US student wins election
A US national, who calls himself a Marxist, has won a student election at Jawaharlal Nehru University on a campaign that accused Washington of pursuing imperialist policies. Tyler Walker Williams is perhaps the first foreigner to win university elections in India, where student politics is taken very seriously and is closely watched by national political parties. Williams was elected on Saturday to the post of vice president, contesting as a candidate of the All India Students' Association, an affiliate of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist).
Tigers under threat
At least four endangered tigers have been run over by trains in a reserve in the northern part of the country in the past three years, local officials said, renewing calls to railway authorities to find an alternate route. The Dudhwa National Park has 77 tigers, according to a census held last year, but these animals were increasingly threatened by trains that travel through the sanctuary,wildlife officials said. India has half the world's surviving tigers, but conservationists say the country is losing the battle to save the big cats.
■ New Zealand
People may be able to do without many things, but it seems that when it comes to travelling, they can't do without their mom, according to a survey released yester-day. Moms were identified as the fourth most important item to take along when heading overseas, behind credit cards, a camera and a copy of a Lonely Planet travel guide. The survey, conducted for GlobalPlus credit card, also revealed 87 percent of New Zealanders preferred to sit beside family or friends when flying.
Clashes break out in north Troops from a powerful Somali Islamist militia clashed with fighters allied to the interim government and seized a town near the semi-autonomous northern Puntland region, the Islamist forces said yesterday. "The government troops ambushed us last night, forcing our troops to push them," Islamist spokesman Abdirahman Ali Mudey said. There was no independent confirmation of the clash. The government forces were led by warlord Abdi Awale Qaybdiid, whom the Islamists ejected from Mogadishu in July after defeating him and his US-backed allies.
■ United Kingdom
Jagger senior dies
The father of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger has died in the hospital from pneumonia at the age of 93, a spokesman for the rock legend said in a statement. Joe Jagger passed away late on Saturday after being admitted to the hospital just over a week ago following a fall at his home, he added. The 63-year-old Rolling Stone, who is currently on tour in the US, flew back to Britain on Friday to spend time with his father in the hospital. He then returned to Nevada, where he was due to perform with the band.
Defendant hunger strikes
A Serb ultranationalist leader awaiting trial before the UN war crimes court in The Hague has gone on a hunger strike. Vojislav Seselj -- in detention at the UN court, which indicted him for alleged war crimes during the 1990s wars in Croatia and Bosnia -- has started "refusing food or drink except plain water," and also declines any medication for his high blood pressure and asthma, said Aleksandar Vucic, an official of Seselj's hardline Radical Party. Seselj has demanded that the court allow his wife to visit him," Vucic said in Belgrade. He has also demanded that he be given "free choice of legal advisers, and normalization of conditions for preparing his defense," Vucic said.