Headless corpse identified
Police on Wednesday identified a head found hanging from a Bangkok bridge and a headless body discovered floating in the river below as an Italian man — Maurizio Tosadori, 52, from Verona — who they said had killed himself. The body parts were discovered separately on Saturday and Sunday, prompting a media frenzy over the identity of the foreigner and the circumstances of his death, which police at the time said could be murder. A police spokesman said the man almost certainly hanged himself by jumping off the Rama VIII bridge, with the force of the fall ripping the head from the body.
Sex tape rocks party
A videotape showing a top ethnic Chinese politician engaging in illegal sex acts has resurfaced, causing a rift in his party that could rock the ruling coalition, already weakened by electoral losses. A split in the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) party, the second biggest component of the ruling National Front coalition, bodes ill for the government whose popularity has plummeted in recent months. The fighting is between MCA President Ong Tee Keat and his deputy and rival, Chua Soi Lek, who has acknowledged being the person in the videotape that first surfaced in 2007 showing him having sex with a woman other than his wife. On Monday, police questioned Chua for allegedly engaging in oral sex — or “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” — which is illegal in Malaysia.
Immolation bid injures two
Two of three people who set themselves on fire in Beijing suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, state media reported yesterday, revealing that one was a woman. The report by Xinhua news agency gave no other information on the identities or motive of the trio in Wednesday’s incident, beyond a police statement that they came to Beijing to petition over an unspecified personal grievance. It gave no information on the third person, whom the China Daily said was believed taken into custody. Xinhua had originally said they were all men.
Anti-drug efforts fail: official
The global anti-drug effort is failing to effectively combat the emergence of a criminal market of “staggering proportions,” a UN official said yesterday. Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, speaking to officials marking a century of international efforts to curb trafficking in opium and other narcotics, said: “We must have the courage to look at the dramatic, unintended consequences of drug control: the emergence of a criminal market of staggering proportions.” Countries have so far failed to implement anti-crime measures in a way that has had an impact, he said.
Teens addicted to phones
Cellphones are taking center stage in the lives of Japanese teenagers, who often send or receive dozens of e-mails a day while eating, attending class or even taking a bath, a survey said. Around 46 percent of middle school students and 96 percent of high school students carry a mobile telephone, the research shows. One in four school children aged 11 to 12 has one. One in five middle school students sends or receives 50 or more e-mails on his or her phone each day, according to the education ministry survey of more than 10,000 children. Of these, 7 percent said they sent e-mail more than 100 times a day.