to an app, allowing users to control a mobile device, or a mouse and keyboard on a computer. Read the full story here (PA Science)
This is the moment a soggy leopard was saved from drowning after it fell into a 15ft well. The big cat was saved by a huge team of twenty wildlife rescuers who lowered a wooden crate with a quick-shut door into the deep and murky well The dramatic rescue took place in the village of Fakte near Maharashtra, in India, on Monday. (SWNS)
That’s the huge number of sheep that farmers may be forced to slaughter if they can’t sell them in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman. The government is considering compensating farmers amid warnings they could be forced to slaughter a “large percentage” of British sheep. The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) warned earlier this month that leaving without a deal could see new checks and restrictions immediately imposed on UK exports to the rest of Europe. (Yahoo Finance UK) (PA News)