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Typhoon party canceled

Organizers of a dance party marking the anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan’s rampage yesterday said they had called the event off after complaints. The event, scheduled for today in Tacloban, the area most devastated by Haiyan, was supposed to be a celebration of the city’s recovery and the resilience of its residents, lead organizer Calai Cinco said. “We’ve already canceled it. We’ve had some complaints. There were a lot of negative vibes on the Facebook page,” she said. The event was intended to raise money for victims of the storm, but some people thought the party and its accompanying T-shirts made light of the tragedy.


Body shows signs of torture

The body of freelance journalist Aung Kyaw Naing, who was shot by soldiers, showed signs that he was tortured before he died, his wife, Ma Thandar, said yesterday. The body, which was exhumed on Wednesday, had a broken skull, broken jaw and two penetration marks on the chest, while several ribs and an ankle appeared to have been broken, she said. The reporter was detained by the military while covering clashes between the army and ethnic Karen rebels in Mon state in September. The military said last week they shot him dead on Oct. 4 as he tried to reach for a soldier’s gun during an attempted escape.


CEO may face 15 years

Prosecutors yesterday demanded a 15-year jail term for the president of the firm which operated the Sewol ferry, holding him partly responsible for the April 16 disaster that killed more than 300 people. Chonghaejin Marine Co chief executive officer Kim Han-sik is on trial in Gwangju on charges of criminal negligence and embezzlement. Sentences of between four and six years were demanded for 10 others on trial alongside Kim on charges of criminal negligence.


Politician may hang soon

The government may hang a senior Muslim leader as early as next week after the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence for war crimes, Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Anisul Huq said yesterday. Mohammad Kamaruzzaman of the Jamaat-e-Islami party would be the second senior Jamaat leader to hang for crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence. The 62-year-old has seven days to petition the president for a pardon, Huq said. Kamaruzzaman was found guilty in May last year of mass murder, torture and abductions.


Scores nabbed in mob kill

Police say they have arrested as many as 45 Muslims in connection with the killing of a Christian couple for allegedly desecrating the Koran. Local police officer Mohammad Iqbal said the arrests were made before dawn on Wednesday in the town of Kot Radha Kishan in Punjab Province. He said hundreds of Muslims took part in the attack on Tuesday, in which a mob killed the couple and burned their bodies in a brick kiln where the man and his wife worked. He said the attackers accused the couple of desecrating the Koran.


Balloon guests land in jail

Two foreign tourists unwittingly landed in jail this week after strong winds blew their hot air balloon off course. The two sisters from the West Indies were enjoying a ride over the desert in the western state of Rajasthan on Tuesday when the balloon’s pilot lost control, forcing him to make an emergency landing. Local media said the balloon landed in the prison yard, to the consternation of officers. “When the operator saw that they were sailing over the Anasagar Lake, he got alarmed and tried to control the movement of the balloon,” the Indian Express quoted local police inspector Hanuman Vishnoi as saying. “The nearest landing was the police lines and even though he steered towards it, the strong winds made the balloon travel further up to Ajmer jail.” Authorities have canceled balloon rides over the area, reports said.

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