Mall self-immolator dies
A man who set himself on fire on the National Mall has died of his injuries, Washington police spokesman Araz Alali said. The man died Friday night at a hospital he had been airlifted to, Alali said, adding that the man was so badly burned that he will need to be identified through DNA and dental records. The man poured a can of gasoline on himself in the center of the mall on Friday afternoon and then set himself alight, prompting passing joggers to take off their shirts to help douse the flames. Police are investigating the man’s motive for self-immolating.
Tiger mauls zoo worker
A tiger ripped up the left arm of a worker at an Oklahoma animal park after the woman stuck her hand into the cat’s enclosure. Joe Schreibvogel, owner of Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood, said the woman, in her early 20s, was undergoing surgery on Saturday at an Oklahoma City hospital to try and save her arm. “He tore her arm up pretty bad,” Schreibvogel said. “Her entire arm was still attached. It was badly, badly damaged... She pulled her own arm out. The tiger didn’t maul her. The tiger was in his cage and she violated his space by sticking her arm into his space.” He said that the park has a strict rule against introducing any body part into a wild animal’s enclosure.
Cairo releases Canadians
Egyptian authorities have released two Canadians who had been held without charges in a Cairo prison since mid-August, officials said yesterday. Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed the release of John Greyson, a Toronto filmmaker and university professor, and Tarek Loubani, an emergency room doctor from London, Ontario. Harper, speaking in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, said that Ottawa “welcomes this decision by the government of Egypt” to set the pair free. The pair had not been formally charged. They were arrested amid bloody clashes between Egyptian security forces and Islamists.
Anti-drug plane crashes
A small plane on a US counter-drug mission crashed on Saturday near the city of Capurgana in a remote, jungle region in the north of the country, killing three US contractors and a Panamanian National Guardsman, and seriously injuring two other Americans on board. The two injured passengers were rescued by soldiers and taken to a hospital in Bogota, the US Southern Command said in a statement. The Dash 8 was tracking a suspected smuggling vessel and another vessel over the west Caribbean region when it lost radio contact with the Joint Interagency Task Force South, a US-sponsored multinational task force in Florida that runs drug interdiction in the region, task force spokeswoman Jody Drives said.
Bid to scrap senate fails
Prime Minister Enda Kenny has vowed to push forward with reform of the upper house of parliament after voters rejected his plan to abolish the Seanad Eireann — the Senate — to save the bailed-out nation money. In a surprise blow for Kenny after he personally led the campaign to ditch the Senate, voters in a referendum on Friday narrowly opted to keep the 60-member house, according to results announced late on Saturday. Final results revealed that 51.7 percent voted in favor of keeping the Senate, while 48.3 percent wanted to scrap it. Turnout was 39.2 percent.