Foreign journalist shot dead
A man dressed as a policeman yesterday shot two foreign journalists in a remote small town on the nation’s border with Pakistan, killing one and critically wounding the other, police, a doctor and a local official said. A spokesman for the governor of Khost province suggested that the assailant was actually a policeman. “Naqibullah, a policeman in Tani District of Khost, opened fire on two foreign journalists. One was killed and one was wounded,” Mobariz Zadran said.
Erdogan blasts Twitter ruling
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that he had to comply with the high court ruling this week to unblock Twitter, but he does not respect it. The government blocked access to the social media Web site two weeks ago after some users posted links suggesting official corruption. Erdogan had vowed to “rip out the roots” of Twitter for allowing the postings. The government lifted the ban on Thursday, a day after the court ruling. “I don’t have to respect it. I don’t respect it,” Erdogan said of the court ruling. He said the court was protecting a tool of foreign influence, “the product of an American company.” He added: “All of our moral values are being set aside.”
Monks form anti-terror team
Nervous about a repeat of last month’s deadly knife attack at a train station, the 1,700-year-old Lingyin Temple in Hangzhou City has drafted some of its monks into a new “anti-terrorist” squad, state media said on Thursday. The team is made up of 20 monks and more than 20 security guards, Xinhua news agency quoted the temple’s Buddhist Master Jueheng as saying. The squad’s members are equipped with shields, pepper spray and batons. “The squad members practice Buddhism in the day and take part in training exercises at night,” Jueheng said, adding police helped with the training. “We set up the squad to guard against violence and terrorist attacks in a bid to protect the safety of visitors and Buddhism believers.”
Victim’s cap, goggles found
The swimming cap and goggles of a woman taken by a shark have been found, police said yesterday, as her husband accepted that she had been “consumed completely.” Christine Armstrong, 63, was with a group of people on their regular morning swim between Tathra Wharf and Tathra Beach about 350km south of Sydney on Thursday when she disappeared. Her husband Rob and others in the group said they saw a shark close by. “The cap and goggles were found late yesterday with a quantity of organic matter,” New South Wales police said. “These remains have been identified as human and they will undergo forensic testing.” Rob Armstrong said he was convinced his wife suffered a quick death. As a regular swimmer who knew the risks, he added she would not have blamed the species for the attack.
Garcia Marquez in hospital
Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been hospitalized in Mexico City with lung and urinary tract infections that are responding to treatment, federal health officials and the author’s son said on Thursday. The 87-year-old Nobel laureate entered the hospital on Monday suffering from infection and dehydration, the Secretary of Health said in a written statement. “The patient has responded to treatment. Once he’s completed his course of antibiotics his discharge from the hospital will be evaluated,” the statement said. The author’s son, Gonzalo, said there had been no medical emergency and he expected his father to leave the hospital early next week. Garcia Marquez has lived in Mexico City for more than three decades, and has limited his public appearances in recent years.