Wild elephant captured
Hunters have captured a wild elephant that trampled to death at least nine people and injured several others in the southeast, officials said yesterday. A team of 15 forestry officials found the elephant on Saturday after a two week search and shot it with a tranquilizer in the jungles of Haspasha district, about 500km southeast of Kathmandu, said a forest officer who declined to give his name. The elephant had already killed nine people and injured several others, and also damaged huts and crops since last month.
Students trampled to death
Six middle school students were trampled to death at a school in Jiangxi Province and 39 were injured as puapils pushed and shoved each other in a crowded stairwell, state press reported yesterday. The accident occurred after the pupils swarmed down the staircase of the Tuchang Middle School after evening classes on Saturday night, the Xinhua news agency reported. An investigation into the stampede was under way, the report said. The students died from their injuries while they were being transported to a hospital, it said. One injured student remained in critical condition.
General calls for coup
A retired army general has called for the military to take control of the Indian Ocean country, but a US embassy official said there were no signs of a takeover. Retired General Fidy called for military rule on private radio on Friday in protest against the "unconstitutional" government of President Marc Ravalomanana. On Saturday, a plane carrying Ravalomanana home from Europe was diverted after shooting reportedly broke out near the airport in the capital Antananarivo. One person was reportedly shot.
Architect weds at 98
Legendary modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer has wed his secretary at the tender age of 98. Niemeyer tied the knot with his 60-something secretary Vera Lucia Cabreira at his Rio de Janeiro home on Thursday and then told his family about his nuptials on Friday, local media reported. The couple has known each other for three decades, and Niemeyer -- known widely for landmark buildings in his country's modernist capital, Brasilia -- still works. Lest anyone think him impetuous, Niemeyer has an impressive marriage record; He was married for 76 years to Annita Baldo, who died in 2004.
■ United States
Patient killed in shootout
An armed patient was fatally shot on Saturday in his hospital room in Aurora, Illinois, at the end of a four-and-a-half hour standoff with police. He pointed his gun at police, who opened fire. "We can't confirm that he committed suicide. And we can't confirm that he fired a shot first," a police spokesman said. "We do know he raised his gun. One of our police officers fired upon him when he did that." That officer has been placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of an investigation. The gunman had briefly held another patient hostage in the room, but released him unharmed.
Hollande unites Socialists
Socialist Party chief Francois Hollande vowed on Saturday to unite the party, but insisted the party's presidential candidate -- and his longtime companion -- Segolene Royal must be free to run her own campaign. Royal won a stunning victory in the party primary on Thursday, sweeping up more than 60 percent of the vote. Hollande said he must rally the party together again before the first round of the presidential vote next year. "There was a debate. There was a vote. There are still wounds," he said.