Foreign student slain
A Frenchwoman has become the fourth foreign student to be murdered in Brisbane in almost as many months, police said yesterday. The battered and naked body of a 21-year-old woman was found in a park near her apartment after what police called “a brutal attack” in the early hours of Friday last week. “We believe the cause of death is a brain injury from blunt trauma. It’s a particularly aggressive attack,” Detective Inspector Rod Kemp said. The killing follows the stabbing death of Singaporean Meena Narayanan last week. There is no suggestion any of the deaths are linked, but Kemp said the spate of killings was a real worry.
Actor’s apology sets record
Film and TV star Wen Zhang’s (文章) apology to his actress wife following rumors of his infidelity has set a record for comments and retweets on the Sino Weibo microblogging site. Wen posted a statement early Monday that his wife, Ma Yili (馬伊琍), “and the children could have had a warm and nice life, but everything was destroyed by me.” By yesterday, his post had been forwarded more than 1.2 million times and received nearly 1.9 million comments. The topic trended above the missing Malaysian plane. Sina Weibo said on its site on Monday evening that the vast majority of people discussing Wen’s post were educated women and girls aged 24 and under.
New logo looks familiar
The choice of a globe as the emblem for the nation’s space agency expresses the country’s ideal of peaceful exploration, the Korean Central News Agency said. The blue rings represent satellites and the constellation of stars shows the desire to “glorify Kim Il-sung’s and Kim Jong-il’s Korea as a space power,” it said. However, the new logo looks a lot like NASA’s, right down to the blue globe, lettering and swooshed ring. The agency said the logo was released to mark the first anniversary of the National Aerospace Development Administration. The name is shortened on the emblem to NADA, the Spanish word for “nothing,” arguably also an unfortunate coincidence given that this seems to be precisely what the country’s only successfully launched satellite is transmitting to Earth, leading foreign scientists to assume it has malfunctioned.
PM faces new court case
The Constitutional Court yesterday accepted a new case against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The case has been brought by a group of 27 senators who claim that her removal of National Security Chief Thawil Pliensree in 2011 violated the constitution. The court also threw out a petition by the minister of labor asking it to rule that the anti-government protests aimed at forcing the government out violated the constitution.
Scrap proves deadly
Police say workers at a scrap shop in Bangkok yesterday accidentally detonated a large bomb believed to have been dropped during World War II, killing at least seven people and injuring 19. Bomb squad chief Kamthorn Auicharoen says construction workers found the bomb buried at a building site and sold it to the scrap shop in northern Lad Plakao neighborhood. He said workers at the shop were using a blowtorch to take the bomb apart when it exploded. The massive blast ripped apart the scrap shop and damaged nearby houses.
Man chainsaws own neck
A tree trimmer is recovering after he was rushed to a hospital with a chain saw blade embedded in his neck. James Valentine, 21, was in a tree on Monday afternoon when he was struck in the neck by the chain saw. Another worker helped him down, and his coworkers left the saw in place to try to limit the bleeding. Valentine had emergency surgery. Doctors say the saw missed major arteries and, instead, cut into muscle.