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  1. controversial 3D-printed death machine designed to send people to the afterlife peacefully will be ‘tested’ by the public for the first time. The ‘Sarco’ is the creation of 70-year-old Australian euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke, also known as ‘Dr Death’. When a button is pressed, the Sarco will fill with nitrogen, resulting in the person losing consciousness after one minute and dying after five minutes. It will be unveiled at the Amsterdam Funeral Fair on Saturday, where attendees can get a glimpse into what it will be like to step in the Sarco using a virtual reality headset. However, the plans have already been met with outrage with the machine being described as ‘gruesome’ and ‘glamorising suicide’. The Sarco is a 3D-printable machine that kills people by hypoxia when oxygen levels are scarce. A person who wants to use Nitschke’s machine to commit suicide has to do an online test to show that they are sane and want to die of their own will. They then receive a four-digit code that is valid for 24 hours. After entering the code into the machine, a special button can be pressed to begin the process. A funeral fair spokesman said that visitors ‘can undergo the entire experience with virtual reality glasses to see if this could be a preferred life ending for them.’ Through the virtual glasses, the visitors can choose a view of the Alps or the sea as their last moment. They then press the suicide button, after which the sight with their virtual reality glasses will slowly turn black. Dr Nitschke developed the Sarco with engineer Alexander Bannick in the Netherlands, with the aim of making it available worldwide. Rather than looking for a ‘dignified’ death, Dr Nitschke says it could a ‘euphoric’ experience. ‘What if we dared to imagine that our last day on this planet might also be one of our most exciting?’ he wrote in an in-depth feature for Huffington Post. ‘It can be transported wherever one chooses’, Dr Nitschke explains, for example facing the Rockies or looking out over the Pacific Ocean. ‘As I say in my workshops, ‘You’re only going to die once, so why not have the best?”, he said. But the introduction of the death machine has been met with heavy criticism from politicians and social workers. A spokesman for Dutch suicide prevention hotline 113 said: ‘All of this seems completely unwanted to us.’ MP Kees an der Staaij of the Christian-conservative Reformed Political Party (SGP) said: ‘It is gruesome. ‘All of us together try to do everything to prevent suicide and then you find a suicide machine on the funeral fair like it is the most normal case in the world. Suicide is not a promotional offer and aiding with suicide is a criminal offence in the Netherlands.’ MP Carla Dik-Faber of the Christian Union: ‘I find it bizarre and worrying that companies are promoting machines which lead to death at a fair.’ Dr Peter Saunders, campaign director at Care Not Killing Alliance told MailOnline Dr Nitschke’s ‘shameless promotion of suicide as an answer to life’s problems puts the lives of vulnerable elderly, depressed and disabled people at grave risk’. ‘He is on public record as promoting assisted suicide to anyone who wants it, ‘including the depressed, the elderly bereaved, (and) the troubled teen’ and runs seminars where he advises on the sourcing, supply and use of barbiturates, helium, nitrogen and other means to end one’s life’, he said. ‘This runs the additional danger of glamorising suicide and promoting suicide contagion and breaches both national and international guidelines on suicide prevention’, he said. Dr Nitschke, who said he never plans to charge for the Sarco design, said that if it came to a point in his own life when he needed to consider euthanasia, he would chose to do it in the machine.
  2. Senteni Masango, the eighth wife of King Mswati III of Swaziland, has allegedly committed suicide after taking an overdose of a pain relief medicine. Her lifeless body was said to have been found in the room. “The king’s wife is believed to have overdosed on about 40 amitriptyline capsules – widely used to block the long-term (chronic) pain of some rheumatic conditions and treat depression and related disorders,” online publication News24 reported. She was buried on Sunday morning. King Mswati III got married to the deceased in September 1990 when she was just 18 years old. Last year, King Mswati III married his latest bride, Siphelele Mashwama, who was aged 19 years. It is a tradition for the Swazi King to choose a wife every year. In Swaziland, tens of thousands of unmarried and childless girls and women travel from the various chiefdoms to participate in the eight-day event during which the king selects a new bride, and would-be brides are publicly checked to ascertain their V!rg!n!ty. King Mswati III was crowned in 1986 at the age of 18, succeeding his long-serving father King Sobhuza II, who died at the age of 82. The king, now aged 50, is known as Ngweyama the lion.
