Clash leaves seven dead
A security official says Islamist militants ambushed paramilitary soldiers patrolling a tribal area along the Afghan border, triggering a shootout that left two troops and five insurgents dead. The official said yesterday the clash happened overnight in the Shaheedano Dhand area of the Kurram tribal region. The army recently said it intended to launch a new offensive against insurgents in Kurram, but has not given details.
Manga doctorate offered
To earn this doctorate, you need to hit the books — specifically, the country’s comic books. Kyoto Seika University said on Tuesday it would launch the country’s first doctoral program in manga studies next year. The private university is well known for its manga and anime programs and established a master’s degree course in manga last year. Manga comics and graphic novels are often less action-oriented and cuter than their traditional US counterparts. The university says it has received overseas requests for an advanced center for manga research, and that the industry is in transition amid globalization and the growth of digital media. The university plans to enroll four doctoral students starting next year.
Police probe coffin stunt
A marketing executive who anonymously sent coffins to journalists and celebrities to promote a new book is being investigated for “unpleasant acts,” police said on Tuesday. Sumardy Ma sent dozens of small coffins to newsrooms, advertising executives and social media personalities on Monday with anonymous messages pointing to a Web site promoting his book on word-of-mouth marketing. Many of the recipients said they were disturbed and frightened, and some threatened to sue. Police officer Johanson Simamora said Ma could face up to a year in jail.
Protesters clash with police
Hundreds of people battled police and destroyed cars after a factory worker was wounded in a knife attack over a wage dispute, authorities and media said yesterday. Eighteen people were injured and nine were detained in Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, on Monday when police tried to quell a protest involving more than 200 migrant workers, the local government and Global Times newspaper said. Protesters had gathered in front of a government building demanding authorities punish three people suspected of attacking a migrant worker surnamed Xiong (熊) on June 1, reports said. The attack came after Xiong had demanded two months of unpaid wages, the state-run Global Times said. The three suspects, including the boss of the ceramics factory where Xiong worked, have been arrested and their cases transferred to the local judicial department for “criminal punishment,” the Chaozhou government said in a statement.
Elephant rampage kills man
Two wild elephants trampled one person to death in a three-hour rampage in the city of Mysore early yesterday, causing widespread panic, local officials said. Karnataka State Higher Education Minister S.A. Ramdas said the elephants entered the city from a nearby forest at about 6am and “wreaked havoc in a suburb by trampling one person to death and caused panic across the city.” The victim was a 55-year-old man who had come out of his house on hearing a commotion. He was trampled to death and died instantly, Ramdas said.
Border with Egypt reopens