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Four aid workers killed

Four members of a polio immunization team have been found murdered after being kidnapped in the southwest, officials said yesterday. Local militants had abducted the vaccination worker, two local tribal policemen and a driver in the Zhob District of Baluchistan Province on Saturday. “Security agencies conducted several operations to recover the polio worker and other team members and finally found their bodies in the mountains on Tuesday,” said Nazar Muhammad Khatran, a senior local administration official in Zhob. Taliban militants claim that the polio vaccination drive is a front for espionage or a conspiracy to sterilize Muslims.


Subhan to be executed

A domestic war crimes tribunal yesterday ordered the execution of a senior Islamist leader after convicting him of atrocities during the 1971 independence war, triggering violence outside the court. Three Molotov cocktails thrown by suspected anti-government activists exploded outside the courthouse in central Dhaka as Abdus Subhan, a vice president of the nation’s largest Islamist party, Jamaat-Islami, was found guilty of murder, genocide and torture. Justice Obaidul Hassan, head of the International Crimes Tribunal, handed down the sentences, saying the 79-year-old leader would be “hanged by the neck until his death.” Defense lawyers said they would appeal the verdict.


Elderly locked and tied

Scores of elderly people living in sheltered accommodation in Tokyo have been routinely tied to their beds or locked in their rooms, officials said yesterday. A Tokyo authority has ordered a care provider to stop the abuse of elderly people in three separate buildings, after inspectors found about 130 people being routinely restrained against their will. The health ministry said in 2001 that bodily restraints should only be used when there is no alternative means of protecting the patient and the care giver. It also said such restraints should only be temporary. “It was difficult for us to see the wrongdoing because these condominiums were not formally registered as residences for the elderly, rather the landlords had insisted that they were being rented out as regular homes,” the Tokyo official said.


Modi to sell ‘ridiculed’ suit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to auction a controversial suit that bears his name in gold pinstripes, which he wore at a meeting with US President Barack Obama, leading to attacks he was out of touch in a nation where many live in extreme poverty. The tailored suit, which was ridiculed by Modi’s political opponents, will be auctioned in the state of Gujarat to raise money for a project he is championing to clean the Ganges river. The auction, which started yesterday, is to last three days.


MILF surrenders 16 rifles

The nation’s largest Muslim rebel group handed in 16 assault rifles taken from police commandos killed in a firefight last month that has jeopardized milestone peace talks, in what the group yesterday said was a show of goodwill. Forty-four police commandos were killed in the Jan. 25 firefight on Mindanao between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and members of the police Special Action Force. Mohagher Iqbal, head of the MILF peace negotiating team, said the group had tracked down the weapons and returned them to show its sincerity and commitment to the peace process.

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