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Five men die cleaning well

Five low-caste villagers have died trying to revive an unused well in a parched region, police said yesterday, as the nation reels under one of the worst droughts on record. The five men, from the lowest Dalit caste, were killed by toxic gas in the pit of the well in Haryana State’s Jind district on Monday when they went in to clean it. “The well had not been in use for about five to six years and a poisonous gas had formed in its depths. The five men inhaled that and died,” deputy police chief Virender Singh said. India is in the grips of its worst water crisis in years, with the government saying that about 330 million people, a quarter of the population, are suffering from drought after two weak monsoons.


Assault blamed for shooting

A state-owned newspaper is reporting that an alleged sexual assault caused a Dubai police officer to fatally shoot his colleague. The National of Abu Dhabi reported yesterday that the accused, a 26-year-old Yemeni patrol sergeant, killed the 51-year-old Emirati armory officer after being handed his weapon at the start of his shift on Nov. 8 last year. The newspaper said that the Dubai Criminal Court heard testimony on Monday that the Yemeni officer accused the Emirati and another man of knocking him out with chemicals, then sexually assaulting him days earlier.


Han Kang wins Booker prize

South Korean author Han Kang has won the Man Booker International Prize for fiction with The Vegetarian, an unsettling novel in which a woman’s decision to stop eating meat has devastating consequences. Han beat literary stars including elusive Italian author Elena Ferrante and Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk to the £50,000 (US$72,000) prize, awarded at a ceremony in London on Monday. The prize money is to be split evenly between Han and her 28-year-old translator, Deborah Smith, who only began learning Korean seven years ago. Han, 45, is the first South Korean writer to be nominated for the prize, which was founded in 2005.


‘Domesticated’ bison moves

A “domesticated” bison that was allowed to roam in her owner’s Dallas-area home has moved on to pastures new. Bullet the bison was transported on Saturday from Karen Schoeve’s home in Argyle to her new home, which she will share with two cows, in Flower Mound, Texas. Schoeve said she was struggling to balance work and looking after Bullet and her two paint ponies, so she sold off the horses and two months ago advertised Bullet for sale on Craigslist for US$5,960. Schoeve described Bullet as house-trained, although she sometimes tracks mud inside. She said the bison is “good hardy stock, but not scary” and that she has “a great personality.”


Car wash robbery fails

Authorities said a man tried to rob a car wash in northern California with an empty potato chip bag and an alleged handgun. The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety said in a statement that the man entered KaCees World of Water car wash on Friday last week and dropped an empty potato chip bag on the counter. He told the cashier to fill it with money, warning that he had a gun. The man gestured that the weapon was in the empty bag, but the cashier saw it held only a piece of cardboard and called a coworker for help. When the other employee approached, the suspect fled on foot, police said.

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