Tibetan monk immolates
A Tibetan monk yesterday set himself on fire near the Boudhanath temple in Kathmandu in what is believed to be the latest protest against Chinese rule over Tibet. He was taken to the Tribhuwan University hospital in critical condition with much of his body burned, officials said.
Heat foils death scam
A soft drinks vendor’s plan to fake his own death failed when he could not play dead long enough in scorching heat, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday. More than 10 men claimed the vendor had been beaten to death in Wuhan by chengguan, who are tasked with enforcing non-criminal regulations. A crowd of more than 300 people soon gathered, demanding tens of thousands of yuan in compensation while the vendor, surnamed Han, lay on a stretcher covered by a sheet, the report said. However, Han suddenly jumped up, took a drink from a bottle of water, and said: “It’s too hot. I can’t bear it anymore,” Xinhua reported. Han and two others have been detained for disturbing public order, it said.
Media baron arrested
Police have arrested the chairman of one of the nation’s major newspapers on charges of embezzling millions of dollars. Chang Jae-ku, owner of the Hankook Ilbo group, which includes several dailies, magazines and a cable channel, was arrested on Monday night. Chang, 65, is accused of embezzling company funds worth 13 billion won (US$11.6 million) for his personal use and causing the group a further financial loss of 30 billion won by offering business benefits to his creditors.
A Queensland state lawmaker accused of sending raunchy pictures of himself to a woman stepped down as the head of an ethics committee yesterday, apologizing to his family and dubbing the scandal indefensible. The allegations against Peter Dowling emerged after the Courier-Mail reported yesterday that a woman claiming to be Dowling’s mistress sent a letter detailing their two-and-a-half-year affair to the speaker of the state parliament. The newspaper said it had seen several explicit text messages between Dowling and the woman, including a picture of a penis resting in a glass of wine.
Dutch activist ‘deported’
The government yesterday said it was deporting a Dutch activist who was photographed confronting a police officer during a rally last month denouncing the policies of President Benigno Aquino III. A deportation order was issued against Thomas van Beersum for violating conditions of his tourist visa, said Wilson Soluren, head of Manila airport’s immigration intelligence unit. Van Beersum was prevented from boarding a flight home yesterday morning because officials needed to verify if any court cases were pending against him, Soluren said. He was later booked on the next available flight. Rey Cortez, the activist’s lawyer, said officials just wanted to harass his client by requiring him to obtain a “clearance” to leave.
Kashmir post attacked
Minister of Defence A.K. Antony yesterday said a militant attack on an army post in Kashmir killed five soldiers. “The ambush was carried out by approximately 20 heavily armed terrorists along with others dressed in Pakistani Army uniforms,” Antony said. Pakistan has denied involvement.
Escaped python kills two
A python escaped from its enclosure at a pet store in Campbellton, New Brunswick, slithered through a ventilation system into an upstairs apartment and killed two young boys as they slept, police said on Monday. The brothers, aged five and seven, were visiting the apartment of a friend above Reptile Ocean, an exotic pet store, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Julie Rogers-Marsh said. The snake was captured and is in the possession of police, Rogers-Marsh said.