Man fined for Mugabe joke
A court fined a man US$150 for joking that President Robert Mugabe had died, a daily newspaper reported on Thursday. Cleapas Manangazira, 34, was convicted for undermining the authority of the president in a court in central city Gweru. Manangazira joked to police about Mugabe’s death when the bus he was traveling in stopped at a tollgate on the road to Gweru, according to the privately-owned NewsDay. “Why are you police officers sitting here? Don’t you know the president is dead?” prosecutors quoted Manangazira as saying. “We are coming from putting a tombstone on Mugabe’s grave. Did you hear me, people? Mugabe is dead.” Bus drivers tried to silence him, but the man went on joking about the long-time ruler. The conductors then told the bus driver to take Manangazira to Gweru police station, where he was arrested.
Moon’s son visits N Korea
A Unification Church official says the youngest son of the late Reverend Sun Myung Moon has left South Korea for the North Korean capital to meet with mourners. Church spokesman Ahn Ho-yeul says church leader Hyung-jin Moon plans to receive mourners at a church-owned peace institute in Pyongyang. The church has business interests in North Korea and the elder Moon worked to build ties with North Korean leaders. Ahn said yesterday that Hyung-jin Moon was traveling with the president of North Korea-based Pyeonghwa Motors. The company is partially owned by the church. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offered his condolences on the reverend’s death earlier this week. Sun Myung Moon, a self-proclaimed messiah, died on Monday at the age of 92 in Gapyeong County, northeast of Seoul. His funeral is set for Sept. 15.
Killer resists deportation
Officials yesterday were considering how to deport a 66-year-old British murderer after he was pulled from two commercial flights after reportedly spitting and screaming abuse at crew members. Keith Herring ripped a telephone from the seat of a plane and urinated in a holding cell as officials attempted to deport him back to England on Thursday, The Australian newspaper said. It was the second time in as many days that his removal fell through due to his behavior, it said. Herring received an immigration visa in 1988 despite a long criminal history in Britain and a year later killed his Philippine wife in their Sydney home. He was handed a 22-year sentence for the murder in 1995 along with a two-and-a-half-year term for his behavior during the trial which included exposing himself, calling the prosecutor a “fat slug,” and attempting to attack the judge, the report said.
China, S Korea talks unlikely
Japan is unlikely to hold summit talks with either China or South Korea on the sidelines of an upcoming Asia-Pacific meeting, the foreign minister said yesterday, amid rows over disputed islands. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will attend this year’s APEC summit in Vladivostok today and tomorrow, Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba told reporters. During his stay, Noda is to meet formally with US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as well as the leaders of Russia, Singapore and Australia, Gemba said, according to Jiji Press. However, the foreign minister added that Noda was unlikely to hold talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao (XXX) or South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, according to <<