US military morticians and forensic pathologists showed reporters the bodies of Uday and Qusay Hussein yesterday and said each body contained more than 20 bullet wounds. \nThe bodies had been prepared for funeral viewing by US military morticians, with their faces partially restored. The two sons of Saddam Hussein were trapped and killed inside a villa in the northern city of Mosul on Tuesday. \nUS authorities said they had sent tissue samples from both bodies -- taken from bone and muscle -- to a military lab in Washington for DNA testing. \nBoth brothers had multiple scrapes, abrasions and burns. Uday was believed to have died from a blow to the head. Qusay had two bullet wounds to his head, in and just behind his right ear, doctors and medical officials said. They said they did not think the wounds were self-inflicted. \nUS officials said the bodies would be kept in refrigeration at Baghdad International Airport until a family member came forward to claim the brothers -- two of the most feared men in Iraq and Nos. 2 and 3 on the American list of most-wanted. \nThe US civil administration in Iraq was still talking to the country's Governing Council about how to preserve the bodies according to Islamic custom, which calls for burial as soon as possible. Typically, Muslims are buried before nightfall the day they die. \nUS medical personnel told reporters they had treated the bodies with the same respect they would have accorded any corpse. \nA final report on their deaths was expected within four to six weeks, the officials said on condition of anonymity. \nSurgeons removed the metal rod that was placed in one of Uday's legs during reconstructive surgery after a 1996 assassination attempt and displayed it to reporters. They said the serial and model number on the eight-inch rod matched data they had about it. \nMany Iraqis remained unsure that the two sons of the former Iraqi dicatator were dead, even after being shown grisly photos taken by American soldiers. \nIt might be, however, that little short of putting the bodies on public display in Baghdad would convince some Iraqis. Decades of fear and lies under Saddam and deep suspicion of American motives in occupying their country made them a tough audience. \nPower cuts and broadcasting difficulties permitting, Iraqis had a chance to see the photographs of brothers Uday and Qusay's bloodied heads on satellite television on Thursday, two days after the Americans said they were killed in an hours-long siege of a hideout in the northern city of Mosul. \nIraqi newspapers were not available in Baghdad yesterday morning as local people attended weekly prayers at mosques. But editors said they would publish the American photographs. \nOne appeared to show the bearded, shaven-headed Uday, 39, a feared and hated rapist and torturer, with a gaping wound obliterating part of his nose and upper lip. Another seemed to show Qusay, 37, Saddam's heir apparent, also bearded, his mouth hanging open. Blood trickles congealed inside an ear.
‘HERO OF THE ERA’: President Tsai Ing-wen expressed deep sadness at Lee’s passing, and told the government to assist his family with all their needs Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) passed away at 7:24pm yesterday at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. He was 97 years old. The hospital stated the cause of death as septic shock and multiple organ failure. Lee had been hospitalized there since February, when he choked on a mouthful of milk at home. He was later diagnosed with pulmonary infiltrates and aspiration pneumonia. The hospital said that Lee had been treated with antibiotics, but that his health had not improved, as his advanced age and diabetes had inhibited his immune system and led to recurring infections. During his hospitalization, Lee underwent daily kidney dialysis, which removed
‘WEAK POSITIVE’: The man arrived in Taiwan in May and was quarantined for two weeks, Chen Shih-chung said, adding that he might be infected a long time ago The government is considering tightening mask-wearing rules again in light of a potential domestic COVID-19 infection, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) confirmed seven new COVID-19 cases, six of which are imported. The other case involves a Belgian engineer who entered Taiwan on May 3 and remained in quarantine until May 17, said Chen, who heads the CECC. Although the source of infection has yet to be identified, the case could end the nation’s record of not having any domestic cases in the previous 110 days. The Belgian, in his 20s, is a technician
RECEIVING TREATMENT: President Tsai Ing-wen, Vice President William Lai and Premier Su Tseng-chang visited former president Lee Teng-hui yesterday morning Taipei Veterans General Hospital yesterday rebutted speculation that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had died a day earlier, saying that he was weak, but receiving treatment. The hospital said the 97-year-old Lee was not in good condition and needed ongoing care, adding that if there are any changes in his condition, it would make those public. The comments came after rumors emerged online on Tuesday that Lee had died after being hospitalized since early February. Soon after the unsubstantiated rumors emerged, reporters started flocking to the hospital seeking confirmation. Lee was admitted to Taipei Veterans General Hospital on Feb. 8 after choking while drinking
ROAD TO HISTORY: When Lee Teng-hui joined the KMT, the likelihood of a Taiwanese becoming ROC president, much less its first directly elected one, was hard to imagine Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), who was born on Jan. 15, 1923, in the farming community of Sanshi Village, Taihoku Prefecture — now New Taipei City’s Sanzhi District (三芝) — during the Japanese colonial era, and rose to become mayor of Taipei and not only the Republic of China’s (ROC) first Taiwan-born president, but its first directly elected one as well. Educated in the Japanese educational system of the time, Lee, who spoke Japanese, Hoklo (also known as Taiwanese), Mandarin and English, won a scholarship to Kyoto Imperial University, but his studies were interrupted by World War II. He earned a bachelor’s