Ex-soldiers riot at schools
About 2,000 former soldiers rioted in three cities last week over poor conditions in railway vocational schools where they were retraining, smashing equipment and setting fires, the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said in Hong Kong yesterday. Nearly 1,000 vandalized their school in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, and clashed with hundreds of police, leading to 20 people getting injured and five arrests. Similar riots occurred in Baoji, Shaanxi Province, and Wuhan in Hubei Province, on the same day, Sept. 3, the center said. An official at the Baoji school would only say: "Everything has returned to normal."
Three engineers have been suspended for negligence after a highway overpass collapsed in Hyderabad, killing two people and injuring nine, the Press Trust of India news agency said. The overpass was under construction when it collapsed on Sunday night, crushing vehicles and pedestrians taking shelter from heavy rain. The state's chief minister has ordered a panel of independent experts to investigate the accident.
Mass grave uncovered
A mass grave containing the remains of communist soldiers killed in the Vietnam War has been found in Quang Tri Province, an official said yesterday. Authorities believe the grave may contain the remains of several hundred men, said the head of Gio Linh district military command. So far six sets of remains have been found. They are believed to be those of commandos killed while attacking a South Vietnamese military station. The remains were discovered after officials were tipped off by soldiers who fought in the battle.
Chicken used as taster
Think a bottle of mineral water might have poisoned you? Then test it on a chicken. One family on Hainan island had just that idea when one of them started vomiting blood after drinking a bottle of water, the Beijing News said. They fed the chicken the rest of the water to see what would happen, the newspaper said. "The result was the chicken died within a minute," it said, showing a picture of a man holding a plastic bottle squatting over the bird's crumpled body.
Cop caught purse-snatching
A man who snatched a woman's handbag and was caught by bystanders in Perak state on Monday turned out to be an off-duty policeman, a police official said yesterday. A group of men chased the suspect after hearing a woman's cries for help.
Captors post Web ultimatum
The captors of a German man in Iraq, whose mother was freed in July, threatened to kill him if Berlin does not withdraw its troops from Afghanistan within 10 days, a video posted on the Internet showed yesterday. "We give the German government another 10 days to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, otherwise we'll slit [his] throat like a lamb," a spokesman for the "The Arrows of Righteousness Brigades" says in the video. The date of the ultimatum remained unclear. The video shows Sinan Krause, 20, and his mother Hannelore, and also announces her release "for having converted to Islam."
Archbishop Ncube resigns
Archbishop Pius Ncube has resigned from his post in the Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo after a state-run newspaper accused him of adultery, a priest from the archdiocese and the Vatican said yesterday. Pope Benedict XVI "accepted the renunciation of pastoral leadership in the archdiocese of Bulawayo," a statement released in Vatican City said. Zimbabwe state television quoted Bulawayo priest Father Frederick Chiromba as saying that the resignation was tendered to the pope by Ncube. Ncube has been archbishop since 1998 and is one of the most outspoken critics of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.