Suspected spy pigeon held
Police on Friday said they have detained a pigeon near the heavily militarized border with Pakistan on suspicion that it was being used for espionage. Police said they had X-rayed the bird to see whether it was carrying anything suspicious after a villager spotted a stamp under its feathers that bore Urdu script and the name of a Pakistani district. “We sent the bird to a polyclinic where X-ray scans were done to see if there is any spy camera, transmitter or hidden chip,” senior police superintendent Rakesh Kaushal told reporters by telephone. “Until now, there is no evidence to suggest that it is a spy bird, but as long as we are not able to decipher what is written in Urdu, we cannot be absolutely sure.” Kaushal said police alerted intelligence services about the pigeon found in Punjab.
Apple I worth US$200,000
A recycling center in the Silicon Valley is looking for a woman who dropped off an old Apple computer that turned out to be a collectible worth US$200,000. The computer was inside boxes of electronics that she had cleaned out from her garage after her husband died, Clean Bay Area vice president Victor Gichun said. She did not want a tax receipt or leave her contact information, and it was not until a few weeks later that workers opened the boxes to discover an Apple I computer. The San Jose Mercury News reports that it was one of about 200 first-generation desktop computers assembled by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne in 1976. “We really could not believe our eyes. We thought it was fake,” Gichun told KNTV-TV. The recycling firm sold the Apple I for US$200,000 to a private collection, and because the company gives 50 percent of items sold back to the original owner, Gichun said he wants to split the proceeds with the mystery donor. He said he remembers what she looks like and is asking her to come back to claim her US$100,000 check.
Meteorite heist interrupted
Police detained four people suspected of trying to steal more than a tonne of protected meteorites, authorities said on Saturday. Three Argentine nationals and a Paraguayan were held over the unusual alleged heist near General Pinedo, in the northern province of Chaco, national police said. Police said they found 215 large chunks of meteorites stashed under the seats of a vehicle during a random truck stop. One area of Chaco, Campo del Cielo (“Heavenly Field”), was pelted by a major meteor shower about 4,000 years ago, scientists say.
Islamic State suspect held
Police arrested a suspected member of the Islamic State group in Dhaka, a senior officer said yesterday, following the detention days earlier of two other suspects, including an IT manager at a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Co. The suspect picked up on Saturday night was a coordinator for the extremist group in the nation, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Detective and Criminal Intelligence Division Deputy Commissioner Shaikh Nazmul Alam told Reuters. “We arrested him with hundreds of training related videos for extremists, and also a large number of books on al-Qaeda and the Islamic State translated into Bangla,” Alam said. Police said the detained man was Abdullah al-Galib, a former member of Hizbut Tahrir, and a follower of the Ansarullah Bangla Team, two militant Muslim groups in Bangladesh. “We have been following him for a long time and arrested him yesterday night from Banani, a posh area of the city,” Alam said.
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