Boy dies ‘on teacher’s order’
A 10-year-old boy jumped 30 stories to his death after failing to write a self-criticism letter demanded by his teacher, state media reported on Thursday. The boy had been ordered to write a 1,000-character apology by his teacher for talking in class, China National Radio (CNR) reported on its Web site, citing a neighbor. The educator allegedly told him to jump out of a building after he failed to complete the task, the report quoted relatives and the neighbor as saying. “Teacher, I can’t do it,” was found written in one of his textbooks, CNR said. “I flinched several times when I tried to jump from the building.” The child smashed into a parked car beneath the flat where his family live, the West China City News reported. His furious relatives posted a banner outside the school in Chengdu reading: “The teacher forced our kid to jump off the building,” pictures showed on Thursday. “The police investigation is still under way,” an official of Jinjiang District, where the incident happened, said, declining to comment further.
Lawmakers don headscarves
Four female lawmakers wearing headscarves walked into parliament in Ankara on Thursday, marking an end to the ban on the Muslim symbol in the chamber that was imposed in the early days of the Turkish Republic. The restrictions on headscarves in government buildings were loosened as part of reforms aimed at boosting democracy unveiled by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in September. The ban remains in place for judges, prosecutors and military and security personnel. The four lawmakers — Sevde Beyazit Kacar, Gulay Samanci, Nurcan Dalbudak and Gonul Bekin Sahkulubey — are members of Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, which has Islamist roots and has gained a strong following.
Pumpkins contained cocaine
Authorities believe three pumpkins found in a woman’s luggage at the Trudeau International Airport in Montreal airport on Thursday were stuffed with approximately 2kg of cocaine. Scanning equipment had detected masses inside the pumpkins. Those masses turned out to be bags filled with the chalky substance. A border agency spokeswoman was not able to say where the passenger was coming from or whether she was a Canadian citizen.
Sub for tourists launched
The country has launched its first submarine for tourists in the Persian Gulf waters, an all-Iranian-made undersea vehicle. State TV says the sub has been dubbed Morvarid, or “Pearl” in Farsi, and has the capacity to carry four people per voyage. It says the vessel is 4m long and 3m in both width and height. Yesterday’s report says the submarine will serve tourists in Kish Island, Iran’s prime tourist spot in the Gulf.