Thieves steal man's leg
Thieves stole a disabled man's motorcycle, leaving him to hobble about on crutches because they grabbed his prosthetic leg as well, the Star newspaper said on Monday. "They stole my motorcycle but why did they have to steal my leg too?" asked lottery-ticket vendor Tan Seh Poon, who had left the leg on his bike while using crutches to walk around a mall near Kuala Lumpur to sell tickets. Tan, 63, discovered the theft after three hours and had to ask a friend for a ride home, the newspaper said.
■ Sri Lanka
Grenade accident hurts 17
At least 17 people were hurt yesterday when a grenade was accidentally detonated during a demonstration by a police officer at an exhibition in Colombo marking the nation's independence, police said. "We have ruled out anyone hurling a grenade at the stall of the STF [Special Task Force] commandos," the officer said, adding the detonation was now being investigated as an accident. The STF was not supposed to have live explosives at the exhibition venue, the officer said, adding that "an officer was showing a hand grenade to spectators when it went off" at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Center. "We suspect the man was trying to show how to defuse a bomb when the blast occurred," a police investigator said.
■ United States
Uighur Muslims in protest
Scores of Uighur Muslims protested on Monday in front of the Chinese embassy in Washington to commemorate the 10th anniversary of a massacre by Chinese troops in the Xinjiang autonomous region. "Ten years have passed but the Chinese authorities have still not accounted for the innocent lives lost and those missing following the Ghulja massacre," said Rebiya Kadeer, the exiled leader of China's Uighur Muslim minority. "What is worse is China continues to oppress our people," she said as demonstrators waving light blue Uighur flags shouted: "We want justice," "We want human rights" and other slogans.
Gang member gunned down
A gang member was gunned down in an upscale district of Tokyo in a string of rare shootings in one of the world's safest countries, police said yesterday. A senior member of the Sumiyoshi gang, one of Japan's leading crime syndicates, was shot to death early on Monday in Tokyo's upmarket Azabu district, a police spokeswoman said. Yesterday morning, assailants also fired bullets into the doors of two apartments in other parts of Tokyo, police said. Both apartments were reportedly related to another crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi, leading police to believe that the shootings were linked to a conflict between the two gangs. A record low of two people were killed in gun crime last year, the National Police Agency said last week.
Boy dies in reenactment
An eight-year-old boy has died trying to show his sister how ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was hanged, police in the southern state of Kerala said yesterday. Vishnu Sashi fell from a bathroom water tank after tying a plastic cord round his neck on Sunday evening in Vaikom, said inspector Rajesh Menon. Vishnu decided to show his five-year-old sister Sitalakshmi what he had seen on television about how the former president was put to death. "While enacting the drama, Vishnu tied a plastic rope around his neck and hooked it on the wall," neighbor Damodaran Bharathan said by telephone.
■ United States
Teenage girls sentenced
Four black teenage girls were sentenced on Monday to probation, house arrest and community service for a hate-crime assault where they beat three white women and shouted racial insults. The teens were part of a larger group that also threw pumpkins and lemons at the women and used skateboards as weapons, prosecutors said. Four other teens got the same sentences last week for the beating. Another girl will be sentenced on Tuesday. In all, nine teens, eight female and one male, were convicted of assault, and the judge found proof of hate crimes in all but one of their cases.
■ United States
Bacteria found in skin
Researchers on a safari for microbes have found that human skin is populated by a veritable menagerie of bacteria -- 182 species -- some apparently living there permanently and others just dropping by for a visit. There's no need for alarm, said microbiologist Dr. Martin Blaser: the bacteria have been with us for quite a while and some are helpful. Bacteria are single-celled microorganisms believed to have been the first living things on Earth. While some cause disease, bacteria also reside normally in our bodies, for example in the digestive tract, performing useful chores.
■ United States
A man accused of holding a Missouri boy captive for more than four years has been charged with 69 counts of forcible sodomy, US officials said on Monday. Michael Devlin, 41, has pleaded not guilty to the kidnapping of William "Ben" Ownby, 13, and Shawn Hornbeck, now aged 15, who was 11 when he disappeared in October 2002 while riding his bike to a friend's house. Both boys were found alive in Devlin's suburban St. Louis, Missouri apartment last month, just four days after Ownby disappeared. Devlin is currently being held in the Franklin County jail.
■ United States
Gunman disrupts clinic
A gunman wearing a camouflage helmet was taken into custody on Monday after witnesses said he ordered doctors and nurses out of a small medical center, where fleeing patients reported hearing shots. Police reported that no one was injured in the standoff at the Primecare outpatient clinic, said city spokeswoman Cynthia Greene. Police Chief John Powell earlier said authorities were negotiating with the man in the Primecare building, which was surrounded by police and sheriff's officers. Photographs taken during the standoff showed the man with blood on his hands, wearing a camouflage helmet and holding a rifle.
Six people found dead
Six people were found shot dead in a Chinese restaurant in northern Germany in the early hours of Monday, but a two-year-old girl survived, police said. The victims were three men and three women, all believed to be of Asian origin. They had been tied up and their bodies were found in different rooms of the Lin Yue restaurant in Sittensen, near Hamburg. Police said it was possible the two-year-old girl had been in living quarters above the restaurant at the time of the shootings and it is unlikely she will be able to help investigators to piece together what happened. The motive for the killings was unclear, police said.
EVOLVING SITUATION: Of the latest cases, 23 percent were found to be asymptomatic, but the coronavirus strain in Da Nang is more contagious, authorities said A COVID-19 outbreak that began in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang more than a week ago has spread to at least four city factories with a combined workforce of about 3,700, state media reported yesterday. Four cases were found at the plants in different industrial parks in the central city that collectively employ 77,000 people, the Lao Dong newspaper said. Vietnam, praised widely for its decisive measures to combat the novel coronavirus since it first appeared in late January, is battling new clusters of infection having gone for more than three months without detecting any domestic transmissions. Authorities yesterday reported one new
WARNINGS OVER COMPLACENCY: The curves of new infections in numerous countries is climbing, while others see the the first new infections in months Spikes in COVID-19 infections in Asia have dispelled any notion that the region might be over the worst, with Australia and India yesterday reporting record daily infections, Vietnam fretting over a new surge and North Korea urging vigilance. Asian nations had largely prided themselves on rapidly containing initial outbreaks after the coronavirus emerged in central China late last year, but flare-ups this month have shown the danger of complacency. “We’ve got to be careful not to slip into some idea that there’s some golden immunity that Australia has in relation to this virus,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters. Australia recorded its
‘COVIDIOTS’: Politicians condemned the protest that came amid surging infections in the country, while a marcher said government-induced fear weakened the body Loudly chanting their opposition to masks and vaccines, thousands of people on Saturday gathered in Berlin to protest against COVID-19 restrictions before being dispersed by police. Police put turnout at about 20,000 — well below the 500,000 organizers had announced as they urged a “day of freedom” from months of virus curbs. Despite Germany’s comparatively low toll, authorities are concerned at a rise in infections over the past few weeks and politicians took to social media to criticize the rally as irresponsible. “We are the second wave,” shouted the crowd, a mixture of hard left and right and conspiracy theorists, as they converged
The Australian government yesterday said that it plans to give Google and Facebook three months to negotiate with media businesses fair pay for news content. In releasing a draft of a mandatory code of conduct, Canberra aims to succeed where other nations have failed in making tech firms pay for news siphoned from commercial media companies. Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said that Google and Facebook would be the first platforms targeted by the proposed legislation, but others could follow. “It’s about a fair go for Australian news media businesses, it’s about ensuring that we have increased competition, increased consumer protection and a sustainable