Helicopter crash kills 12
Twelve military personnel including six cadets were killed in an air force helicopter crash while flying home after jungle training, a spokesman said yesterday. The crash occurred on Friday in Kuala Belait. The defense ministry said the two survivors were in stable condition. The Bell 212 military aircraft was carrying 14 people, including the pilot.
Hollande lauds Thai PM
President Francois Hollande hailed Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s “commitments in favor of democracy and freedom” as they met in Paris on Friday, his office said. They agreed to “diversify economic relations” and discussed political, educational and cultural cooperation, a statement from Hollande’s office said. They also vowed to boost military ties and said their defense ministries would sign a cooperation agreement. Yingluck also met Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.
Monroe photos to be sold
The government plans to auction off part of a photographic collection that includes hundreds of photographs of Marilyn Monroe. The collection includes close to 4,000 photographs taken by the late celebrity photographer Milton Greene. Some are well-known images, but officials say they believe the collection might contain some previously unpublished works. The photographs ended up in the government’s possession as the result of a complex embezzlement scandal that shook the country in the early 1990s. A Chicago businessman accused of cheating the government out of millions of dollars gave the collection in partial repayment for the its loss. The collection is valued at US$680,000.
‘Goat man’ spotted in Utah
A man spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah has wildlife officials worried he could be in danger as hunting season approaches. Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said on Friday the person is doing nothing illegal, but he worries the so-called “goat man” is unaware of the dangers. Douglass said a man hiking last Sunday along Ben Lomond peak in the mountains above Ogden, about 64km north of Salt Lake City, spotted the person dressed like a goat among a herd of real goats. The person provided some blurry photographs to Douglass, who said they did not appear to have been altered. Coty Creighton, 33, spotted the goat man during his hike. He said he came across the herd, but noticed something odd about one goat that was trailing behind the rest. “I thought maybe it was injured,” Creighton said on Friday. “It just looked odd.” He said he pulled out binoculars to get a closer look at the herd about 200m away and was shocked. The man appeared to be acting like a goat while wearing the crudely made costume, which had fake horns and a cloth mask with cut-out eye holes, Creighton said. “I thought: ‘What is this guy doing?’” Creighton said. “He was actually on his hands and knees. He was climbing over rocks and bushes and pretty rough terrain on a steep hillside.” The man then appeared to spot Creighton. “He just stopped in his tracks and froze,” he said. Creighton moved down the mountain and hid behind a tree, then began snapping photographs. The goat man then put his mask back on, Creighton said, got back down on his hands and knees and scurried to catch up with the herd. “We were the only ones around for miles,” Creighton said. “It was real creepy.”