Demolition triggers suicide
A woman blew herself up to protest the demolition of her house near Kunming yesterday, killing two people and injuring 14, Xinhua news agency said. The woman, who also died, was at a local government office negotiating compensation for the loss of her home when she detonated explosives attached to her body, Xinhua said. “We have opened an investigation. I can’t tell you anything, but three people were killed and 14 were injured,” said an official reached by telephone at the local government office, who refused to give his name. “Of those [injured], four were badly hurt and are now on their way to hospital in Kunming.” A witness told Xinhua the woman blew herself up after she was asked to sign documents relating to compensation, and was killed immediately.
Penguin deaths probed
Environmental officers yesterday were investigating the death of 27 penguins they believe were killed by a dog or a pack of dogs, ironically at Cat Bay. The protected Little Penguins were found mauled on Wednesday in the Phillip Island Nature Park in Victoria state, a popular tourist attraction. The Little Penguin, also known as the Fairy Penguin, is the world’s smallest penguin species and the only one permanently found in the nation. Phillip Island is home to one of the world’s largest colonies and every night hundreds of the birds swim ashore and make their way to their homes in the nature reserve. The owner of any dog found responsible for attacking a penguin could face fines of up to A$3,000 (US$3,000).
Citizen arrested in Cambodia
A man has been arrested in Phnom Penh for allegedly smuggling a North Korean yesterday. The ministry said the man, surnamed Kim, was arrested at the airport as he tried to re-enter Cambodia two weeks ago and accused of breaching “a law against human trafficking and sexual exploitation.” Yonhap news agency said the 35-year-old, a former North Korean refugee who became a South Korean national, had been sought by Cambodian police in connection with the disappearance of the North Korean woman in June last year. The woman, surnamed Moon and aged 25, was last seen leaving a Phnom Penh hotel room with Kim. Her current whereabouts are not known. “Mr Kim has told Cambodian authorities that he has an intimate relationship with Miss Moon,” a foreign ministry spokeswoman said.
Former PM Henry dies
Sir Geoffrey Henry, the colorful and forthright former leader, has died. He was 71 and had cancer. Henry was prime minister briefly in 1983 and then for a decade from 1989 to 1999. He was knighted in 1992. He died late on Wednesday. New Zealand lawmaker Su’a William Sio remembered him in a statement yesterday as a “shining star” of Cook Islands politics, a passionate rugby supporter and a friend to New Zealand.
Pollution drives activist off
Eric Bohm, chief executive officer of the World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong, is leaving the territory after 31 years because of the effects of air pollution on his wife’s health, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported. The 68-year-old Canadian will move to Britain, according to the SCMP. He said he is disappointed with the government’s inability to address the pollution problem, the newspaper reported. Bohm’s wife has asthma and contracted pneumonia twice last year, the SCMP cited him as saying.