US man stabbed to death
A 62-year-old US man was stabbed to death in downtown Beijing and a suspect has been caught, city police said. The Beijing Public Security Bureau said in a statement posted on its official microblog late on Wednesday that Howard Thomas Mills was attacked near the entrance to a narrow alleyway in the city’s Xicheng District. Mills arrived in China on July 3, the statement said. The alleged attacker, a 35-year-old man named An Libo who had arrived in the capital earlier that day by train from his hometown in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang Province, was arrested by police who were patrolling near the scene, the Chinese statement said.
Booze gets violence warning
The country’s top liquor maker said yesterday it has started labeling bottles with warnings against drunken violence, in a country which is one of the world’s heaviest alcohol consumers. Hite-Jinro said from Tuesday it began labeling soju and beer bottles sold in Seoul with messages reading: “No more drunken violence! Let’s improve wrong drinking culture!” The firm is the nation’s top maker of soju, a distilled liquor popular among Koreans, and the second-largest beer seller. Street brawls, family violence and other crimes involving drinking are common, but courts often give lenient punishments to offenders who acted under the influence.
Nine die in Taliban attack
At least half a dozen Taliban gunmen opened fire on a compound housing policemen in the east yesterday, killing nine of them, officials said. The police who were targeted in the city of Lahore were training to become prison guards, said Habibur Rehman, the chief of police in Punjab Province, where Lahore is the capital. Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was revenge for the police torture of their fighters in prison.
Heavy rains kill three
At least three people have died and 50,000 have been ordered to evacuate their homes as unprecedented rains pounded the southwestern island of Kyushu, officials and media said yesterday. Emergency workers in Kumamoto Prefecture are responding to multiple reports of mudslides swallowing houses and people trapped, with access roads blocked by mud or gushing water, officials said. Troops have been deployed with nearly 500mm of rain falling in the eight hours to 8am yesterday in some parts of the prefecture. “Particularly in Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures, we are seeing the heaviest rain that [the region] has ever experienced,” the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Avalanche kills at least six
At least six people were killed and eight injured yesterday in an avalanche in the French Alps, mountain police said, with emergency services dispatched to the scene. Local authorities said the avalanche was “the most deadly of recent years.” “There are reportedly people missing,” police said, adding that the avalanche had hit two roped groups of climbers. One of the injured sounded the alert at around 3:25am after the avalanche on Mont Maudit, a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif. Mont Maudit is the massif’s third-highest peak, rising to an altitude of 4,465m.
Man held for torturing wife
A West Virginia man has been arrested for torturing his wife, making her a slave and holding her hostage in chains for nearly a decade, authorities said. Jackson County officials have charged Peter Lizon of Leroy with malicious wounding after his wife showed up at a nearby shelter with scars on her wrists and ankles caused by being chained up with metal padlocks, local media reported. Lizon, 37, had also allegedly smashed her feet with farming equipment. He called his wife a “slave” and made her kneel before him whenever he entered the room, according to a criminal complaint filed by a woman who met her at a shelter and was cited by local media.