Four bomb suspects nabbed
Four Islamic militants wanted for the Sept. 9 suicide bombing of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta have been arrested, including the alleged planner and two bomb-makers, police chief General Dai Bachtiar said yesterday. The suspects were wearing explosives around their waists when they were captured on Nov. 5 in west Java Province. The arrests represent the first major breakthrough in the inves-tigation into the embassy attack, which killed 10 people, including at least one bomber. None of the four have been formally charged.
Flight recorders found
Chinese divers searching an icy lake have recovered the two flight recorders from a commuter jet that crashed seconds after takeoff killing 54 people, Xinhua news agency said yesterday. One of the "black boxes," the cabin voice recorder from the China Eastern Airlines Bombardier CRJ200, was damaged and would be sent to Beijing for examination, it quoted experts at the crash site as saying. The 50-seat, short-haul jet, carrying 47 passengers and six crew, crashed on Sunday after taking off from Baotou in Inner Mongolia for Shanghai. The search for the black boxes was suspended on Tuesday due to a sudden drop in the temperature of the lake water. China has said the crash did not appear to be the result of sabotage.
Teen clubs parents to death
A 19-year-old man who was fed up with his parents' nagging about his laziness yesterday bludgeoned them to death with a 4kg iron dumbbell as they were sleeping, police said. The young man killed his parents while his 16-year-old sister watched television in another room in Mito, 100km north of Tokyo. The suspect called police after the crime and said he was upset that his parents criticized his lifestyle. He had also wanted to kill his sister and 76-year-old grandfather, but told police he had given up after feeling exhausted by the killing of his parents.
Saint's body in rare display
Hundreds of thousands of devotees will flock to Goa over the next month to venerate the body of a 16th-century saint, Francis Xavier, in a ritual that only takes place once a decade. The Spanish missionary's body, placed in a glass-topped silver casket, will be on display for more than 40 days. Xavier founded Chris-tian communities throughout Asia and was later canon-ized. Two years after his death in 1552 near China, his body was brought back to Goa. It is believed that when his body was exhumed, it was remarkably intact. Priests say the body was never been embalmed.
Chemical castration touted
New South Wales was asked yesterday to consider chem-ical castration for child molesters amid a nationwide police crackdown on child pornography. The proposal came from conservative opposition justice spokes-man Andrew Humpherson, who said child molesters are almost impossible to rehabilitate and chemical castration was proving an effective remedy in some European countries. "The propensity, the desire to molest, the urge to molest children in particular, can be substantially diminished" by chemical castration, Hum-pherson told reporters. Teachers, clergymen, doctors and even a detective in a child-sex squad were among those arrested in the crackdown.
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Fake gynecologist jailed
A man who posed as a gynecologist after setting up an office in a self-storage complex was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to practicing medicine without a license. The charges stemmed from an undercover investigation that began after authorities saw an ad in a weekly newspaper offering free medical care. A prosecutor set up the undercover sting with an investigator posing as a patient and using a hidden camera. Thomas Remo, 50, of Ovilla, wore a scrub shirt and had some medical equipment in the makeshift exam room, a small kitchen in the storage facility office where he worked, authorities said.