Raped little girl dies
A four-year-old girl has died in hospital nearly two weeks after she was raped and found unconscious at a farm, hospital staff and reports said yesterday. The girl had been taken by air ambulance from central Madhya Pradesh state to the Care Hospital in Nagpur on April 20, where she died on Monday night from cardiac arrest, a hospital spokesman said. The girl had been found unconscious by her parents on April 18, a day after a 35-year-old man allegedly raped her in the town of Ghansour and dumped her at a farm, the Press Trust of India reported.
Tokyo governor apologizes
Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose apologized to the Muslim world yesterday after saying Islamic countries have nothing in common but Allah and “fighting with each other.” Inose, whose city is bidding for the 2020 Olympic Games, was forced into the climbdown after telling the New York Times in an article published on Friday last week that Islamic nations are belligerent and overly hierarchical. The comments were seen as a slight on Istanbul, which is vying to become the first city from the Muslim world to host the Games. Inose initially defended his remarks, but yesterday he appeared before television cameras to say sorry. “There were remarks that can lead to misunderstandings among Islamic people,” he told reporters. “So now I clearly apologize. If there are remarks that can be misunderstood, it is the inadequacy of my expression.”
Surgeon’s honor criticized
Academics are calling for a Chinese liver transplant surgeon accused of harvesting organs from prisoners to be stripped of a University of Sydney honorary professorship. Huang Jiefu (黃潔夫), who was trained in Sydney and until recently China’s vice minister for health, now oversees Beijing’s organ transplant committee. The university awarded Huang an honorary professorship that was recently extended for another three years. Sydney professor of medicine Maria Fiatarone Singh is organizing a petition to have Huang’s honors overturned. Huang and the Beijing government had paid only “lip service” to stopping organ harvesting from prisoners, she said. “They are basically still practicing execution on demand.”
Overhaul planned for Bondi
Bondi Beach is set for a major makeover, with concrete car parks to be replaced with grass, trees and a boardwalk in an ambitious 10-year overhaul of the famed beach. The draft proposal will see large areas of the foreshore currently devoted to parking turned into green space, with parking garages underground. Bondi attracts an average of 2.2 million visitors every year — 1.1 million of them from abroad. The Waverley Council said the plan would be open for public comment until the end of this month.
Musharraf barred from polls
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was yesterday banned from running for public office for the rest of his life. One of his lawyers said they would appeal the Peshawar High Court’s decision to the Supreme Court. An anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi also ruled that Musharraf must spend the May 11 election under lock and key after it extended his house arrest over the 2007 murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. He is under a two-week house arrest order set to expire on Saturday, over the sacking of judges in November 2007.