Mine blast kills 14
A coal mine explosion has killed at least 14 people just days after a blast in the country’s southwest left 44 dead. Xinhua news agency said dozens of miners were working when the blast ripped through the Gaokeng Coal Mine in Jiangxi Province’s Pingxiang at midday on Sunday. Xinhua reported yesterday that 23 miners escaped or were rescued and 14 were confirmed dead. It said one miner remained missing and 11 others were hospitalized.
Red Bull heir detained
A grandson of the creator of the Red Bull energy drink is suspected of driving a Ferrari that struck and killed a policeman and then dragged the officer’s body down a Bangkok street in a hit-and-run accident. Police took Vorayuth Yoovidhya in for questioning yesterday after tracing oil streaks for several blocks to his gated estate in a wealthy Bangkok neighborhood. Police commander Lieutenant General Comronwit Toopgrajank said he found the car on the compound of late Red Bull founder Chaleo Yoovidhaya, one of the nation’s wealthiest men before he passed away this year. The officer was killed during a pre-dawn motorcycle patrol. Local media reported that the car dragged the officer and his motorcycle for several dozen meters as it sped through the residential neighborhood.
Pirate Bay founder arrested
Authorities have arrested a co-founder of Pirate Bay, one of the world’s biggest free file-sharing Web sites, and are considering a request from Sweden to send him there, where he faces a jail sentence for breaching copyright laws. The Swedish man, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, 27, has been living in the country for some time. An appeals court in Sweden sentenced three others behind the site to between four months and 10 months in prison plus fines in 2010. Warg failed to attend that hearing due to illness and his sentencing was deferred. He had originally been sentenced to a year in prison in 2009. Authorities were in Phnom Penh said they were waiting for legal documents from Sweden. Khmer440.com said Warg had been living in Phnom Penh for four years.
Robbers kill US man
Police say robbers at a convenience store in Manila have shot dead a US executive of an English-language training center. Police say Robert Edward Armstrong was inside the Manila store on Sunday, when four robbers ordered the employees and at least three customers into the storage room while they emptied the cash register. Police officer Alonzo Layugan said 45-year-old Armstrong was shot when he tried to dash out of the store. Layugan said yesterday that the wounded American managed to get into his car, but one of the robbers shot him again. Armstrong was declared dead at a hospital. His hometown was not immediately known. Police say the other customers and employees were unharmed.
Victori wins YouTube award
Spanish filmmaker David Victori has won the inaugural edition of YouTube’s Your Film Festival for his short movie The Guilt. The winner was announced on Sunday on the sidelines of the Venice Film Festival after selection by a jury that included director Ridley Scott and actor Michael Fassbender. Victori, whose movie focuses on a man obsessed with revenge after his wife’s murder, will receive US$500,000 for his next project, with Scott and Fassbender acting as executive producers.