Wed, Jul 30, 2008 - Page 5 News List

World News Quick Take

AGENCIES

■ AUSTRALIA

Man sentenced for murder

A man was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a teenager who was stabbed 133 times and then decapitated in an alcohol-fueled argument. James Roughan, 28, was sentenced by a Supreme Court jury that found him guilty on Monday night of the 2005 murder of 17-year-old Morgan Shepherd. A second defendant, Christopher Jones, was already serving a life sentence. Shepherd was killed after getting into an argument with Roughan and Jones during a drinking session, the court heard. Jones told friends that Roughan used the boy’s head like a puppet and a bowling ball.

■ INDONESIA

Bombs found under train

Police have launched an investigation after a cache of up to 10 petrol bombs was found stashed underneath a train heading to Jakarta, officials said yesterday. The petrol bombs were detected on the executive train after it had departed the West Java city of Cirebon yesterday morning. “There were at least nine bottles with wicks and wrapped in black plastic attached to the train,” said Suhartono, a spokesman for Cirebon operations at rail company, PT KAI. Suhartono said the rail company had not received any threats.

■ INDONESIA

Bodies found in backyard

Police dug up six bodies from the backyard of an alleged serial killer’s home on Monday, bringing the number of his suspected victims to 11, an official said. Verry Henyanksyah, 30, was arrested last week after confessing to murdering his lover and leaving the mutilated body in a suitcase in Jakarta, police spokesman Abu Bakar Nataprawira said. Last week, four bodies were found behind Henyanksyah’s home in Jombang, a town in East Java. On Monday, police and local villagers dug up six more bodies, including those of a woman and her three-year-old daughter. Police said the bodies showed signs of being hit. Police said the motive for the killings remained unclear.

■ JAPAN

Woman stabs seven men

A woman went on a stabbing rampage at a crowded train station, wounding seven men after failing to slash her own wrist, police said yesterday. The woman attempted to cut her wrist with an army knife at a shopping mall near the train station in Hiratsuka on Monday night, but someone bumped into her and she became angry, police official Hidetoshi Yukitake said. “She was screaming as she was slashing people at random,” Yukitake said. None of the seven men stabbed were seriously injured, Yukitake said. The woman was arrested at the scene after being overpowered by onlookers. “She said she was frustrated. She was also angry at her father,” Yukitake said.

■ JAPAN

Foreign students wanted

The government aims to more than double the number of foreign university students in the country by simplifying immigration procedures and hiring more English-speaking professors, an official said yesterday. The government hopes to boost the number of foreign students from 120,000 to 300,000 by 2020, as the country lags far behind the US and major European countries. Some 580,000 international students study in the US, with 356,000 students in Britain, 265,000 in France and 248,000 in Germany, the education ministry said. “The plan is part of our globalization efforts at Japanese universities,” said Ryuichi Oda, an education ministry official.

■ UNITED KINGDOM

Voters losing hope: poll

Voters increasingly do not believe new policy initiatives or a fresh new leader can save the Labour party from electoral disaster, a Populus survey for the Times newspaper said yesterday. The poll showed that the percentage of voters who believed that significant changes in key domestic policy areas like health, crime and tax would bring about a change in Labour’s fortunes dropping to 56 percent from 69 percent in May. There was also a 3-point increase since May in the number of voters who did not believe a younger leader could save the party to 44 percent, along with a one point drop in those who believed it could to 52 percent. Overall, backing for Labour fell one point compared with a similar poll three weeks ago to 27 percent, while the main opposition Conservatives gained two points to 43 percent. Populus questioned 1,002 voters by telephone between Friday and Sunday.

This story has been viewed 2288 times.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top