Salman named crown prince
King Abdullah appointed his defense minister, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, as heir apparent, opting for stability and a continuation of cautious reforms at a time of challenges for the world’s biggest oil exporter. Crown Prince Salman, 76, has built a reputation for pragmatism and is likely swiftly to assume substantial day-to-day responsibilities from a king 13 years his senior. The swift decision came as no surprise; analysts had already said they expected Salman to continue the gradual social and economic reforms adopted by Abdullah.
Popular singer shot to death
A popular singer was shot dead in the northwestern city of Peshawar, police said yesterday. Ghazala Javed, 24, was shot six times by gunmen as she left a beauty salon, and her ex-husband was a suspect in the case, police said. Her father, who was with her, was also killed, police said. “Two men on a motorbike sprayed bullets and fled leaving them in a pool of blood,” senior police officer Dilawar Bangash said. “We have registered a case and launched an investigation. The murder seems to be result of some internal dispute.” She sang in her native Pashto language and released more than two-dozen albums that were popular among Pashto speakers in the northwest. She married a businessman in 2010, but demanded a divorce after discovering he had another wife and because he tried to ban her from singing, the family said.
Man decapitates daughter
A father cut off his daughter’s head and paraded it around his village after becoming enraged over her relationships with men, police in Rajasthan state said yesterday. Oghad Singh, a marble mine worker, used a sword to behead his 22-year-old daughter, Manju, who was married three years ago, but had become estranged from her husband. “The accused was disturbed with his daughter’s extramarital affairs so he took this extreme step,” Rahul Katkey, superintendent of police in Rajsamand District, said by telephone. Singh walked out of his home on Sunday evening holding his daughter’s head in one hand and the bloodied sword in the other before a neighbor persuaded him to give himself up.
Teacher a sex crime suspect
Authorities in Gansu Province ordered the arrest of an elementary-school teacher who allegedly sexually assaulted eight pupils, the youngest aged 10, a newspaper said yesterday. Liu Junhong (劉軍紅), 28, reportedly raped five girls and acted indecently toward another three over the past year at the school, the China Youth Daily said. The oldest victim was 13. Seven of the girls were children of migrant workers who were employed far from their homes, the report said. It is unclear whether police had already arrested the teacher or whether they were still looking for him.
Suspects sentenced to death
State media said a court sentenced two men to death for the rape and murder of a woman whose killing sparked a wave of communal violence that left more than 50 people dead. The Myanma Ahlin daily reported yesterday that the verdict was handed down Monday in Kyaukpyu District, Rakhine State. The 27-year-old Buddhist woman was killed by Rohingya Muslims on May 28. On June 3, a Buddhist mob dragged 10 Rohingyas off a bus and killed them. The incidents helped set off almost a week of violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingyas.