Murder suspect slain in jail
Authorities said a mentally ill man who fatally stabbed his barber after he was teased about his new haircut had been shot dead inside a jail by the victim’s brother. Calinog Mayor Alex Centina said the brother of the slain barber pretended to be bringing food to the detained Benjie Lozada on Tuesday, but then he shot him in the face in front of Lozada’s mother. Lozada had turned himself in last week and confessed to killing the barber and town pastor Charlie Agustino inside his shop after relatives teased him about his haircut. Police said the suspect was on medication for mental illness. The town’s police chief was fired for security lapses.
Police have busted two huge child-trafficking rings that spanned 10 provinces, arresting more than 600 suspects and rescuing 178 children, the Public Security Ministry said yesterday. Police in Sichuan Province had chanced on clues that a child-trafficking gang was operating there when dealing with a traffic accident in May, the ministry said in a statement. Then in August, police in Fujian Province discovered the existence of another gang involved in child trafficking. More than 5,000 police officers from 10 provinces launched a joint offensive on Nov. 30, arresting 608 suspects. The rescued children have been placed in welfare agencies.
Japan returns documents
Japan on Tuesday returned more than 1,000 volumes of historical documents it seized during its colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula in a gesture aimed at improving prickly relations with Seoul. A traditional troupe greeted the arrival of the 1,200 volumes at Incheon airport. After a ceremony attended by officials from both nations, the books were to be transported to a state museum in Seoul. The archives include royal protocols for weddings, funerals, banquets and other events during the Joseon Dynasty, which ruled from the 14th century until Japan took over in 1910.
Lip-synching cop fired
First, police were angry about a young cop’s YouTube lip-synching antics. Then, they championed him for softening the image of an unloved force. Now, after he put stardom over police duty, Norman Kamaru, 26, has been fired. The video of Kamaru trying to lift the spirits of a heartbroken colleague by shimmying and lip-synching to the Bollywood hit Chaiyya Chaiyya went viral in April. Initially, the top brass was furious, but that changed when the public rallied to his support. Kamaru started appearing regularly on TV talk shows in full uniform. When he got a US$100,000 record deal, he told his bosses he wanted out. They said no, and he stopped coming to work. National police spokesman Saud Usman Nasution said Kamaru was dishonorably discharged on Tuesday.
Radiation detector launched
Shanghai officials launched a radiation detection system yesterday at Yangshan port as part of efforts to prevent the smuggling of nuclear materials. The system is meant to provide comprehensive screening as part of the Megaports Initiative, a US Department of Energy effort to provide such scanning systems at 100 of the world’s biggest ports. The Shanghai port shipped 3.86 million containers from January to October this year, with about 18 percent destined for the US. The US department’s National Nuclear Security Administration has faced criticism for delays in installing the detectors.