Bike bomb kills one
A suicide attacker on a motorbike exploded himself next to highway police who were guarding a road construction project in Kabul yesterday, killing one policeman and injuring three Afghans, a police official said. Two police and one civilian were among the wounded, said Abdul Rahman, a police official. The attack came on one of Kabul's busiest and most dangerous roads, where more suicide and rocket attacks happen than in any other part of the city.
Honking banned in Shanghai
Honking will be banned in downtown Shanghai from next month as part of efforts to reduce street noise in one of Asia's fastest developing -- and loudest -- cities, official media reported yesterday. Cars, mopeds and bikes will face fines of up to US$13 for leaning on the horn, the Shanghai Daily and other newspapers said, citing the Shanghai police. Not even police cars are exempt, with the use of sirens banned in all but emergencies, the rules say. Street noise is a major detractor from quality of life in Shanghai. Many drivers honk at anything that moves to avoid collisions.
Wedding cake ordeal over
A 10-year legal fight over a "tawdry" wedding cake has ended after a couple lost their claim for damages for the humiliation and sleepless nights they said it caused them. An appeal court ruling made public on Tuesday rejected a claim seeking 50,000 pesos (US$1,053) in moral and other damages from a Manila pastry shop. Edgardo Abenina and his wife Stephanie filed suit shortly after their June 21, 1997, wedding reception at a Manila hotel, saying the five-tiered orange chiffon fondant cake did not meet specifications. They said it leaned to one side and had a "tawdry-orange" color.
Timebomb kills two
A timebomb hidden in a shopping bag exploded at a bus stop in the gas-rich but restive southwest yesterday, killing two people and injuring two more, police said. The blast happened in the remote town of Hub in Baluchistan Province, near the Arabian Sea coast, police official Mohammad Siddique said. "The bomb attached to a timer was concealed in a shopping bag. Two people were killed and two were injured," he said. The province has been gripped for more than two years by an insurgency led by autonomy-seeking locals. The rebels mainly attack government installations, gas pipelines and electricity lines and want a greater share of the province's natural resources.
Market bombs wound five
Three bombs exploded in a communally sensitive city on Tuesday, wounding five people, police said. Tuesday's attacks in Gorakhpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh had taken place in a busy market area. "Apparently, these were low-intensity bombs because the damage caused is marginal and injuries to the people minor," Uttar Pradesh Principal Home Secretary K. Chandramauli said. Initial investigations showed that the three bombs were placed in lunch boxes on bicycles, Chandramauli said. In January, at least two people died in Gorakhpur after a drunken scuffle between two wedding guests snowballed into riots between majority Hindus and minority Muslims.
Police nab naked tourist
A naked US tourist raised eyebrows when he went for a walk through a city and told police he thought this was acceptable behavior in Germany. "The man said he thought walking around naked was tolerated in Germany," a spokesman for police in the southern city of Nuremberg said on Tuesday. Many people enjoy nude sunbathing which is allowed in public parks. The 41-year-old was carrying his clothes in a bag when police stopped him on Monday evening after complaints. They made him get dressed and pay a 200 euro (US$269) deposit pending his investigation for indecent behavior.
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Seniors vital to economy
Old people have become the turbo charged motors of the community rather than its brakes, according to the backers of a 21-nation study on aging launched on Tuesday that shows one in 10 over-70s are still working. People in their 60s and 70s continue to play a vital role in the economy as they have reported feeling healthier and have chosen to reject a quiet retirement, a study by Oxford University's Institute of Aging showed.
Abuse documentary to air
The state broadcaster on Tuesday decided to buy a BBC documentary on the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests but will only let it be aired if accompanied by balancing opinion from the Church. The program had sparked a political row which pitted conservative politicians opposed to the airing against those defending freedom of speech. On Tuesday RAI director general Claudio Cappon approved buying the documentary, called Sex Crimes and the Vatican, but he demanded that the program hosting the documentary, talk show Year Zero, also let prominent members of the Church give their version of events and contest the show's assertions.
Singer facing five years
A prosecutor on Tuesday demanded that a Kurdish singer be sentenced to five years in prison for performing a song that praises imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, the government-run Anatolia news agency reported. Zulfu Kizildemir, also known as Xemgin Birhat, was detained in March after performing his Kurdish-language song Mezin Apo, or The Great Apo, at a spring festival traditionally used by Kurds to assert separatist demands. Apo is short for Abdullah. Kizildemir rejected the charges and said because he had lived in Germany for 30 years, he was not aware of Turkey's anti-terrorism laws, Anatolia reported.
