Protesters rush law office
Protesters on Monday stormed the prosecutor’s office of the southern state of Guerrero to protest the handling of the disappearance of 43 students, days before the case’s first anniversary. Students, parents of the young men and other protesters demonstrated at the building in the state capital, Chilpancingo, and placed pictures of the missing on the windows. A group of protesters entered the offices, breaking computers and surveillance cameras and causing damage to four vehicles. Vidulfo Rosales, an attorney for the relatives of the 43 missing students, said the protest was held to press the government to find the young men, “which is the movement’s main demand.”
Auschwitz worker to be tried
A 91-year-old woman who worked at Auschwitz has been accused of complicity in the murders of at least 260,000 Jews during World War II, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) said on Monday. The woman, who worked as a telegraph operator in Auschwitz, is to be tried in a court for minors, because she was under 21 at the time of alleged crimes, the agency said. A court in Kiel is to decide whether to proceed with a trial next year, taking both the charges against her and her health into consideration, DPA said, quoting the city’s chief prosecutor, Heinz Dollel.
Celebrities fight wolf cull
Pop star Miley Cyrus and former Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson added their voice to opposition to a government plan to shoot wolves to reduce their population and save caribou herds in British Columbia. The provincial government said the killings are needed to save herds of caribou, whose numbers have plummeted to 1,500 and are now at risk of extinction. The province’s wolf population, which is estimated to top 8,500, is not endangered. Cyrus traveled to the Great Bear Rainforest over the weekend to meet a group of conservationists opposed to the cull. “When I first spoke out, I knew in my heart that the wolf cull was wrong, but after this visit, I know science is on my side,” Cyrus said.
Samnite tomb unearthed
Archeologists have discovered a pre-Roman era tomb in perfect condition at Pompeii, the team at the archeological site buried in a 79 AD volcanic eruption announced on Monday. “Pompeii continues to be an inexhaustible source of scientific discoveries,” Massimo Osanna, superintendent at the ancient city site, said in a statement. The tomb at the Herculaneum Gate at Pompeii, unearthed by a team from the French Centre Jean Berard in Naples, dates back to the Samnite era. The Samnites were a group of tribes involved in fierce battles with the Romans in the fourth century BC.
Poynter unveils new network
Fact-checking has a new global network after the Poynter Institute for Media Studies on Monady announced plans for a new body to support efforts to root out false claims from the media. The project “will support and study the work of 64 fact-checking organizations spanning six continents,” Poynter said in a statement. Funded by grants from eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s Omidyar Network and the US-based National Endowment for Democracy, the International Fact-Checking Network is to be based at Poynter’s headquarters in St Petersburg, Florida.
Border stability urged
Minister of National Defense Chang Wanquan (常萬全) has urged Myanmar to maintain stability along their common border as the Burmese prepare for elections in November, the ministry said yesterday. Chang on Monday told Myanmar’s deputy commander-in-chief General Soe Win, who was visiting Beijing for talks, that their nations should “jointly maintain stability in the border area.” Ties soured this year over fighting between Myanmar’s military and the ethnic Chinese Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army along part of the shared border.
Bombing wave kills 80
At least 80 people were killed and about 150 injured in multiple bomb attacks in northeastern Borno state on Sunday evening, police and witnesses said on Monday. Three bomb blasts in the state capital, Maiduguri, about 7:30pm left at least 54 people dead and 90 injured. About two hours later, two bombs exploded at a checkpoint about 135km away at a market in Monguno. Locals residents and a hospital source said that attack killed 27 people and injured 62. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Freezer find leads to court
A Danish national on Monday appeared in a court in Bloemfontein on sexual assault charges after 21 pieces of female genitalia were found stuffed in his freezer, police said. The 58-year-old gunshop owner was arrested last week. Anesthetic drugs and surgical equipment were also found in his house. He “allegedly sedated his victims before performing illegal operations on them,” police said in a statement. Police suspect most of his victims were from the neighboring kingdom of Lesotho. Some media reports suggest he had in the past admitted to a journalist that he performed female genital mutilation. Police said the man is wanted in Denmark for illegally dealing in firearms.
Road workers bury drunk
Police yesterday said road construction workers killed a man when they accidentally buried him in a pit while repairing a road in Madhya Pradesh state. Constable Dhruvsingh Thakur said that a road crew working in the evening failed to notice that a drunken man had fallen into a crater on the side of the road. They dumped gravel and an asphalt mixture into the pit, burying the man, before using a large roller to smooth the road. Villagers noticed part of the man’s hand in the road and police on Monday dug out his body. The workers have been charged with homicide.
Opposition alliance formed
Three opposition parties have formed a new alliance after the collapse of a former coalition in June following months of internal bickering. The leaders of the People’s Justice Party, the Democratic Action Party and the newly created Parti Amanah Negara held discussions and negotiations to form Pakatan Harapan, they said at a news conference yesterday.
Curfews being eased
The Home Ministry yesterday said that protests against the nation’s new constitution are abating, just hours after police opened fire on a crowd and injured three in the east of the country. The ministry said that curfews imposed amid weeks of violent demonstrations that left more than 40 dead are now being relaxed in some areas. The new constitution was adopted on Sunday after a 10-year effort.
Female flight attendants working for Japan Airlines would next month be allowed to wear trousers and abandon high heels, the company said on Thursday, after a feminist campaign took off. The airline became one of the first major Japanese firms to announce the shift after a campaign known as #KuToo last year rejected mandatory high heels at work, drawing more than 32,000 signatures in an online petition. The campaign is part of a wider feminism movement in Japan, with Japan Airlines saying that the new policy was aimed at boosting a “diverse working environment.” PANTS PERMIT “This will be the first time to introduce
FATAL IDEA: The nation’s drugs regulator is curbing use of hydroxychloroquine, which Donald Trump has promoted for its alleged potential to treat COVID-19 Australia’s drug regulator has been forced to restrict powers to prescribe a drug undergoing clinical trials to treat COVID-19, because doctors have been inappropriately prescribing it to themselves and their family members, despite potentially deadly side effects. The anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine and the similar compound chloroquine are currently used mostly for patients with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, but stocks in Australia have been diminished thanks to global publicity — including from US President Donald Trump — about the potential of the drug to treat COVID-19. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have potentially severe and even deadly side effects if used inappropriately, including
PORNHUB: Campaigners warn that videos of serious crimes, such as rape, are being uploaded to the site, which has failed to ban or moderate illegal content British lawmakers and campaigners are calling for urgent action to stop videos of rape, revenge porn and child abuse being posted on Pornhub as traffic to the site booms amid a worldwide COVID-19 lockdown. Pornhub’s traffic is up a record 12 percent this month compared with last month, as millions of people across the world are told to stay in their homes. Pornhub owner Mindgeek has used the coronavirus lockdowns to promote its site, giving free Premium access to people living in isolation in Italy, Spain and France. The offer has led to a huge increase in visits to the site from affected
TARGETED: Although hackers are known to be seeking to capitalize on concern over COVID-19, a cybersecurity expert said he had never seen anything to this extent before Elite hackers tried to break into the WHO earlier this month, sources said, part of what a senior agency official said was a more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks. The identity of the hackers was unclear and the effort was unsuccessful, WHO Chief Information Security Officer Flavio Aggio said. However, he warned that hacking attempts against the agency and its partners have soared as they battle to contain COVID-19, which has killed more than 15,000 worldwide. The attempted break-in at the WHO was first flagged to Reuters by Alexander Urbelis, a cybersecurity expert and attorney with the New York-based Blackstone Law Group,