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NEW YORK: Police in New York City yesterday were hunting for a woman in her 20s suspected of pushing a man to his death under an oncoming subway train, the second such incident in less than a month.
The incident happened on Thursday evening at about 8 pm (0100 GMT Friday) at a station on the number 7 line in the Queens borough, police said.
The suspect - who was speaking to herself as she paced along the platform, according to witnesses - pushed the man as the train was pulling into the station. He apparently had his back to the woman and did not see her.
Police released surveillance camera video footage via Twitter showing a woman running from the scene. The victim was not immediately identified. His death was eerily similar to that of a 58-year-old man killed on December 3 when he was pushed onto the tracks during a fight with a deranged man in a Manhattan subway station. The assailant has been charged with murder.
A New York Post front page picture of the man on the tracks a split-second before he was killed by the oncoming train provoked public fury as to why no one helped him - and why the tabloid newspaper published the photo.
Several million people use the New York City subway system every day, but incidents of this kind are extremely rare. Before the December 3 death, the last time someone was pushed onto the rails and hit by a train was in 2010. The woman survived.
Madrid doctors lift indefinite strike
MADRID: Specialist doctors in Madrid lifted an indefinite strike yesterday after failing to prevent a plan to privatise the management of hospitals and health care centres in the region. The strike was launched November 26 against the Madrid regional government plan to privatise management of 27 medical centres and six hospitals. “We have called off the strike because for us it was not an end but a means, it was the only means of applying pressure,” said Fatima Branas, spokeswoman for the association of medical specialists in Madrid.
Zuma calls for ‘cleansing ceremony’
JOHANNESBURG: President Jacob Zuma has called for a “national cleansing ceremony” led by archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu to help reset South Africa’s moral compass, local media reported yesterday. Zuma said the ceremony was necessary in the light of incidents such as Marikana - when 34 miners were killed by police - and crimes such as the rape of elderly women, according to state broadcaster SABC.