Drug sentence reduced
Schapelle Corby’s lawyer says the Australian could be released from prison in Indonesia next month after her sentence was reduced. Corby was convicted in 2005 of smuggling marijuana into Bali and sentenced to 20 years’ in prison, including time spent awaiting trial. In May, Indonesia’s president reduced her sentence by five years. Friday’s six-month reduction means she has now served two thirds of her sentence and is eligible for parole. Lawyer Iskandar Nawing says they are arranging necessary guarantees from the Australian Consulate and Corby’s family to apply for parole next month. He says he expects Corby to be released in late September. The 34-year-old Corby was among 58,595 prisoners across Indonesia whose jail terms have been reduced to mark Independence Day. More than 2,200 were freed.
Car bomber kills 5 troops
A suicide car bomber has killed five security troops at a road checkpoint in the country’s volatile southwest, Pakistani spokesman Murtaza Baig said yesterday. The attacker detonated his explosives yesterday after he was stopped at the checkpoint in a Quetta suburb, he said. The killed troops were members of Pakistan’s paramilitary Frontier Corps. Baluchistan province and its capital, Quetta, have been the scene of an insurgency by Baluch nationalists who are demanding greater rights and share from the income generated from gas and minerals extracted from the province. Various Baluch groups are blamed for attacks on the province’s security forces and are suspected of targeting other ethnic groups in the region. Islamist Taliban militants and the extremist group Lashker-e-Jhangvi are also active in the province.
Typhoon kills four
At least four people died as Typhoon Kai-Tak barrelled across northern Vietnam bringing high winds and floods to several areas including the capital, Hanoi, reports said yesterday.
The typhoon, which made landfall late on Friday, was downgraded to a tropical depression yesterday but continued to dump water on already flooded parts of the country. More than 11,000 boats, including several hundred used by tourists at the UNESCO world heritage site Halong Bay, were ordered to stay close to the shore. The Vietnamese army put 20,000 soldiers backed by helicopters, rescue boats and canoes on standby to handle any incidents. Kai-Tak swept across Philippines’ main island of Luzon, dumping heavy rain on the Cagayan basin and other areas in the north, killing four people.
US drone kills five
A US drone attack yesterday killed at least five militants in a remote Pakistani tribal town near the Afghanistan border, security officials said. The drone fired two missiles on a compound in Shuwedar village in the troubled North Waziristan region considered a stronghold of Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants. Local intelligence officials confirmed the attack and casualties. The attack came as people in the deeply religious region celebrated the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, they said. Attacks by unmanned US aircraft are deeply unpopular in Pakistan, which says they violate its sovereignty and fan anti-US sentiment, but US officials are said to believe the attacks are too important to give up.
Teacher guilty in sex case
A former Texas high school teacher was convicted on Friday after having sex with five 18-year-old students at her home. It took the jury less than an hour to conclude that Brittni Nicole Colleps, 28, of Arlington, was guilty of 16 counts of having an inappropriate relationship between a student and teacher. The second-degree felony is punishable by two to 20 years in prison per count. The former Kennedale High School English teacher had sex with the students at her home over two months last year, authorities said.