Man barbecued and curried
Three men who barbecued and curried the remains of their victim were being held by authorities, police and reports said yesterday. The trio used a hammer to dismember Kazuyuki Kobayashi, before grilling parts of his body and getting rid of it in a rural part of the country, a police spokesman said. Broadcaster TV Asahi said two of the men had confessed to killing Kobayashi and stewing some of his flesh in a curry, in an effort to hide the smell. Tasuku Shimaoka, 34, Keita Yoshida, 30, and Koji Kawamura, 40, were arrested last week on charges of dismembering Kobayashi, who had been missing for around three years, the police spokesman said. It is common for police to arrest suspects on lesser charges initially in order to extend the time they are allowed to keep them in custody. Media reported Kobayashi’s body had been stored in a warehouse refrigerator in Tokyo before being taken to Niigata. Local reports said there was some kind of money trouble among the men.
Kissinger slams candidates
Former secretary of state Henry Kissinger is sharply criticizing both US presidential candidates for appealing to US suspicions of China in their campaigns. Kissinger said on Wednesday the candidates have used “extremely deplorable” language, labeling China a cheat. Last week both campaigns issued ads promising to get tough over alleged Chinese trade violations often blamed for major US job losses. Kissinger was the architect of US re-engagement with Beijing 40 years ago. He still advocates better relations between the superpowers. Kissinger has endorsed Mitt Romney, but made clear on Wednesday he opposed the candidate’s promise to designate China a currency manipulator, saying virtually all China experts oppose it.
Rare tiger dies in transport
A rare Sumatran tiger has died after his transport to an Indonesian park was aborted and he was put on a second flight because plane passengers complained about the smell, an official said. The eight-year-old big cat was being sent with other animals on a commercial flight on Tuesday from Banda Aceh in the northern tip of Sumatra island to a conservation center on Java island. However, during a scheduled stopover in Medan, Sumatra, the national carrier Garuda Indonesia decided to unload the animals and fly them back to Banda Aceh, citing passengers’ complaints about unpleasant odors, provincial conservation agency chief Afan Absory said yesterday.
UN calls for deaths probe
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Wednesday for Sudan to conduct a full investigation into an attack that killed four peacekeepers in Darfur, his spokesman said. Martin Nesirky said Ban was “appalled and deeply saddened” by the ambush on Tuesday of a patrol by UN-African Union peacekeepers in El Geneina, West Darfur. Four Nigerian peacekeepers were killed and eight others were wounded. The peacekeeping force, which numbers 23,500, has been deployed in Darfur since 2007 in an attempt to end hostilities between rebels and the Sudanese government. Later on Wednesday, the 15-member UN Security Council also condemned the ambush. It called on the government of Sudan to “swiftly investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice,” while reiterating its support for the UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur.