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SOUTH AFRICA

Police robbed, locked in van

Police yesterday admitted that two officers were robbed of their guns and locked in their own van in the middle of the day in an embarrassment that was all caught on camera. The theft occurred on Tuesday afternoon when the officers stopped for lunch at a roadside food stall in a Johannesburg township, a police spokesman said. The robbery was caught on the CCTV camera of a nearby business. The footage shows four men casually walking past the police van and disappearing from view beneath a tarpaulin where the officers were lunching. They re-emerge seconds later with the officers in tow, force them into the back of the vehicle, lock the van and then hurry off — The entire robbery took less than a minute. Police spokesman brigadier Neville Malila said members of the public helped the officers out of the car, after which police called for backup and a chase ensued. “The suspects lost control of their vehicle and fired several shots at the police who returned fire,” Malila said. Three suspects were arrested.

THAILAND

Student jailed for royal snub

A court sentenced a university student to 2.5 years in prison on Tuesday for posting a message on Facebook it said insulted King Bhumibol Adulyadej. A Criminal Court judge found 24-year-old Akkaradet Eiamsuwan guilty of violating the lese majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten the monarchy. The ruling said Akkaradet used an alias to post the message on Facebook in March. He was arrested in Bangkok in June and has been in jail since then. The court said it reduced the original sentence of five years’ imprisonment because the defendant had confessed to the offense. The nation’s lese majeste law is the world’s harshest, carrying jail terms of three to 15 years.

ZAMBIA

Scott U-turns after riots

Interim president Guy Scott reversed his dismissal of defense minister and presidential front-runner Edgar Lungu as the ruling party’s secretary-general on Tuesday after the sacking triggered riots. Scott told state-owned ZNBC Radio he had rescinded his order, but did not say why. Scott became Africa’s first white leader in 20 years after the death last week of former president Michael Sata, but is constitutionally barred from running for president because his parents were born abroad, in Scotland. He also gave no reasons for removing Lungu as head of Sata’s Patriotic Front Party. The dismissal led to hundreds of Lungu supporters rampaging overnight in Lusaka, stoning motorists, burning tires and singing anti-Scott songs before being dispersed by police. “Can you believe it that, 50 years after independence, we have a white man as president?” party supporter Willy Phiri said on Monday. “He comes and starts to fire genuine members. Edgar is our member and Guy wants to take us back to colonialism. We won’t accept it, Guy has to go.”

MONGOLIA

Parliament ousts PM

The parliament yesterday voted to remove Prime Minister Norov Altankhuyag amid concerns about a serious economic downturn as gold, copper and coal prices and foreign direct investment slump. Out of 66 members of parliament who voted, 34 were in favor of ousting Altankhuyag, television showed. Ten members of parliament, including eight members of his coalition government, did not show up. It will now be up to the coalition government to select a new candidate, who will have to be approved by the president and confirmed by parliament.

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