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AGENCIES

PAKISTAN

Facebook used to kidnap

Authorities on Saturday busted a gang using a female member to lure youngsters through Facebook and telephone calls and kidnapping them, police said. The gang, which included a lawyer, his wife, the son of a policeman and four others, was active in Gujranwala in Punjab Province. “We have got verification about two boys who were trapped in fake love of this lady and were then kidnapped by this gang. Their families later paid ransom amounts worth millions of rupees to get them free,” said Shoaib Khurram, a senior police official.

NORTH KOREA

Execution reports denied

The government yesterday denied reports that it had executed several state performers to cover up the past of its leader’s wife, calling the media accounts an “unpardonable” crime. Yesterday’s denunciation focused on several reports carried by South Korea’s “reptile media” aimed at “hurting the dignity” of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. It cited a Saturday report in Japan’s Asahi Shimbun — which South Korean newspapers pick up — that several members of the North’s Unhasu Orchestra and other state music troupes had been executed by firing squad for taping themselves having sex. Ri Sol-ju, Kim’s wife, is a former member of the orchestra. Asahi said the execution of state performers, including a singer rumored to be Kim’s ex-girlfriend, had been ordered to quash rumors of Ri’s decadent lifestyle while she was an entertainer. It said police had secretly recorded conversations between the entertainers who said, “Ri Sol-ju used to play around in the same manner as we did.” The source for the report was a “high-ranking North Korean government official who recently defected,”

HUNGARY

Suleiman siege ruins found

Scientists say they have found the remains of an Ottoman-era town in the area in the south where the heart of Suleiman the Magnificent is believed to have been buried in the 16th century. The sultan died in Szigetvar in 1566 while his troops besieged its fortress, defended by locals led by Croatian-Hungarian nobleman Miklos Zrinyi. The siege was a pyrrhic victory for the Turks and delayed their advance toward Vienna for decades. Historians believe Suleiman’s heart and internal organs were buried in Szigetvar, and his body taken back to Constantinople, as Istanbul was then known. Norbert Pap, a member of the excavation team, said the discovery of the Ottoman town should offer clues that will help them narrow down their search for the tomb containing the sultan’s heart.

UNITED KINGDOM

Indian guru detained

Popular Indian guru Swami Ramdev, who heads a global yoga empire, was detained on Saturday at London’s Heathrow airport and questioned for six hours by customs officials, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. Ramdev, a household name among Indian TV viewers who tune in regularly to his yoga shows, was quizzed when he arrived at the airport on a visitor’s visa instead of on a business visa, PTI quoted sources as saying. His spokesman, S.K. Tejarawala, said the pony-tailed Ramdev was allowed into Britain after questioning. He dismissed as “baseless” reports the guru was questioned about carrying medicines. “It was not clear why the yoga guru was detained for over six hours at Heathrow. He was not carrying anything with him except a small bag of personal effects,” Tejarawala said. Ramdev, who is customarily dressed in saffron holy man robes, traveled to London to attend a function in the coming days organized by Patanjali Yogpeeth. Patanjali Yogpeeth is a flagship project of Ramdev and one of the largest yoga institutes in India. Ramdev, born in northern India to illiterate parents, is in charge of a huge yoga empire and owns an island off the coast of Scotland and a private jet.

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