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AUSTRALIA

Man facing 145 sex charges

A man was charged yesterday with 145 sex offenses against at least 28 children, including rape, after allegedly using social media to groom them. Police claim the 47-year-old from Warwick, southwest of Brisbane, used several aliases online — including Jazz, Jazzman and David Bourne — to prey on children under the age of 16. His alleged crimes, including making and distributing child pornography, were committed between 2002 and this year, and involved victims in Australia. Police claim he asked the children for indecent photographs and then used them to extort and in some cases rape, film and photograph them. Detective Senior Constable Russell Joyce told the Warwick Daily News that a complaint was made in April last year, which sparked a lengthy investigation. “The reactions when we have found them have been everything from embarrassment to shock and in some respects relief,” he said. “We are still going and we believe there are more victims out there.”

JAPAN

Knife attack over smelly loo

A woman allegedly attacked her husband with a kitchen knife because of the terrible smell he had left in the toilet, police and reports said yesterday. Emi Mamiya, 29, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after apparently slashing her husband’s face with the knife, police said. Mamiya was reportedly incensed by the smell left behind after her 34-year-old partner emerged from the toilet. Her anger was further fueled when he tried to help their three-year-old son use the toilet “without washing his own hands first,” she said. “The toilet stinks so much that the child cannot even use it,” Jiji Press reported her as saying.

PHILIPPINES

Crewman kills two with knife

A crewman on a Chinese vessel has killed two of his colleagues with a knife, a coast guard official said on Sunday. One other crew member was wounded in the attack aboard the Liberian-flagged Quing May and has been taken to hospital. The suspect is believed to still be hiding aboard the massive transport ship, which is docked at the southern port city of Zamboanga, said regional coast guard chief Lieutenant Jimmy Verbo. The vessel was transporting iron ore from Australia to China when one crewman attacked the others with a knife on Saturday, Verbo said. Two ship’s officers were killed and an engineer was wounded.

LA REUNION

Teenager killed by shark

A shark attacked and killed a 13-year-old boy on Sunday as he surfed off the French Indian Ocean island, authorities said, the seventh such deadly attack since 2011. The shark tore off the right-hand side of the boy’s body off the west coast of the island. It was the 16th shark attack since 2011 and the seventh death. The boy, whose first name was given as Elio, was said to have been a talented surfer. A few hours after the attack, a tiger shark was captured and killed, but according to a medical examination of the boy’s body it was not the same shark.

FRANCE

Blind man bites dealer

A blind man told a court that it was he, not his guide dog, who bit a dope dealer selling him real grass rather than the stuff that gets you stoned. “I bit him. My dog didn’t do it. Guide dogs are not attack dogs,” Ouest France quoted the unnamed man as saying. The “lawn seller,” as the paper dubbed the dealer, was sentenced to four months in jail for hitting the blind man. He is to serve his jail sentence at home with an electronic bracelet.

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