Man throws mom in river
A 28-year-old migrant worker has been detained for throwing his dead mother’s body into a river because he couldn’t afford a funeral, state media reported yesterday. The elderly woman, who lived with her son in a rented apartment, was often sick, and she died on Nov. 3, the Beijing News reported. Her son, surnamed Wang, packed the body in a bag and threw it into a river with the help of a friend. After two weeks, the bag was eventually discovered, and the body traced back to Wang, who was detained along with his accomplice.
Cabbies strike in Chaozhou
About 300 taxi drivers went on strike in Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, smashing cars and demanding a crackdown on unlicensed taxis in the latest protest against illegal taxi competition. Hundreds of cab drivers gathered on Saturday in front of government buildings, said a city official yesterday. More than 200 taxis were parked in front of the gate of a government office as drivers sought greater enforcement against unlicensed taxis, the Xinhua news agency reported.
Police find drugs in vehicles
Police found drugs worth more than 800,000 ringgit (US$232,000) while investigating a three-vehicle accident, a news report said yesterday. Some 14kg of heroin and 1kg of ketamine were discovered inside one car involved in the crash. On Saturday afternoon, a tourist bus driver lost control of his vehicle on a major expressway in the northern state of Perak and crashed into two cars. The suspected drug trafficker and driver of the second car were reportedly injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment. Police said the man would be arrested and charged with drug possession and trafficking.
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Air force to track whalers
The air force is to track the Japanese whaling fleet in Antarctic waters this season, Defense Minister Wayne Mapp said yesterday. The Japanese fleet set sail last month and the Sea Shepherd activists, who have vowed to stop the whaling, are sending their vessel, the Steve Irwin, into the area. In a joint statement, Mapp and Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said they did not want the situation to get out of hand. “Both sides need to be fully aware of the dangers, and act responsibly,” McCully said.
Actor recalls Mumbai siege
A British actor who played one of the London suicide bombers in a TV documentary escaped death at the hands of terrorists in the Mumbai massacre. Actor Joey Jeetun, 31, who played suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer in a British television documentary 7/7: Attack on London, was in Cafe Leopold, an expat and tourist haunt near the Taj Mahal Hotel when attackers stormed both venues and other key targets on Wednesday. Jeetun told reporters how he survived the attack after terrorists assumed that he was dead because he was covered in other people’s blood.
Activists attack sculptures
Police in Dhaka arrested eight Islamists after they attacked a sculpture depicting a group of white storks, in a continuing campaign against artwork they say is forbidden by Islam. Witnesses said nearly 400 Ulama Anjumane Al-Baiyanat activists attacked the sculptures with shovels and hammers, chanting slogans calling for the demolition of all stoneworks, which some hardline Islamists consider to be idols.
Swiss vote on heroin