Tanker hijacked: IMB
Pirates have hijacked a Singapore-owned oil tanker in the Nigerian port of Lagos — the third attack in just more than two weeks in the Gulf of Guinea, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said yesterday. The vessel, which had 23 crew on board, was laden with fuel, the bureau’s Kuala Lumpur-based piracy reporting center said, adding that the pirates were sailing the ship into the open sea. It did not say how the pirates hijacked the tanker on Tuesday evening. Pirates hijacked and looted two oil tankers off nearby Togo last month. The two ships and all crew members were later freed.
Monastery raided: report
A US broadcaster says hundreds of Chinese police raided a Tibetan monastery where two Tibetans set themselves on fire in June to protest what activists say is Beijing’s heavy-handed rule. Radio Free Asia said yesterday that security forces took away five monks during Saturday’s raid at the Zilkar monastery in Yushu Prefecture, Qinghai Province. The broadcaster cites an India-based Tibetan with sources in the region as saying that at least three of the monks were seized for providing foreign media agencies with details about the June self-immolation protests by a herder and a migrant carpenter. A woman surnamed Zhang who answered the phone at the local government office said she had not heard about the incident.
Doctor banned for gay ‘cure’
A doctor has been severely reprimanded and banned from working as a general practitioner after prescribing a drug to a boy who came to him for help to “cure” his homosexuality. A Health Care Complaints Commission committee found Mark Craddock guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct over his treatment of the 18-year-old at a 10-minute consultation at his home in early 2008. Both men were at the time members of the Exclusive Brethren, a conservative Christian group whose members shun television, radio and the Internet and do not vote. The commission said Craddock failed to take a physical exam or medical history of the patient and did not refer him to a counsellor or psychologist. Instead, he prescribed cyprostat, a drug used to treat prostate cancer and manage sexual deviation by reducing testosterone, the commission alleged.
Bullfights back on TV
State TV will start airing live bullfights again after the new conservative government lifted a six-year ban on the tradition that has been hard hit by declining popularity and the economic crisis. The first fight was to be broadcast on the widely watched RTVE last night from the northern city of Valladolid. The live transmissions were halted in 2006 by the previous socialist administration, which said they were costly and coincided with youth TV viewing hours. New Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is a bullfighting fan.
Police free break-in pianist
Police arrested and then released without charge a homeless man who triggered an alarm after breaking into a music shop to play the piano and get some sleep. The 60-year-old man, who once studied music and is now homeless, smashed the music shop’s window in the northern town of Assen in search of a place to sleep on Sunday. A spokesman for the police in Assen said he played well. “He told my colleagues he had studied the piano for seven years,” Dirk Neef said. The man was released without charge on Monday.