Parliament backs PM choice
Parliament on Friday approved the interim leader’s second nominee for prime minister, taking a critical step toward concluding postponed elections. The lower house Chamber of Deputies voted in favor of Enex Jean-Charles serving as a transitional government’s prime minister with a 78-1 vote. Two deputies abstained. The Senate unanimously ratified Jean-Charles’ policy statement late on Thursday. President Jocelerme Privert chose the US-educated administrative law professor and veteran presidential adviser earlier this week after his first choice, economist Fritz Jean, was rejected by a majority of deputies.
Colleges report hate hack
Several colleges across the nation are investigating after a rash of anti-Semitic fliers began printing from their network-connected printers or fax machines. The fliers began to appear on Thursday at institutions including Princeton University; Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island; the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. “Princeton attaches great importance to mutual respect and we deplore expressions of hatred directed against any individual or group,” the university’s vice provost for institutional equity and inclusion Michele Minter said in a statement. Robert Trestan, director of the New England office of the Anti-Defamation League, said a white-power group appears to have hacked into university printers. He said that was a new tactic for such a group. The fliers are addressed to “white men” and disparage Jewish people. They include links to a neo-Nazi Web site. Trestan said the founder of the Web site previously urged supporters to “troll” perceived enemies, including a Jewish member of the British Parliament, Luciana Berger, on Twitter. He said other affected universities include Smith College in Massachusetts; the University of California, Santa Cruz; Northeastern University in Boston; the University of Rhode Island; the University of Connecticut; DePaul University in Chicago; and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
‘Planet Snoop’ launched
Snoop Dogg heard the call of the wild, and he responded. The rapper is providing commentary for nature and other videos on Planet Snoop, a new series on his Merry Jane Web site. The world learned of Snoop Dogg’s skill as a nature host when his parodies of the Plant Earth documentary series aired on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. A petition titled “Get Snoop Dogg to Narrate Whole Season of Planet Earth” drew more than 75,000 signatures, according to the Web site, and “Planet Snoop” was born.
Anchorage man sentenced
A 45-year-old Anchorage man has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for attempted sexual exploitation of children and attempted foreign travel for illicit sexual conduct. Federal prosecutors in an announcement said Jason Jayavarman attempted to arrange a child sex tourism trip for himself and others to Cambodia. He was convicted in March last year. Prosecutors at Jayavarman’s trial presented evidence that he made 12 trips to Cambodia before his arrest in 2013 and made videos of himself engaging in sexual acts with a person he believed was a child. An undercover FBI agent collected evidence indicating Jayavarman planned another trip for himself and others and explained to a potential traveler how to groom a child for sex and avoid arrest.
An Australian university student who has never visited China and has only a modest social media following would seem an unlikely target for the Chinese government. However, when a Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman personally denounced Drew Pavlou at a news conference, it was just the next phase in an extraordinary campaign against the 21-year-old that has fueled concerns over China’s targeting of critics overseas. Pavlou first placed himself in the superpower’s sights when in July last year he organized a small sit-in at the University of Queensland, where he studies, to protest against various Chinese government policies. Since then, the Global
‘ASKED TO MOVE OUT’: Indonesian coast guard personnel argued with a Chinese vessel over territorial claims after it entered the country’s exclusive economic zone An Indonesian patrol ship confronted a Chinese coast guard vessel that spent almost three days in waters where Indonesia claims economic rights and that are near the southernmost part of China’s disputed claims to the South China Sea. The Indonesian Maritime Security Agency on Friday night detected Chinese ship 5204 entering Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in what Indonesia calls the North Natuna Sea. The agency sent a patrol ship that closed within 1km of the Chinese coast guard vessel and they communicated to affirm their position and their nation’s claims to the area, Indonesian Maritime Security Agency head Aan Kurnia said. “We
BEFORE WINTER COMES: Snow cuts off roads into Ladakh for four months or more each year, so the crunch is on to get food, tents and high-altitude equipment to Leh From deploying mules to large transport aircraft, the Indian military has activated its entire logistics network to transport supplies to thousands of troops for a harsh winter along a bitterly disputed Himalayan border with China. In the past few months, one of India’s biggest military logistics exercises in years has brought vast quantities of ammunition, equipment, fuel, winter supplies and food into Ladakh, a region bordering Tibet that India administers as a union territory, officials said. The move was triggered by a border standoff with China in the snow deserts of Ladakh that began in May and escalated in June into hand-to-hand
A Malaysian student whose cellphone was stolen while he was sleeping has tracked down the culprit: a monkey who took photo and video selfies with the device before abandoning it. Zackrydz Rodzi, 20, on Wednesday said that his mobile phone was missing from his bedroom when he woke up on Saturday. He found the phone’s casing under his bed, but there was no sign of robbery in his house in Johor state. JUNGLE When his father saw a monkey the next day, he searched in the jungle behind his house. Using his brother’s cellphone to call his own device, he found it covered