Suspected clan war kills six
Six members of a family were killed and two other relatives wounded in an attack linked to a suspected clan war in the south, police said yesterday. Gunmen opened fire on the victims’ house on the island of Jolo late on Wednesday, provincial police chief Senior Superintendent Joseph Ramac said, adding: “This is a rido [clan war].” Police are investigating the possible involvement of a neighbor who had accused a relative of the targeted family of rape and arson. Rido, or violent feuds among rival Muslim clans, have plagued the southern third of the mainly Roman Catholic country for decades, with families fighting over land, political power or matters of honor.
Bikers face murder charges
Ten bikers will go on trial for murder after a vicious brawl between rival gangs at a Sydney airport resulted in a man being bludgeoned with a metal pole and stabbed to death with a knife and scissors, a court said yesterday. A chance meeting between members of the rival Hells Angels and Comanchero gangs on a flight led to cellphone calls for reinforcements when the plane landed. Hells Angel Anthony Zervas, 29, died after being struck and stabbed when a fight broke out in front of stunned onlookers at a domestic airport on March 22 last year. The battle began at an arrival gate and rolled through the airport to a Qantas Airways check-in desk where Zervas died.
Mortar wounds Abkhazian VP
The vice president of the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia was wounded in a mortar attack on his house overnight, officials said yesterday. Abkhazian Vice President Alexander Ankvab suffered shrapnel wounds when his home in Gudauta was attacked early yesterday morning, Abkhazian Prosecutor General Safar Mikanba said in comments broadcast on Russia’s Rossiya-24 news channel. “His life is not in danger,” Mikanba said.
State denies data ‘doctored’
The government yesterday denied allegations that it manipulated population data to support a controversial family planning campaign in one of the world’s most populous Roman Catholic nations. Bernardo Villegas, a conservative academic, has alleged the government’s statistics office padded the 2000 census data by 146,542 babies, leading to higher future population projections. “As a long-term student of Philippine demography, I had always suspected some doctoring of population data by birth-control pushers,” Villegas said. Abortion is illegal and artificial birth control methods are not provided at community health centers because of Church opposition. The National Statistical Coordination Board acknowledged increasing the estimated base population for 2000, but said it did so because census data on five-to-nine-year-olds suggested the number of kids aged four or younger was under-reported.
Mass grave discovered
An official says a mass grave has been found containing the remains of 47 communist commandos killed during the Vietnam War. Lu Dinh Phu says eight of the bodies have been identified. Phu is the deputy chief of Nghia Hanh district in central Quang Ngai Province, where the grave is located. The commandos were believed to have been killed during their attack on a building used by the US-backed Saigon government in January 1968. Former commandos who survived the attack tipped the government to the site of the grave.
FRENCH AID: Paris has sent a navy ship and aircraft from Reunion Island with some pollution control equipment, but rough seas are spreading the oil spill The operator of a Japanese bulk carrier which ran aground off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean yesterday apologized for a major oil spill, which officials and environmentalists say is creating an ecological disaster, as police prepared to board the ship. The MV Wakashio, operated by Mitsui OSK Lines, struck the reef on Mauritius’ southeast coast on July 25. “We apologize profusely and deeply for the great trouble we have caused,” Mitsui OSK Lines executive vice president Akihiko Ono said at a news conference in Tokyo. The company would “do everything in their power to resolve the issue,” he said. At least 1,000 tonnes of
They stand as eyesores to most passers-by and potential public health risks to authorities, decaying buildings wrapped in tangles of exposed wire, studded with protruding leaky plastic pipes, vegetation billowing from cracks and terraces where particulates from polluted air have accumulated over time. With skyscrapers and ultramodern developments on every side, some of these “nail houses” are also sitting on land worth millions of dollars in Shenzhen’s inferno of a property market, where new-unit and second-hand home prices rival London. In battles over land and development, the nail house phenomenon has become widespread throughout China over the past two decades, with owners
A cat that went missing on a family holiday on the shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland, has been identified 12 years later. Tortoiseshell-and-white Georgie spent October half term in 2008 with her owners at the Rowardennan campsite, but vanished as they were due to return home to Greater Manchester, England. After a search of the site the Davies family departed without Georgie, hoping the three-year-old microchipped feline would be located by someone. Over the intervening 12 years, she remained close to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park site, being fed and cared for by campsite staff and holidaymakers. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit and lockdown
An Italian alpine resort on Friday remained on high alert over fears that a vast chunk of a glacier on the slopes of the Mont Blanc massif could plummet in high temperatures. “No one gets through! No cars, bikes or pedestrians,” was the message at a checkpoint where an automatic barrier and two guards blocked the small road snaking up into a lush valley below the Planpincieux glacier, near the town of Courmayeur and the Italian-French border. The blockade has largely been greeted with contempt by the locals, one of whom said: “It’s a joke.” The huge ice block measuring around 500,000 cubic