Marines confirmed dead
Twelve marines missing at sea when two military helicopters apparently collided in Hawaii last week are dead, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said on Wednesday. The CH-53E helicopters crashed on Thursday last week off the island of Oahu with six crewmembers aboard each. “Our hearts go out to the loved ones and family members of 12 marines missing since an apparent helicopter collision off the coast of Hawaii last week,” Carter said in a statement.
Second execution of the year
Texas on Wednesday executed a man who killed a transvestite during a sex game, prison officials said. Richard Masterson, 43, who failed in a desperate last-ditch appeal to the Supreme Court, received a lethal injection and died at 6:53pm, a spokesman for the local prison administration said. He was the second person executed in the nation this year. Masterson was convicted of strangling to death Darin Honeycutt in 2001 in Houston. Masterson admitted strangling Honeycutt, but said that it was an accident and that the victim died of a heart attack during consensual sex.
Assange to face questioning
WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange is to be questioned shortly at the nation’s embassy in London, President Rafael Correa told reporters in Quito on Wednesday. Correa said that questions submitted by Swedish prosecutors will be asked of Assange by Quito government officials “in the coming days.” The questions relate to accusations of sexual assault made by two women. “This is finally going to happen, what could have been done three years ago,” Correa said.
Airspace security tightened
The government has announced tighter new rules for the nation’ airspace, including a measure that could let the air force shoot down planes suspected of illegal activities. The rules include expanded radar coverage aimed at detecting and deterring drug and flights. Opponents have jumped on the protocol for potentially shooting down unresponsive planes, saying it amounts to a death sentence, but Secretary of Homeland Security Eugenio Burzaco on Wednesday said that would only be a last resort.
Spelling error brings police
The family of a 10-year-old Muslim boy on Wednesday demanded an apology after he was quizzed by police for writing that he lived in a “terrorist” house instead of a “terraced” house during an English class. Police interviewed the boy at his home in Lancashire on Dec. 7 and examined the family computer following his mistake, according to the BBC. Since July last year, teachers have been legally obliged to report any suspicious behavior by pupils. “You can imagine it happening to a 30-year-old man, but not to a young child,” the boy’s cousin told the BBC. “If the teacher had any concerns it should have been about his spelling… He’s now scared of writing, using his imagination.” A terraced property is a term for a townhouse that shares its side walls with others. Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, the nation’s largest umbrella group for Islamic associations said: “There are huge concerns that individuals going about their daily life are being seen through the lens of security and are being seen as potential terrorists rather than students.”
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
BEYOND CULTURE: The US State Department was expected to announce that the Chinese government-funded institutes would have to register as foreign missions US President Donald Trump’s administration is increasing scrutiny of a long-established Chinese-government funded program that is dedicated to teaching Chinese language and culture in the US and other nations, the latest escalation of tensions with Beijing. The US Department of State was expected to announce as soon as yesterday that Confucius Institutes in the US — many of which are based on college campuses — would have to register as “foreign missions,” according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified. The designation would amount to a conclusion that the institutes are “substantially owned or effectively controlled” by
SHOW OF SOLIDARITY: The publisher’s ‘Apple Daily’ newspaper has had to raise the number of copies printed from 70,000 to 550,000 to meet a huge surge in demand They have occupied Hong Kong’s central business district, marched by the hundreds of thousands through the territory’s streets and endured tear gas and pepper spray in pitched battles with riot police. Hong Kong’s pro-democracy supporters are now wielding a new protest weapon: their stock-market trading accounts. To show support for Jimmy Lai (黎智英), the publisher and outspoken government critic who was on Monday arrested under the territory’s new national security legislation, Hong Kongers have been piling into shares of his media company Next Digital. The result: a more than 1,100 percent surge in two days that propelled the stock to a seven-year