Grenade explodes in stove
Police investigating a grenade blast were less puzzled by the explosion and more by where it took place — inside a wood stove that appeared to contain nothing but firewood. The woman who owned the wood burner also had no clue at first. After all, she only put firewood inside. Or so she thought. Police spokeswoman Petra Datscher on Monday said a World War II grenade apparently landed in a tree during fighting. It was then enveloped by wood growing around it to the point that it was invisible when the tree was chopped down for firewood and sold to the supermarket where the unidentified 22-year-old woman bought it. The blast on Sunday in the lakeside town of Gmunden shattered the stove’s glass panel, but the sturdy wrought-iron stove prevented injuries.
Bomb scare a ‘joke’
A Venezuelan doctor thought it might be funny to crack a joke about a bomb in his luggage. Instead, he partly forced the evacuation of Miami International airport, and earned a fine of almost US$90,000. Manuel Alvarado, 60, will pay US$89,172 for his “momentary lapse of reason in making these statements,” which prompted costly evacuations and delays for airlines, and brought out a police bomb squad, his lawyer Brian Bieber said. Just before boarding an Avianca flight to Bogota on Oct. 22, a security officer asked Alvarado routine questions; the doctor joked that he was carrying C-4 explosives.
Sugar sparks bioterror scare
Vanilla sugar for Christmas cookies trickling from an envelope sparked a bioterrorism scare at a mail distribution center on Monday, police said. Police, paramedics and a fire brigade team in full protective suits swarmed the facility after staff spotted the white powder and an employee complained of itching, apparently fearing it was a dangerous chemical or biological agent. Testing quickly determined that the material was not dangerous, police said after the incident in Pinneberg. It was found to be home-made vanilla sugar.
Prisoners poisoned: group
A rights group says at least 41 inmates died in suspicious conditions last week, more than three times the official death toll authorities have blamed on overdoses. The government said last week 13 inmates died after breaking into the infirmary ward of the David Viloria penitentiary center in Lara State and gorging on medical products, including alcohol and antibiotics. However, the Venezuelan Observatory of Prisons questions that official version. A handful of relatives claim the prisoners, who had reportedly launched a hunger strike to protest their living conditions, were poisoned, according to preliminary testimonies the group collected. “The [inmates] were sent bottles of water and food... They haven’t said who sent it, but it was let into the prison and that’s what family members say caused [the intoxications],” said the group’s Humberto Prado, who called for independent toxicological exams. At least 200 inmates were intoxicated at the prison, Prado said.
Mass theft of whiskey, gin
Police are hunting a criminal gang that escaped with more than 15,000 bottles of whiskey and gin in an audacious daylight heist last month. Armed with iron bars, the gang loaded the alcohol into 12m trucks after tying up the employees at a warehouse on the outskirts of Dublin, police said on Monday. A total of 15,480 bottles of Jameson Whiskey were taken on the afternoon of Nov. 14.
FRENCH AID: Paris has sent a navy ship and aircraft from Reunion Island with some pollution control equipment, but rough seas are spreading the oil spill The operator of a Japanese bulk carrier which ran aground off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean yesterday apologized for a major oil spill, which officials and environmentalists say is creating an ecological disaster, as police prepared to board the ship. The MV Wakashio, operated by Mitsui OSK Lines, struck the reef on Mauritius’ southeast coast on July 25. “We apologize profusely and deeply for the great trouble we have caused,” Mitsui OSK Lines executive vice president Akihiko Ono said at a news conference in Tokyo. The company would “do everything in their power to resolve the issue,” he said. At least 1,000 tonnes of
Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a remote Pacific island have been found alive and well after a rescue team spotted their giant SOS message written into the sand on a beach. Australian and US military aircraft found the three men on tiny Pikelot island, nearly 200km west of where they had set off. Rescuers said that the men were “in good condition” with no significant injuries. The men had been missing for three days after their 7m skiff ran out of fuel and strayed off course. Authorities in the US territory of Guam raised the alarm on Saturday after the men failed to complete
A cat that went missing on a family holiday on the shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland, has been identified 12 years later. Tortoiseshell-and-white Georgie spent October half term in 2008 with her owners at the Rowardennan campsite, but vanished as they were due to return home to Greater Manchester, England. After a search of the site the Davies family departed without Georgie, hoping the three-year-old microchipped feline would be located by someone. Over the intervening 12 years, she remained close to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park site, being fed and cared for by campsite staff and holidaymakers. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit and lockdown
LIFELONG LOSS: Jiro Hamasumi, who was not quite born when an atomic bomb hit Hiroshima, lost his father and other relatives, but said he thinks about his father daily As Japan marks 75 years since the devastating attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the last generation of nuclear bomb survivors is working to ensure their message lives on after them. The “hibakusha” — literally “person affected by the bomb” — have for decades been a powerful voice calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. There are an estimated 136,700 left, many of whom were infants or soon to be born at the time of the attacks. The average age of a survivor now is a little over 83, according to the Japanese Ministry of Health, lending an urgency as they share their testimonies