Russian trekkers go missing
Police say two Russian trekkers are missing in the northern mountains and rescuers are scouring the area in an attempt to find them. Police official Ram Shrestha says two other Russians were rescued on Thursday and flown to Kathmandu. Two of their colleagues are still missing in the Langtang area, about 100km north of Kathmandu. The last contact with the two who remain missing was made on Tuesday.
Dolphin to be released
A 13-year-old dolphin was yesterday being transported to an ocean pen off an island for training to prepare it for release back into the wild after four years in a Seoul zoo, officials said. The female Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin named Jedol, which had been at Seoul Grand Park Zoo since 2009, was flown by a special charter jet to the southern island of Jeju, accompanied by an 11-member team of veterinarians and zoo keepers. The costs for releasing the dolphin were raised through donations led by animal right activists. Jedol will join two other dolphins in an open ocean cage in Jeju for adjustment training before being set free as early as next month. In March last year, Seoul Grand Park Zoo suspended a popular dolphin show starring Jedol and two other dolphins over claims by activists that they were captured illegally. The zoo decided to return Jedol to the wild, but keep the two others because they were too old and weak to be released.
Coal mine blast kills 12
State media say a coal mine blast in the southwest has left 12 people dead and two injured. Xinhua news agency says the gas explosion occurred on Friday night in Pingba County in Guizhou Province. It says the coal mine was operating illegally and that the operators lied about the number of trapped miners and deaths. An investigation is under way. A work safety official from the city of Anshun, which administers Pingba, says the mine is licensed and operates privately. The official gave only his last name of Lin, as is customary among low-level Chinese government employees. China’s mines are the deadliest in the world.
Police raid ‘baby factory’
Police have found 17 pregnant teenage girls in a raid on a house, and were searching on Friday for a woman suspected of planning to sell their babies, a spokeswoman said. Joy Elomoko of the Imo State police said all the girls were between 14 and 17 years old and that 11 small children were also found in the house. “The girls claimed they were fed once a day and were not allowed to leave the home,” Elomoko said. The girls told police that their babies were to be sold to “willing buyers,” Elomoko added. It was not clear if the girls were brought to the home by force. The girls further told police that they had been impregnated by a 23-year-old man who is currently in custody, along with the security guard who worked at the compound.
Strong quake kills child
A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit the south early yesterday, killing one child and injuring at least 20 in remote, mountainous villages, state TV reported. The US Geological Survey registered the quake at 2:08am GMT, measured at 85km southeast of the town of Minab, located in Hormuzgan Province and off the Strait of Hormuz. The quake was registered at a depth of 36.44km, the USGS said. A local emergency official said a two-year-old died of serious injuries.