Six detained over murder
Police have detained six people in connection with the killing of the father and brother of movie director Alejandro Monteverde. Federal police chief Francisco Galindo on Sunday said that the arrests were made on Saturday during an operation in the south of Tamaulipas state. He said the suspects were holding six Central American migrants hostage at the time of their arrest and their gang has been linked to 20 cases of kidnapping or homicide. The bodies of Juan Manuel Gomez Fernandez and Juan Manuel Gomez Monteverde — the father and brother of the movie director — were found on Sept. 19 in Pueblo Viejo in northern Veracruz. The men had been reported missing on Sept. 4.
Catalonia votes on road map
The regional parliament of northeastern Catalonia is due to vote on a proposal by secessionist parties that hold a majority in the chamber to set up a road map for independence by 2017. The initiative defies the central government, which considers it unconstitutional. A debate preceding the vote was held yesterday. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government has pledged to take legal action against the Barcelona-based parliament if it approves the proposal. Although Catalan branches of the ruling conservative Popular Party and the Socialist and the Citizens opposition parties filed appeals to halt the vote, the Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that it could go ahead.
Tea company fined over ad
A state-owned tea production company has been fined over a TV commercial deemed insulting of ayran, the nation’s yoghurt-based “national drink” as claimed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In the commercial for “Didi,” a popular iced tea product made by state-owned Caykur, rap star Ceza sings: “I’ve tried ayran, it makes me sleepy.” The trade ministry ordered Caykur to pay 220,000 Turkish liras (US$75,000) for “insulting ayran without a reason and giving consumers a wrong message aimed at decreasing the consumption of ayran.” The company was also ordered to stop airing the ad, which the ministry said constituted “unfair competition against companies that sell ayran,” Hurriyet newspaper reported on Sunday. Erdogan, who does not smoke or drink, has urged people to imbibe the frothy, salted beverage and declared it in 2013 the “national drink” rather than raki, a strong aniseed-flavored liquor.
US denies airspace violation
The government on Sunday said that a US Coast Guard intelligence plane violated its airspace, an allegation promptly denied by the US military branch. The Dash 8 plane took off on Friday from the Hato Rey base on Curacao and entered local airspace close to the western Los Monjes archipelago on the Caribbean coast, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said in a televised address. “The most serious part is that this aircraft violated airspace, our airspace,” he said. The US Coast Guard rejected the claim. “As far as we know, there was no US Coast Guard that was flying through Venezuelan airspace,” spokesman Chief Warrant Officer Chad Saylor said. “If there is an aircraft, it’s not ours.” He said there were no US Coast Guard planes in the area. Padrino said that no US authorities “reported that presence” to the control tower at Simon Bolivar International Airport, “as required by international aviation law.”
CLOSELY TRACKED: A US officer said that the warplanes were watched as they flew from Russia by way of Iran and Syria to Libya and were photographed multiple times The US Africa Command flatly rejected Russian claims that Moscow did not deploy fighter jets to Libya, saying on Friday that the 14 aircraft flown in reflect Russia’s long-term goal to establish a foothold in the region that could threaten NATO allies. US Brigadier General Gregory Hadfield, deputy director of intelligence, said that the US tracked the MiG-29s and Su-24 fighter bombers flown in by Russian military, passing through Iran and Syria before landing at Libya’s al-Jufra air base. The base is the main forward airfield for Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled Libyan National Army, which has been waging an
‘SACRIFICED’: Hu Weifeng became the sixth doctor to die from COVID-19 at Wuhan Central Hospital, where calls to raise the alarm over the virus were suppressed The death of a Chinese doctor at Wuhan’s “whistle-blower hospital” has prompted a wave of anger at hospital authorities for not protecting front-line health workers in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. Hu Weifeng (胡衛鋒), 42, a urologist at Wuhan Central Hospital where the whistle-blower ophthalmologist Li Wenliang (李文亮) worked, died of the virus on Tuesday after a four-month battle. Hu is the sixth doctor from his hospital killed by the virus. Another doctor who spoke out, Ai Fen (艾芬), said that authorities told hospital staff not to wear protective gear so as not to cause panic and reprimanded her for “harming
Singapore’s otters, long adored by the city-state’s nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the COVID-19 lockdown, but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull. With the streets empty, the creatures have been spotted hanging out by a shopping center, scampering through the lobby of a hospital and even feasting on pricey fish stolen from a pond. While many think of tiny Singapore as a densely populated concrete jungle, it is also relatively green for a busy Asian city, and has patches of rainforest, fairly clean waterways and abundant wildlife. There are estimated to be about
Indonesian officials are forcing people who break social distancing rules to recite Koran verses, stay in “haunted” houses and submit to public shaming on social media as the country battles to contain surging novel coronavirus infections. The Southeast Asian archipelago began deploying about 340,000 troops across two dozen cities to oversee enforcement of measures aimed at halting transmission of the disease, such as wearing masks in public. However, provincial leaders are buttressing these efforts with their own zealous campaigns to fight the coronavirus. Police in western Bengkulu Province have assembled a 40-person squad to find lockdown scofflaws and force them to wear