  3. Teenager commits suicide in Jigawa

    The police in Jigawa say a 17-year-old girl has committed suicide by consuming insecticide popularly known as Piyapiya. The Jigawa State Police Command spokesman, SP Abdu Jinjiri, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Monday that the incident happened in the Birnin Kudu Local Government Area of the state. “Information reached us that Gambo Jibrin, aged 17, of Gambara village, was brought to the General Hospital, Birnin Kudu, unconsciously after she was suspected to have drunk a substance suspected to be an insecticide. “Immediately the information was received, detectives were drafted to the hospital to confirm the information. “Unfortunately, the detectives met the victim dead already,” Jinjiri said. He explained that the remains of the deceased had been handed over to her family for burial according to Islamic rites. The police spokesman said investigation had commenced to ascertain the cause of her action.
  4. A young man has reportedly killed himself after school management discovered he forged deposit slips for their fees. The second-year student at George Benson Christian College of Education in Kalomo district of Southern Province, Zambia was found in a decomposed state in the bush away from the school after committing suicide by taking poisonous particles, according to Zambian Watch. And sources within Namwianga Mission told Zambian Watch that Samora Hanakamba owes the school about K18,000 in unremitted school fees including that of his girlfriend. The sources narrated that the deceased forged deposits slip showing school fees for himself and the girlfriend was paid in full when in fact not, and school management discovered recently. But another version of the story is that the deceased reportedly caught his girlfriend locked in an office with a named unmarried lecturer in the act. Meanwhile, Southern Province Commissioner of Police, Bonny Kapeso confirmed that Hanakamba was found dead with a bottle of Doom and a rat pesticide. The police commissioner said the deceased ended his young life after a misunderstanding with College management.
  5. A young couple has been found by local residents in Bangladesh dangling on a tree after hanging themselves in a shocking suicide. Multiple online reports online reveal that their parents were not in support of their marriage which makes the two lovebirds to commit suicide because they don’t want to be separated. Here’s what Patricia who shared the shocking photos wrote; “Wonders shall never End! “SUICIDE for LOVE ” This happened simply because their PARENTS were trying to separate the “TWO LOVER’S BIRDS” from getting married by separating them but they have chosen to END it this way. What’s wrong with the YOUTHS of NOWADAYS? Aren’t they wasted DESTINIES? #Is that Right to suicide for love. Their families were trying to move them away from each other..then they commuted suicide…#today in Bangladesh. I have two questions to ask and I need answers from people. Now my first question is, Is this the love Christ is talking about? Second question: where will these two lovers spend their eternity?” See more photos below;
  6. A female banker attached to one of the new generation banks along the market road, Ughelli, Delta State has committed suicide over her husband’s alleged infidelity. The banker, Mrs. Peace Uzezi Akpobaro, 32 and mother of two, was founded dead at her Iwhrekpokpor road residence in Ughelli, Delta State Sources in the area said husband to the late Mrs. Akpobaro had brought home his mistress to be staying with them under one roof, a situation that was said made her took her life. A neighbor at the residence who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “An empty can of Sniper and Fanta was found by her lifeless body which was discovered in the house.” Confirming the incident, a senior police officer attached to the Ughelli ‘B’ Division police station, Agbarha-Otor, explained that her corpse has since been deposited at the morgue of a private mortuary. He said: “We believe she returned home from work on that unfaithful day and ingested the mixture, but investigations into the matter is still ongoing.” Source: Vanguard
  7. A seeming troubled matured man based in the South-eastern region decided to end his pains by taking his own life thereby throwing his family and loved ones in a state of mourning. A man was found dead in an apparent suicide case at his residence in Enugu state. According to reports, the deceased identified as Kenneth Ugwuattama and said to be 40 years of age – was found hanging from a rope in the backyard of his house at Iheakpu Obolloafor in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu state. The corpse was reportedly discovered in the early hours of Wednesday and no reason was given to why he might have committed suicide. His corpse was pulled down and deposited in a mortuary.
  8. An unidentified man jumped to his death at the Lagos State Magistrate Court in Ogba because of a N40k debt which he got arrested for. He was arrested 6 months ago after his creditor had reported to the police that he had refused to pay up his debt. He was apparently arraigned yesterday and the young man obviously tired of being held for a debt he couldn’t pay up jumped to his death from the 3rd floor. This sad story was shared by twitter user @O-Nife

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