Editor on terrorism charges
Prosecutors have filed new, terrorism-related charges against an Azerbaijani opposition newspaper editor who was convicted of libel and sentenced to prison last month, a top security official said on Tuesday. Eynulla Fatullayev, editor and founder of the newspapers Real Azerbaijan and Everyday Azerbaijan, was charged yesterday with making a terrorist threat, said Arif Babayev, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Security. He gave no details for the new charges. On Sunday, officers from the Emergency Situations Ministry evicted the editorial staff from its offices, saying that the building was in a dangerous condition. But investigators seized documents and computer records and sealed off the office on Tuesday, said witnesses.
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Police kill woman with Taser
A mentally ill homeless woman died after she was arrested outside an Oklahoma City shelter and stunned with a Taser while she was on the ground in handcuffs, authorities and witnesses said. An autopsy was performed on Milisha Thompson, 35, but her cause of death has not been determined pending toxicology tests, police Sergeant Paco Balderrama said Tuesday. One witness, Edwin Davis, said onlookers began yelling, "You killed her! You killed her!" as Thompson slipped out of consciousness during Saturday's confrontation outside the City Rescue Mission. But Balderrama said Thompson repeatedly kicked and attacked officers, even after being stunned with the Taser.
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Man dies in golf cart plunge
A 65-year-old golfer died on Tuesday after his golf cart plunged 25m off a cliff and crashed into a road below, authorities said. The man teed off with three friends on the second hole of the Pala Mesa Resort Golf Course in northern San Diego County at around 10am and then got into his cart. The vehicle veered off the concrete pathway, traveled down a 8m embankment and went over the edge of a cliff, Highway Patrol spokesman Tom Kerns said. The recently retired real estate agent from Irvine was ejected shortly before the cart hit the road beneath the cliff and died on impact, Kerns said.
Plane crashes, drugs found
A small plane loaded with cocaine crashed, killing the two people on board and revealing a drug shipment that was seized by troops. National Guard soldiers confiscated 480kg of cocaine from the Cessna that crashed on Monday night, the attorney general's office said in statement on Tuesday. The wreckage was found near the town of El Tigre, about 400km southeast of Caracas. The bodies of the pilot and another person were found in the Venezuelan-registered plane. Authorities did not give details about the suspected causes of the crash, nor details about where the plane departed from or was headed.
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Man DUI at McDonald's
A man found asleep in his car in a McDonald's drive-through lane in Camden, Arkansas, has been charged with drunk driving. Restaurant employees called police early on Saturday morning after waiting 15 minutes for Terrance Forte, 32, to drive from the first window to the second window of the drive-through. Officer William Mahon's report said he found Forte asleep with the engine running and his right foot on the brake. Forte offered Mahon US$10 for his food order when Mahon tried to wake him, the report said. Forte's blood alcohol level was registered at more than twice the legal limit.
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Truck driver sentenced
A truck driver who improperly hitched a wood-chipper to his vehicle was sentenced on Tuesday to nine to 18 months in jail for causing a crash that killed a father and two of his triplets. Bradley Demitras' sentence also includes six years' probation and a requirement that he prominently display the accident-scene photo in his home. The wood-chipper broke free from Demitras' truck on a busy highway, rolled across the median and slammed into the family's minivan. Demitras, 35, of Pine Township, Pennsylvania, could have faced more than 17 years in prison. He pleaded guilty in March to three counts of involuntary manslaughter.
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
Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a remote Pacific island have been found alive and well after a rescue team spotted their giant SOS message written into the sand on a beach. Australian and US military aircraft found the three men on tiny Pikelot island, nearly 200km west of where they had set off. Rescuers said that the men were “in good condition” with no significant injuries. The men had been missing for three days after their 7m skiff ran out of fuel and strayed off course. Authorities in the US territory of Guam raised the alarm on Saturday after the men failed to complete
A cat that went missing on a family holiday on the shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland, has been identified 12 years later. Tortoiseshell-and-white Georgie spent October half term in 2008 with her owners at the Rowardennan campsite, but vanished as they were due to return home to Greater Manchester, England. After a search of the site the Davies family departed without Georgie, hoping the three-year-old microchipped feline would be located by someone. Over the intervening 12 years, she remained close to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park site, being fed and cared for by campsite staff and holidaymakers. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit and lockdown
LIFELONG LOSS: Jiro Hamasumi, who was not quite born when an atomic bomb hit Hiroshima, lost his father and other relatives, but said he thinks about his father daily As Japan marks 75 years since the devastating attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the last generation of nuclear bomb survivors is working to ensure their message lives on after them. The “hibakusha” — literally “person affected by the bomb” — have for decades been a powerful voice calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. There are an estimated 136,700 left, many of whom were infants or soon to be born at the time of the attacks. The average age of a survivor now is a little over 83, according to the Japanese Ministry of Health, lending an urgency as they share their testimonies