Bush sorry for French quip
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s rebooted election campaign included an apology to the French on Tuesday for making a joke about their work ethic. “I made the mistake of saying that the Congress operates on a French workweek,” Bush told reporters in a deadpan voice while campaigning in New Hampshire, according to Time magazine. “I really did a disservice to the French.” During last week’s debate among the Republican candidates, Bush had criticized one of his rivals, Senator Marco Rubio, for missing votes, as well as Congress in general for working a three-day week. “I mean, literally, the Senate — what is it, like a French workweek?” Bush said. His comment drew a rebuke from French Ambassador Gerard Araud and e-mails from French journalists. “So, my God, I totally insulted an entire country — our first ally, that helped us become free as a nation. And I apologize. That did a huge disservice to France,” the former Florida governor said.
Loaded gun left with child
A man has been arrested for leaving his five-year-old granddaughter in the Arizona desert with a loaded gun while he went off to have a hamburger, authorities said on Tuesday. The child’s family reported her missing four hours after Paul Rater, 53, left his home on Sunday night in the town of Buckeye. Authorities launched a search operation and relatives ended up finding the girl in a desert area with a loaded pistol, said a statement from the sheriff’s office in Maricopa County. Rater acknowledged having abandoned the girl so he could go off for drinks and a hamburger. He was jailed on Monday on charges of abusing and abandoning a child.
Man convicted for biting dog
A Florida man has been convicted of biting a small dog on the face and choking him so hard his eye popped out. The Palm Beach Post reported that jurors found 37-year-old David Etzel guilty of animal cruelty on Tuesday. He faces a year or more in jail at his sentencing hearing tomorrow. Etzel’s mother told deputies in April that her 2.03m, 170kg son had been drinking and was teasing her shih tzu named Cujo, prompting the dog to bite him. She said Etzel then bit the dog back. Veterinarians were able to put Cujo’s eye back in, but officials say the animal is permanently blind in that eye. A veterinarian told deputies the injuries were comparable to being hit by a vehicle or attacked by another dog.
Hungry crocs receive feast
About 11,000 crocodiles that had gone unfed for almost a month — because their owners had their assets frozen due to US accusations they laundered money for drug traffickers — were finally fed on Tuesday, officials said. Pablo Dubon of the state Forest Conservation Institute said 10.5 tonnes of chicken had been provided to feed the animals at the Cocodrilos Continental farm, owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel, near San Pedro Sula. The crocodile farm was set up to sell meat and skins. Manager Antonio Mejia said another company that had been a supplier to the farm in the past donated another 2,000kg of cow entrails. “That will take care of us — for two to three days,” he said. On Monday it emerged that the crocodiles and seven lions also kept at the farm were dying of hunger, and that staff had not been paid for more than two weeks.
Cop stabbed to death
A man stabbed a police officer to death and wounded three other officers yesterday after a driving dispute, police said, reporting the latest in a spate of knife attacks that have shocked the nation. The 42-year-old suspect, surnamed Deng, was captured after the attack in Luoyang in Henan Province, city police said in a statement on their microblog. On Tuesday afternoon, officers had pulled up Deng for driving a motorcycle without a license, police said. Deng told police that he had returned yesterday with a knife to the place where he had been stopped and attacked the officers on duty there, the statement added. It was the latest in a series of violent incidents, including a mass stabbing at a train station in Kunming last year that left 31 dead.
Volcano shuts Bali airport
Bali’s airport, one of the nation’s busiest international terminals, was closed yesterday, canceling hundreds of flights, because of ash spewed by a volcano on a nearby island, authorities said. Ngurah Rai International Airport is closed until this morning and would reopen after a re-evaluation of the situation, officials said. “A total of 692 flights have been canceled,” airport authorities said in a statement. Mount Rinjani on nearby Lombok has been spewing ash since last weekend. “Tremors due to volcanic activities are continuously recorded and potential of more eruption is still high,” the meteorological agency said in a statement. Media reported the volcanic eruption had also delayed the deportation of one of India’s most-wanted men, Rajendra Nikalje, widely known as Chhota Rajan. He was arrested in Bali last week after a two-decade international manhunt.
Suicide bombing kills six
A car bomb targeting a police officer’s club in El Arish killed six people and wounded 10 yesterday, security sources said. Islamic State’s Egyptian affiliate, Sinai Province, claimed responsibility for the attack, which it described as a suicide bombing. The group has killed hundreds of soldiers and police officers since the army toppled former president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.
Claws out in strays furor
Claws were out after a Cabinet minister proposed sending stray dogs and cats to another nation as an alternative to government-funded efforts to sterilize them. “Use the budget to transfer stray dogs and/or cats of one gender [all the males or all the females] to a foreign nation that will agree to accept them,” Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel said in a letter to a Cabinet colleague leaked to the Yedioth Ahronoth daily. The proposal, which a spokesman for Ariel said had been rejected after initial consultations within the Agriculture Ministry, was roundly criticized by animal rights activists and bemused opposition politicians. “No way am I going to apply for a foreign passport for Pitzkeleh,” former foreign minister Tzipi Livni tweeted above a photograph showing the smiling Zionist Union party politician reclining on a sofa and feeding her cat. The newspaper report said Arie views spaying and neutering as possible violations of God’s directive “to be fruitful and multiply,” but Zahava Galon, head of the opposition Meretz party, wrote on Facebook that Ariel’s idea ran contrary to “basic morality” — and she quipped that it was time to find a nation prepared to grant the minister shelter instead.
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
They stand as eyesores to most passers-by and potential public health risks to authorities, decaying buildings wrapped in tangles of exposed wire, studded with protruding leaky plastic pipes, vegetation billowing from cracks and terraces where particulates from polluted air have accumulated over time. With skyscrapers and ultramodern developments on every side, some of these “nail houses” are also sitting on land worth millions of dollars in Shenzhen’s inferno of a property market, where new-unit and second-hand home prices rival London. In battles over land and development, the nail house phenomenon has become widespread throughout China over the past two decades, with owners
An Italian alpine resort on Friday remained on high alert over fears that a vast chunk of a glacier on the slopes of the Mont Blanc massif could plummet in high temperatures. “No one gets through! No cars, bikes or pedestrians,” was the message at a checkpoint where an automatic barrier and two guards blocked the small road snaking up into a lush valley below the Planpincieux glacier, near the town of Courmayeur and the Italian-French border. The blockade has largely been greeted with contempt by the locals, one of whom said: “It’s a joke.” The huge ice block measuring around 500,000 cubic
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong (FCC) yesterday said that reporters in the territory were experiencing “highly unusual” visas problems, and called on the US and China to stop using the media as a political weapon. Journalists have been caught up in US-China tensions, with both sides placing limits or expelling reporters from their territories in the past few months. Now the spat is filtering into Hong Kong, a regional press hub nominally in charge of its own immigration policies. The FCC said in a statement that multiple media firms had reported delays getting visas in recent months. “The delays have affected journalists