Man on stabbing spree
A man wielding a box-cutter stabbed or cut eight people at a subway station just outside of Seoul after a teenager confronted him for spitting at him, police said yesterday. Police arrested a man running away from the station in Uijeongbu, which is home to US and South Korean military bases, the officers said. Such attacks are rare in the country. Police identified the suspect as a 39-year-old man surnamed Yoo. He began wielding a box cutter at an 18-year-old man surnamed Park inside the train when the victim confronted Yoo for spitting at him, police said.
Earthquake kills three
A powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake that shook the eastern island of Sulawesi has killed at least three people and seriously injured a dozen others, an official said yesterday. The quake struck on Saturday evening near the mountainous districts of Parigi Moutong and Sigi in Central Sulawesi province, where panicked residents ran from their homes into the streets as the ground shook violently for around 15 seconds. The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of around 20km, 56km southeast of the provincial capital Palu, where residents also felt the tremor and ran from their homes.
Local crowned Miss World
A 23-year-old music lover who wants to work with the poor, was crowned Miss World 2012 at a ceremony in Inner Mongolia, pageant organizers said on Saturday. Wearing a sparkling blue gown, Yu Wenxia waved to the audience in the Dongsheng Stadium in Ordos, located in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Organizers said Yu beat out 115 contestants, a record, in the highly publicized annual international beauty pageant. China also won the Miss World title in 2007, when model Zhang Zilin took the crown. Sophie Moulds, a 19-year-old business student from Wales, took second place. Jessica Kahawaty, 23, a law student from Australia, was third.
US planes fire missiles
Intelligence officials say missiles fired from unmanned US spy planes have hit two vehicles near the Afghan border, killing at least seven militants. Three intelligence officials said the strike yesterday came in the Mana area of North Waziristan. The officials say the area is dominated by Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a commander whose forces often target US troops in Afghanistan, but they did not know whether his men were targeted.
Bacteria kills six people
Six people have died after eating pickles contaminated with E. coli bacteria, officials said yesterday. A total of 103 others have been made ill after eating the same lightly pickled Chinese cabbage produced last month by a company in the city of Sapporo, according to health bulletins issued by the local government. Of the dead, five were elderly people who ate the pickles at nursing homes in Sapporo and in another city on Hokkaido Island. A four-year-old girl died on Aug. 11, five days after developing symptoms of E. coli poisoning, an official at Sapporo’s public health center said. Two women in their 90s died on Thursday in the city of Ebetsu, about 10 days after they were hospitalized with symptoms of food poisoning after eating the pickles at nursing homes.
Jews march against hate
Several hundred Jews and their supporters marched in the southern city of Malmo on Saturday to bring attention to intolerance and anti-Semitic attacks in the Nordic country. Malmo, which has a large immigrant Muslim community, saw a surge in hate crimes against Jews after Israel’s invasion of Gaza in 2009. Some of those participating in the Saturday walk wore the traditional kippa cap that Jewish men traditionally wear. The march passed without incident, and Willy Silberstein of the Swedish Committee Against Anti-Semitism, which organized the event, described it as a success. “It was impressive. There was much more people than we expected,” he said, adding that most of the participants were not Jewish.