Wall collapse kills 18
A wall collapse at a recycling plant triggered by heavy rains killed 18 people and injured three others early yesterday in Qingdao, state media reported. According to the Qingdao government’s information office, the collapse crushed a house for workers in which 40 people were gathered. Authorities are investigating the cause of the collapse. The area has been drenched by heavy rainfall in recent days.
Dog saved from python
A woman used a pocket knife to fight off a huge Burmese python that attacked her dog while out walking in a country park, the Sunday Morning Post reported yesterday. Courtney Link told the newspaper that a 5m-long snake had coiled itself around her 24kg mongrel Dexter the previous weekend. “When I suddenly saw the snake’s head, I just started stabbing furiously,” Link said, adding she resorted to using the knife only after hitting the serpent with her fists had failed to make it release the dog. The snake finally loosened its grip and slithered away, leaving the dog with bite wounds on its chest and legs. Burmese pythons are the territory’s biggest natural predator and are a protected species.
Two men kill five in ‘spree’
Two men on a motorcycle killed five people in an apparent shooting spree in a suburb of Manila yesterday, a police official said. Investigators are still trying to establish the motive behind what appeared to be random shootings, said Inspector Roldante Sarmiento, deputy chief of the Quezon City neighborhood where the killings took place. “There were five people in four different locations. They had no connection. They were just bystanders. We have no idea why they were shot,” he said. “It looks like a shooting spree.” The two men on a motorcycle started their rampage before dawn, first shooting a man riding a motorcycle, then a woman waiting for a bus, Sarmiento said. They then shot dead a man and a woman on a motorcycle. Their last victim was a scavenger picking through rubbish.
Bus crash kills 17
Seventeen people have died after a bus plunged off a mountain road in the Himalayan foothills before dawn on Saturday. The bus fell 300m and smashed into pieces at the bottom of a gorge in Chamoli District, in the state of Uttarakhand. Disaster management officials said 15 people died instantly, two others died later and five were injured. There was no one else on board. The bus was traveling from Rishikesh and was half a kilometer from Ghat, its destination, when it crashed.
Diplomat probed over nanny
The government on Saturday said it was investigating a diplomat charged in Canada for alleged human trafficking involving the exploitation of her nanny. Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said Buenaflor Cruz was formerly assigned to the embassy in Ottawa, but had since been reassigned to the home office in Manila “as part of the department’s normal rotation.” Canadian federal police said they filed charges on Cruz and her husband for mischief, uttering threats, withholding their former nanny’s identification documents and human trafficking. It said the suspects had left the country while the 26-year-old nanny, who worked at the couple’s Ottawa home between July 2009 and December last year, had been “relocated to a safe location” in Canada.