Lack of proof in murder case
A woman detained after her Singaporean husband's chopped up body was found in a refrigerator has been released because of lack of evidence just days after police said they had solved the case, reports said yesterday. The 33-year-old woman had been in remand for 11 days and was widely expected to be charged for the murder of Goh Yoke Seng yesterday. State prosecutors however later said they did not have enough evidence to hold her. Criminal investigation department Chief Ku Chin Wah said investigations against the woman would still continue, the Star reported.
Flag error gives boat away
Vietnamese fishermen flying a Malaysian flag as a decoy while sailing in Malaysian waters gave the game away by mistakenly flying it upside down. This is an unusual mistake, because "Stripes of Glory" as the flag is known at home, carries a blue rectangle in its top left corner emblazoned with a yellow crescent and star, while red-and-white stripes alternate on the rest. Local fishermen became suspicious, and tipped off fishing authorities, who detained 13 crewmen after seizing 500kg of stingrays, valued at 6,000 ringgit (US$1,737), along with a fake fishing license, the Star newspaper reported.
Floods kill 19
Nineteen people were killed and 37 missing after violent rainstorms triggered floods in the northwest, state media reported yesterday. The rainstorms, which started to hit the southeastern part of Shaanxi Province on Monday, destroyed homes and ruined crops, causing 280 million yuan (US$37 million) in damages, a provincial flood control headquarters official told Xinhua news agency. The latest deaths continue a devastating run of weather, with the Ministry of Civil Affairs reporting that natural disasters had left 712 people dead and 163 missing last month. The death toll from natural disasters in the vast country in the first seven months of this year was 1,279, with another 239 missing.
Migrant workers murdered
Suspected separatists in the northeast shot dead 11 people in the latest ethnic attack, police said yesterday. Separately, a child was killed and 18 people were injured in two explosions as rebel groups stepped up attacks to protest New Delhi's rule over the oil, tea and timber-rich state of Assam. Late yesterday, around a dozen heavily armed militants entered the homes of two families of Hindi-speaking migrant workers and shot them as they slept, police said. The attack took place in a village 250km east of Guwahati. In a shooting in the same district on Wednesday, eight Hindi-speaking migrants were killed, raising fears that a wave of attacks could be under way similar to events in January, when over 60 laborers were killed.
Storm kills 13 people
At least 13 people, including six children, died yesterday in the aftermath of storms that pounded Karachi for two days, officials said. Another two people were killed when they were struck by lightning in Badin District of Sindh Province, provincial Health Minister Syed Sardar Ahmed said. Severe weather has forced the provincial government to declare a state of emergency in Karachi's hospitals, with holidays canceled for all doctors and paramedics, officials said. Most of the city was under knee-deep water caused by the heavy rains, causing traffic chaos.