Police detain 562 protesters
Police detained 562 Tibetan women at an anti-China rally in Kathmandu yesterday, the first all-women protest against Chinese rule in their homeland, officials said. Some shouted “we want free Tibet,” while others wept as they were dragged along the road to police vans and trucks and driven to detention centers. Many were wearing black armbands and had their mouths gagged with cloths. Nepal considers Tibet part of China, a key donor and trade partner, and has been cracking down on protests by exiled Tibetans against Beijing. Police said the protesters would be freed later. Exiled Tibetans have been protesting regularly ever since deadly riots broke out in the Tibetan capital Lhasa in March. “We are not against Nepal. Our protests are against China. So why are they arresting us?” asked a 70-year-old protester.
PM to set emissions targets
Japan aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by between 60 percent and 80 percent by 2050, news reports said yesterday, as part of measures setting out the country’s long term environmental goals. Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda is expected to announce the target as early as next month, the Nikkei Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun said. For the year to March, Japan’s total volume of greenhouse gas emissions was estimated at 1,341 million tonnes, up 6.4 percent from the 1990 level, used as the base year for the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. Tokyo is still discussing details of the plan ahead of Japan hosting the G8 summit in July, the Asahi said. Officials want to make the goal not legally binding, but they hope the announcement will encourage technological and business innovations in the environmental field, the newspaper said.
Pelican injures swimmer
A swimmer is recovering after a pelican apparently diving for fish slammed into her face off Florida. Debbie Shoemaker was in the water on Thursday near St Petersburg when the pelican’s beak opened a gash in her face. She needed 20 stitches. The bird died. The chief of the St Petersburg Fire Department says he never heard of a diving pelican colliding with anyone. An expert surmises the bird was diving for fish and hit Shoemaker by accident. The 50-year-old woman returned home on Friday.
Prison inmates escape
Twenty-nine inmates broke out of a prison in the southeastern part of the coutry in an escape that local media blamed on a security breakdown after a contract with guards expired. Police said on Saturday that the prisoners had escaped the previous night from the Novo Horizonte lockup near Vitoria, the capital of Espirito Santo State. Globo TV network reported on its Web site that inmates cut wire fences inside the yard and then broke through a wall. Four were recaptured on Saturday, Globo said. A woman who answered the phone at the Espirito Santo state police department confirmed that 29 inmates broke out Friday, but she declined to provide further details or give her name.
Five corpses found
The bodies of five people, including three young children, were found on Saturday afternoon on a sprawling property with several structures in Houston, Texas, police said. A neighbor made the grisly discovery after seeing a man’s body on porch next to a .22-caliber rifle, police Lieutenant Dan Harris said. The bodies of a woman and a boy were found in a shack on the property, Harris said. The bodies of a boy and girl were found in another shack. The children were believed to be between ages four and nine. Investigators declined to speculate on the causes of death, although they said there were no obvious signs of a struggle. They also declined to release identities of the victims or say whether they were related.