Three bus crashes kill 28
At least 28 people have been killed and dozens injured in three bus crashes in one day in the south, state media reported yesterday. A bus overturned on a mountainous road in Yunnan Province late on Saturday, killing at least nine passengers and injuring 24, Xinhua news agency said. The injured were all taken to local hospitals, and the cause of the crash is under investigation, the report said. The bus, which was carrying 37 passengers, started its journey in the city of Chuxiong and was bound for the tourist town of Dali. In Guizhou Province, 13 people were killed and 22 injured when the tire of the bus they were riding in blew out, causing the vehicle to career off the road, Xinhua said. In the southern Guangxi region, six people were killed when their bus collided with a truck, Xinhua said.
Police detain Tibetan writer
An overseas Tibetan news service said police had detained a Tibetan writer in a western county hit by anti-government protests as the country’s crackdown against persistent unrest spreads. The Voice of Tibet, which is based in Norway, said that more than 20 police officers took Gangkye Drubpa Kyab from his home in Serthar county’s main town on Wednesday night and that he has not been released. Police and government officials in Serthar said they had not heard about the case. Authorities have been caught in a cycle of protest and repression over the past year. More than 20 Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest repressive measures, and security forces have responded with more repression.
Runaway emu amuses locals
An elusive emu on the lam in Vermont has been amusing residents in communities on Lake Champlain. The 68kg flightless bird looks like a small ostrich. It has been spotted wandering here and there in Grand Isle and South Hero since it escaped from a local farm five weeks ago. It was spotted again on Friday outside the South Hero elementary school, where it walked by a window of the principal’s office. School worker Steve Berard tried to lasso it with an extension cord, but it broke free. The emu’s owner told WCAX-TV he bought three emus for his grandchildren but they do not make great pets. He has taken out an ad in a local newspaper saying: “Free emu if you can capture it.”
Man snowed in for months
A man was dug out alive after being snowed in to his car on a forest track for two months with no food, police and local media reported on Saturday. The 45-year-old was found on Friday, emaciated and too weak to utter more than a few words. He was found not far from the city of Umea in the north of Sweden by snowmobilers who thought they had come across a car wreck until they dug their way to a window and saw movement inside. The man, who was laying in the back seat in a sleeping bag, said he had been in the car since Dec. 19. Umea University Hospital, where the man is recovering after being rescued by police and a rescue team, said in a statement he was doing well. Doctors at the hospital said humans would normally be able to survive for about four weeks without food. Besides eating snow, the man probably survived by going into a dormant-like state, physician Stefan Branth told Vasterbottens-Kuriren. “A bit like a bear that hibernates. Humans can do that,” he said. “He probably had a body temperature of around 31oC, which the body adjusted to. Due to the low temperature, not much energy was used up.”