Divorced dad ends protest
A father demanding visiting rights with his son climbed down on Monday from his protest perch atop a crane, but said it would be a long time before divorced dads are seen as credible single parents and get the same rights as mothers. Serge Charnay halted his four-day protest on the crane in Nantes after Justice Minister Christiane Taubira met with SOS Papa, an activist group for divorced fathers. “It’s a start ... There’s lots of work to do,” he told TV cameras after reaching the ground. “These little ladies still think we can’t change the diapers of a kid and take care of him ... This must stop.”
Police chief missing
The police chief of the violent border city of Nuevo Laredo is missing, authorities said on Monday. Tamaulipas state prosecutors said they have opened an investigation into the whereabouts of Roberto Balmori Garza, police chief of the city across the border from Laredo, Texas. Local media reported that two of Balmori Garza’s brothers were found shot dead on Sunday inside the trunk of a car in the neighboring state of Nuevo Leon. One of his brothers was a federal investigator, media reported.
Lawmaker’s body found
The body of a local lawmaker has been found cemented in a barrel, and a former government official has been accused of ordering the killing over an US$80 million debt, officials said on Monday. Mikhail Pakhomov, 37, was a member of the legislature in Lipetsk, a city about 350km south of Moscow, and was last seen on Tuesday last week, when three unidentified men pushed him into a car outside a restaurant in Lipetsk and drove away. The Investigative Committee said several suspects had been detained, including Yevgeny Kharitonov, a former deputy minister for communal services in the Moscow region’s provincial government, who was suspected of ordering the killing.
Animals win in boar hunt
At first it looked like no contest: 200 hunters versus 170 wild boars, but in the end, only one boar was slain. As hunter Jef Schrijvers said after a frustrating day: “The boars won. The hunters lost.” The town of Postel had organized the hunt because a sharp rise in the boar population had damaged farm fields and woods and caused traffic problems. In a coordinated swoop, the hunters sought to drive the boars together so that marksmen in high positions could shoot them, but the plan did not work. Schrijvers told VRT television that “the hunt was perfect, safe and correct. Only the result was disappointing.”