Two Shiites killed: activists
Two Shiites were killed in overnight clashes with police in the eastern province of Qatif following the arrest of a prominent Shiite cleric and government critic, activists said yesterday. Akhbar Shakuri and Mohammed Filfel died and a dozen protesters were wounded during the clashes, which erupted when police opened fire to disperse a demonstration against the arrest of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the activists said.
Five arrested in drug bust
Customs officers have made the country’s biggest drug bust so far this year, seizing nearly 3 million party drug pills worth 58.28 million ringgit (US$18.4 million), senior customs official Matrang Suhaili said yesterday. Five people, including a woman and her Bangladeshi husband, had been arrested and face a possible death sentence on suspicion of drug trafficking. Initial investigations revealed that the drugs were stored in a container that arrived at Port Klang, the nation’s largest and busiest port, late last month from India via Hong Kong.
Attack gets official in trouble
President Benigno Aquino III yesterday suspended Kalinga Province Governor Jocel Baac for a month without pay for storming a state-run radio station and hitting a broadcaster on the head with a microphone. The suspension comes a year after Baac barged into a studio of radio DZRK to confront announcer Jerome Tabanganay, who accused him of failing to stop illegal gambling in the area. A video of the incident uploaded to YouTube showed Baac bursting into a radio booth at the station, hitting Tabanganay with a microphone and scuffling with staff.
Newlywed goes into labor
A bride gave birth only minutes after tying the knot at a townhall wedding, making it more of a “big day” than anticipated, Jallais Mayor Jean-Robert Gachet said on Sunday. “It did rather shake us up,” Gachet said, after hearing that mother and baby were doing well. Saturday’s ceremony at 11am was nearly called off after the heavily pregnant bride had several false alarms, although her due date was on July 14. The bride was “definitely a bit worn out, but we put that down to the stress of the wedding. I tried to hurry it up a bit so that she didn’t get too tired,” Gachet said. However, only moments after the happy couple said their vows and emerged outside to pose for the traditional photos, while the guests left for the reception, the bride suddenly felt unwell and went back into the townhall.