Police raid trendy gay bar
Police raided a popular gay bar on Shanghai’s Bund riverfront on Sunday, taking more than 60 people into custody for several hours, the Shanghai Daily reported yesterday. Police said “pornographic” shows were taking place when they arrived at the Q Bar in the early hours of Sunday, reported. All those detained — DJs, customers and bar staff — were released later in the day, the report said. Some were held for up to 12 hours. Steven Bao, a DJ at the Q Bar, said he believed the raid was the result of fierce competition between clubs, suggesting other venues had complained to police to create problems for the bar and its patrons.
Cannibal gets life in jail
A self-proclaimed cannibal, who slit his roommate’s throat, partially severed his genitals and then drank his blood, was found guilty of murder yesterday and jailed for life. A Supreme Court jury convicted Robert Ian Logan, 23, of killing Ben Huntingford, 22, in their Queensland home in June 2006 and stabbing his pet dog, Butch, in a bloody attack likened by witnesses to an abattoir slaughter. Huntingford’s throat was cut from ear to ear and prosecutors told the jury his blood had been used to write obscenities on the walls. His penis was almost severed and Huntingford also had stab wounds to the heart, liver, spleen, kidney and lung, with Logan alleging he was motivated by an unwanted sexual advance from Huntingford.
Bird photo leads to charges
Five soldiers on anti--poaching duty face criminal charges after Facebook pictures appeared of them posing with a dead, endangered Great Pied Hornbill bird. Defense Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the group was part of a force protecting the Royal Belum-Temengor rainforest in the northern state of Perak, when they came across the bird which had been shot by a hunter. Department of Wildlife and National Park official Ahmad Zahid said that although the soldiers were not responsible for shooting the bird, they should have tried to save it rather than killing and posing with it.
Equality law sparks strike
Riot police patrolled the streets of Dhaka yesterday as a strike called by Islamic parties to protest a proposed law favoring female equality brought much of the country to a halt. The parties, known as the Islamic Law Implementation Committee, called the strike to protest against the government’s move to pass laws ensuring equal property and inheritance rights for women in the Muslim-majority country. Most shops, businesses and schools in Dhaka were shut and major roads in and around the capital were almost deserted.
Activist sentenced to jail
The son of a revolutionary leader was jailed for seven years yesterday for anti-state propaganda activities, in one of the nation’s most politically charged cases in years. After a trial lasting about half a day, Cu Huy Ha Vu, 53, was convicted of advocating an end to one-party communist rule. “Cu Huy Ha Vu’s behavior is serious and harmful to society. His writings and interviews blackened directly or indirectly the Communist Party of Vietnam,” said Nguyen Huu Chinh, who chaired the trial. Vu is the son of Cu Huy Can, who was a member of founding president Ho Chi Minh’s provisional Cabinet from 1945, and is also a celebrated poet.
Mexico dispute heats up
A bitter dispute has erupted between Paris and Mexico City following the Mexican government’s claim that a Mayan-style statue sold at a Paris auction for a record 2.9 million euros (US$4.124 million) was a fake. Bidding was frantic for Seated Divinity, a 1.5m warrior with axe and shield, described in the catalogue as up to 1,400 years old. However, no sooner had the piece been sold to an unidentified buyer than Mexican officials declared it a modern piece made to look old. “It is a recently manufactured piece that does not belong to any of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic cultures,” the National Institute of Anthropology and History said in a statement. Nonsense, replied the Binoche et Giquello auction house. “They want to ruin the market for pre-Hispanic art in my opinion,” auctioneer Alexandre Giquello said. Jacques Blazy, specialist for the sale, said the denunciation was political. The latest war of words broke out less than two months into Paris’ Year of Mexico, a cultural festival that celebrates Mexican culture across the country. However, the mood soured when Paris declared it would use the occasion to push for the release of Florence Cassez, 36, a French woman jailed for 60 years in Mexico for kidnapping. Mexico retaliated by pulling out of the celebrations.
Lost passenger jet found
Newly found wreckage from an Air France plane that crashed into the Atlantic in 2009 en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris is a large and intact part of the passenger jet, Transport Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet told France Inter public radio, a day after investigators announced that parts of the doomed plane had been found. Kosciusko-Morizet said there was now the “hope to quickly find the black boxes” that might tell investigators exactly what caused the crash, which has been partly blamed on allegedly defective speed monitors. The plane went down roughly midway between Brazil and Senegal on June 1, 2009, killing all 228 people on board, in the deadliest crash in Air France’s history.
Police wound hundreds
Police using live rounds and teargas wounded about 409 protesters who tried to march to a presidential palace in the Red Sea city of Hudaida early yesterday, doctors said. Residents said the demonstrators arranged the 2am march in protest at a security crackdown on rallies in Taiz, south of the capital, that killed two and wounded hundreds on Sunday. A few thousand demonstrators took part in the march. Protests inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia have brought President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year rule to the verge of collapse. However, the president, a perennial survivor, called on Sunday for an end to the violence, signaling he has no intention of resigning soon.
UN calls for more centers
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres yesterday urged Nairobi to permit the expansion of residential areas for Somali refugees. More than 314,000 Somalis currently live at three camps in the Dadaab area in the northeast of the country and a new residential site needs to be built to house refugees who are arriving daily, the High Commissioner and the heads of the World Food Programme and UN Women said in a joint e-mailed statement. Most of southern and central Somalia has been controlled by the Islamist al-Shabaab militia since it began a campaign against the government in 2007.
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