A bull has gored a 40-year-old man to death just a month after attacking his father and breaking the older man’s ribs, police and a report said on Wednesday. Owner Rikiya Tomi was set upon as he tried to show the huge animal to friends on the southern islet of Tokunoshima, broadcaster NHK said. The 1,100kg beast speared him in the chest as he tried to entice it from the ring. He was confirmed dead at a hospital two hours later, police said. Tokunoshima, a small island off the southern Kyushu coast, is famed for its bull-on-bull fights.
Two charged after spy dies
Two prisoners have been charged with the murder of an Indian man jailed for espionage, officials said yesterday. Sarabjit Singh, who was sentenced 16 years ago over deadly bombings, died in the early hours of yesterday from injuries suffered in an attack on Saturday. “We have added a murder clause to the police complaint,” said Tariq Mehmood, a police official at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat police station. Police say Singh was hit with bricks and other blunt objects by two inmates, who have been identified only by their single names, Aamir and Mudasir.
‘Found’ US soldier a fraud
A man who claimed in a widely publicized documentary to be a US soldier, missing since his helicopter was shot down during the Vietnam War, is actually Vietnamese, the US said yesterday. Unclaimed, directed by Michael Jorgensen, which has generated an explosion of interest since its premiere this week, purports to have discovered US serviceman John Robertson — alive, well and living in the communist nation. However, a US Department of Defense statement said the man — who appeared on film in an emotional “reunion” with Robertson’s sister — has been DNA tested and found to be a Vietnamese citizen.
Mental health law enacted
A new law has taken effect prohibiting people from being committed to mental hospitals without their consent in an attempt to prevent “forced detentions,” state-run media said yesterday. The nation’s first mental health law comes after right groups accused authorities of locking up hundreds of thousands of people in psychiatric hospitals each year, often as a form of punishment for dissidents. The new regulation, which took effect on Wednesday, “aims to stop mental hospitals from admitting patients against their will, a practice that previously triggered public outrage amid accusations of forced detentions,” the Global Times said. It “requires Chinese psychiatric facilities to gain consent from mentally ill patients before taking them in for treatment.” Mental hospitals will also have to obtain patients’ permission to administer treatment and respect their requests to be discharged.
Bird flu death toll rises to 25
The death toll from the H7N9 bird flu virus has risen to 25, state media said yesterday after a man died in Hunan Province. The 55-year-old surnamed Jiao died on Wednesday morning after receiving medical treatment, state news agency Xinhua said, citing local authorities. More than 120 people have been diagnosed with the virus since it was first reported in late March, with most cases confined to the east of the country. The only one reported outside the country has been in Taiwan, although the victim was infected in China.