Missing men sought
Police are trying to determine the whereabouts of at least 260 young men who have been missing for a year or more, a security officer said yesterday, as part of an effort to track militants after the July 1 attack on a Dhaka cafe that left 22 people dead.
Three of the attackers were from affluent Dhaka homes who had broken off contact with their families months ago. In the days after the attack, the government appealed to families to contact authorities if their sons had disappeared. Mufti Mahmud Khan, head of the Rapid Action Battalion’s legal and media wing, said a list of 260 missing young men had been compiled from reports from families and intelligence tip-offs, some of whom are sons of retired or serving army officials, bureaucrats and businessmen.
Seaplane crash in Shanghai
An amphibious plane yesterday crashed into a highway bridge on the edge of Shanghai, killing at least five people. The plane, owned by charter airline Joy General Aviation, was taking off on a demonstration flight with 10 people on board, including the crew and journalists, when it hit the bridge in Jinshan District, “The Paper” media platform reported. The airline offers flights to nearby islands and sightseeing tours.
Marchers back Mugabe
Supporters of the ruling party were marching in Harare in response to a series of recent protests against the government of 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe. The supporters sang and chanted slogans yesterday in support of Mugabe, who has been in power for 36 years. Discontent has been growing over the nation’s deteriorating economy, and alleged corruption and human rights abuses. A nationwide job boycott called via social media by a church pastor, Evan Mawarire, earlier this month received a huge response not seen in close to a decade. Mugabe on Tuesday criticized Mawarire for the first time publicly by name, urging him and his supporters to leave if they are unhappy with conditions.
No ‘Poking’ for police
The government has ordered police not to play Pokemon Go while on duty and will soon ban military personnel as well, even though the game is not officially available in the nation. Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu yesterday said that the smartphone game was a security threat. “Spying can come in different forms,” he said. “At first, it appears cute, but the longer you see... it is just not right.” The presidential palace in Jakarta also prohibited playing the game around its premises.
Alert after militant’s death
Security forces are on high alert for reprisal attacks after the nation’s most-wanted militant was killed this week, officials said yesterday. Police confirmed Santoso, among the first in the nation to pledge loyalty to the Islamic State group, was killed in a gunbattle with security forces on Sulawesi on Monday. Chief Security Minister Luhut Pandjaitan told reporters in Jakarta that operations would be intensified in regions considered hotbeds for radicalism.
Car bomb kills journalist
Prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed yesterday in Kiev. The nation’s top online news Web site, Ukrainska Pravda, said Sheremet died in an explosion as he got into his car to drive to work to anchor a radio talk show.
Garry Marshall dies at 81
Writer-director Garry Marshall, whose deft touch with comedy and romance led to a string of TV hits that included The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork and Mindy and the box office successes Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride, has died. Marshall, 81, died on Tuesday in a hospital in Burbank, California, of complications from pneumonia after having a stroke, his publicist, Michelle Bega, said in a statement.
Knesset to allow expulsions
The Knesset passed a controversial law that allows the ouster of members accused of racial incitement, which critics have said is intended to target opposition Arab legislators. The bill, supported by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, allows parliament to vote to sack a member “who incites racism or supports armed struggle against the state of Israel.” The law, passed after a heated debate with 62 votes in favor, 47 against and several members absent, is to require 90 of the legislature’s 120 lawmakers to approve an expulsion. The legislation was put forward after three Arab-Israeli opposition lawmakers sparked controversy when they visited relatives of Palestinians killed by security forces after alleged attacks.
Progress made on recall
Opposition leaders on Tuesday said they had cleared another hurdle in their push for a referendum to recall President Nicolas Maduro this year with the election board’s validation of an initial signature drive. Several prominent members of the Democratic Unity coalition posted on Twitter documents purportedly from the National Electoral Council confirming they had validated nearly 400,000 signatures requesting the referendum. That would be twice the total needed to trigger the next stage in the painstaking process, which is to obtain nearly 4 million signatures asking for a vote to recall the unpopular socialist president.
Man charged for attacks
A man with a criminal record and history of mental illness was on Tuesday charged with a string of deadly attacks on sleeping homeless men in San Diego, California, two of whom were set on fire. Jon David Guerrero, 39, received a two-week extension on how to plea to charges of murder and attempted murder, a delay that ensured many questions would remain a mystery. Prosecutors did not provide information about a motive or weapons used in the attacks after Guerrero agreed to be held without bail for two weeks, meaning that prosecutors did not have to disclose details about the crimes to justify his incarceration.
Pilots remanded to custody
Two Canadian pilots charged on suspicion of being drunk as they prepared to fly a passenger jet from Glasgow, Scotland, to Toronto on Monday were on Tuesday remanded to custody, the prosecutors’ office said. Jean-Francois Perreault, 39, and Imran Zafar Syed, 37, appeared in Paisley Sheriff Court in Paisley, Scotland. Neither man entered a plea during the private hearing and both were remanded in custody until their next appearance, which is to take place within eight days. Perreault, from Ontario, Canada, and Syed, from Toronto, were charged under Section 93 of the Railways and Transport Safety Act, which covers alcohol and drug limits in aviation. They also face charges relating to “threatening or abusive behavior,” according to details provided by the Crown Office.
There are growing concerns for the health of Rokia Traore, a Malian singer who has been on hunger strike at the Fleury-Merogis Prison near Paris since she was arrested on March 10 on allegations of kidnapping her daughter in a child custody dispute. “I am very worried,” said Kenneth Feliho, her lawyer. “She is only drinking. She has not been eating for over a week and her immune system is weak.” Among those calling for the musician’ release are African stars including Salif Keita, Youssou N’Dour and Angelique Kidjo. Damon Albarn, who performed with her in the group Africa Express, wrote: “We demand,
FATAL IDEA: The nation’s drugs regulator is curbing use of hydroxychloroquine, which Donald Trump has promoted for its alleged potential to treat COVID-19 Australia’s drug regulator has been forced to restrict powers to prescribe a drug undergoing clinical trials to treat COVID-19, because doctors have been inappropriately prescribing it to themselves and their family members, despite potentially deadly side effects. The anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine and the similar compound chloroquine are currently used mostly for patients with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, but stocks in Australia have been diminished thanks to global publicity — including from US President Donald Trump — about the potential of the drug to treat COVID-19. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have potentially severe and even deadly side effects if used inappropriately, including
Female flight attendants working for Japan Airlines would next month be allowed to wear trousers and abandon high heels, the company said on Thursday, after a feminist campaign took off. The airline became one of the first major Japanese firms to announce the shift after a campaign known as #KuToo last year rejected mandatory high heels at work, drawing more than 32,000 signatures in an online petition. The campaign is part of a wider feminism movement in Japan, with Japan Airlines saying that the new policy was aimed at boosting a “diverse working environment.” PANTS PERMIT “This will be the first time to introduce
TARGETED: Although hackers are known to be seeking to capitalize on concern over COVID-19, a cybersecurity expert said he had never seen anything to this extent before Elite hackers tried to break into the WHO earlier this month, sources said, part of what a senior agency official said was a more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks. The identity of the hackers was unclear and the effort was unsuccessful, WHO Chief Information Security Officer Flavio Aggio said. However, he warned that hacking attempts against the agency and its partners have soared as they battle to contain COVID-19, which has killed more than 15,000 worldwide. The attempted break-in at the WHO was first flagged to Reuters by Alexander Urbelis, a cybersecurity expert and attorney with the New York-based Blackstone Law Group,