Angry wife hits wrong house
A woman angry at her cheating husband crashed a car into the building where she thought her love rival lived, only to find she had targeted the wrong property, the Nelson Mail reported yesterday. The 25-year-old woman pleaded guilty in court to causing damage of almost NZ$43,000 (US$36,000) to the property in the South Island town of Nelson, the report said. The woman, whose name was suppressed, was driving with her husband in the town in June, when she confronted him over text messages he had received from another woman. She demanded he direct her to the woman’s apartment complex and point out which property she lived in. The furious wife then crashed her car through the gates of the apartment complex and accelerated into the garage of the house where she thought the woman lived. Her husband ran off, while his wife waited for police to arrive, the report said.
No damage from rocket fire
The interior ministry said a rocket that was fired into the heart of Kabul did not cause any damage or casualties. Ezatullah, a police officer at the scene, said the rocket landed early yesterday morning inside the presidential palace compound. Another police official in that district of the capital had also confirmed it landed within the perimeter of the spacious presidential palace compound. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information. A US military official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said the rocket did not strike the palace and no damage was reported. The police are investigating.
Penguin heading home
A young emperor penguin that captured global attention when it washed up on a beach after straying thousands of kilometers from home will be head back to the subantarctic aboard a research vessel and in a specially designed cage. The Wellington Zoo, where the male penguin — nicknamed “Happy Feet” by locals — has been living since June, yesterday said he would be on the research vessel Tangaroa, when it leaves on Aug. 29 for a fisheries survey. The penguin will be released from the ship about four days out at sea, en route to his final destination. “Happy Feet has captured the hearts of New Zealanders and people across the world, and we’re pleased to be able to help safely return him to the Southern Ocean,” Rob Murdoch of NIWA, the research organization that operates the vessel, said in a statement issued by the zoo. A Wellington Zoo veterinarian will accompany the penguin, which will be housed in a crate designed by zoo staff to keep him cool and comfortable during the voyage. He will be fitted with a GPS tracker that will allow fans to monitor his progress on several Web sites, www.sirtrack.com and www.ourfarsouth.org.
PRC denies chopper access
The defense ministry on Tuesday said media reports that Pakistan gave it access to a radar-evading helicopter that crashed during the US mission to kill al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden were “baseless and preposterous.” The Financial Times reported on Sunday that Pakistan allowed Chinese military engineers to photograph and take samples of the stealth chopper before giving it back to the US. The US suspects that Pakistan shared the technology with China in retaliation for its May 2 raid that killed bin Laden on Pakistani soil. Pakistan has denied the charge.