French woman murdered
A French woman has been found murdered in a New Delhi guesthouse located in a rundown district popular with backpackers in the heart of the capital, police said on Saturday. New Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said he could not immediately release the woman’s identity. The woman was aged between 25 and 30, the media reports said. The victim’s body was found in “a highly decomposed state” in the guest house in Paharganj, Bhagat said. It was found in a room that had been booked by a handicraft trader who has since disappeared, Bhagat said. The woman had checked into another hotel in the same district on March 30 and her visa was due to expire on April 10, the Hindu newspaper said.
Bus crash kills 14, injures 11
State media say a bus veered off a highway and into a ditch in the northeast, killing 14 of the 25 people on board. Xinhua news agency said in a brief report yesterday that 11 people were hospitalized after the accident on Saturday afternoon in the coastal city of Dalian. Xinhua said the cause of the crash was being investigated.
Turkish PM begins visit
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was leaving on Saturday for the first official visit to the country by a Turkish prime minister in 27 years, an aide from his office said. Erdogan will first make a stopover in the Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region, the aide said on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity. A predominantly Muslim country, Turkey shares linguistic and religious links with the Uighur community, which has several associations here. Ankara accepts the country’s sovereignty over Xinjiang, but heavily criticized the 2009 violence in the region, denouncing what it described as “atrocities.” The aide said Erdogan would continue his tour with visits to Beijing and Shanghai.
Romanian found dead
A Romanian university student has been found dead three days after he went missing while swimming at a popular waterfall in the north. Regional civil defense chief Olive Luces said the body of George Sfintes was found floating on Saturday in the pool of the Tappiya Falls in Ifugao province’s Banaue Township. The area is popular with tourists who hike on mountain trails with a famous view of rice terraces. Provincial police chief Laurence Mombael said the 22-year-old Sfintes was with 10 other Western and Japanese visitors. He studied at a Japanese university. He said Sfintes could have strayed too close to the base of the falls and may have drowned after he was sucked into the churning water.
Police say suspected militants abducted a businessman in the south in the latest kidnapping by the group. Police Chief Inspector Randell Bueno says seven gunmen seized 62-year-old gas station owner Carlos Ty from his residence late on Saturday in Jolo township on Jolo Island, where the militant Abu Sayyaf group operates. He said the gunmen escaped on a vehicle similar to one used by Abu Sayyaf in previous kidnappings. Police are in pursuit of the gunmen in a mountainous area in Indanan township. Abu Sayyaf is notorious for kidnappings, beheadings and bombings and is on the US list of terrorist groups. The group is believed to be holding Australian, Malaysian, Japanese and Indian nationals in their jungle hideouts in the south.