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New executions looming

More drug convicts could imminently face the firing squad, after authorities yesterday said they were ready to carry out a new round of executions after a hiatus. A Pakistani death row convict was yesterday sent to Nusakambangan prison island, where Jakarta conducts executions, and an Indonesian woman sentenced to death for narcotics offenses was transferred to the island over the weekend. The Pakistani embassy in Jakarta was notified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday that the Pakistani man, Zulfiqar Ali, would be executed in the near future, Pakistani Deputy Ambassador Syed Zahid Raza said. Such notifications are typically sent out to foreign embassies in the days before inmates are put to death. It was not immediately clear whether more had been issued. Rights groups have claimed Ali, sentenced to death in 2005 for heroin possession, was beaten into confessing. The attorney-general’s office previously said executions would resume after the Eid holiday at the start of this month, and that Indonesians and foreigners would be included, but no Europeans or Australians.


Israeli allegedly gang-raped

A 25-year-old Israeli woman has allegedly been raped by two men in the popular northern Himalayan resort town of Manali, senior local police officers said yesterday. The woman has told police she was attacked early on Sunday morning after flagging down what she thought was a taxi and asking for a lift to a nearby town, superintendent Padam Chand said. “There were six people in the car and two of the occupants raped her, she alleged,” Chand said, and then they fled. The woman had been trying to reunite with friends who had already left for the nearby town of Keylong after they all arrived in Manali a few days earlier. Police were examining CCTV footage from cameras installed on the streets on Manali, popular with holidaying foreigners and Indians, in the hope of identifying the suspects. The woman was being treated in hospital after she reported the attack, which took place at about 3am, at the Manali police station later on Sunday.


Satellite dishes destroyed

Authorities destroyed 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers on Sunday as part of a widespread crackdown against the illegal devices that authorities say are morally damaging, a news Web site reported. The destruction ceremony took place in Tehran in the presence of General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, head of the Basij militia, who warned of the impact that satellite television was having in the conservative country. “The truth is that most satellite channels ... deviate the society’s morality and culture,” he said at the event according to Basij News. “What these televisions really achieve is increased divorce, addiction and insecurity in society.” Naghdi added that a total of 1 million Iranians had already voluntarily handed over their satellite apparatuses to authorities.


Crocodile injures US surfer

A US surfer was being treated in hospital on Sunday after being attacked by a crocodile so severely half a leg had to be amputated, local media reported. The man, identified as Jonathan Becker, 59 and from Arizona, was set upon by the crocodile on Friday while crossing a river between beaches in Tamarindo, in northwestern Costa Rica. He managed to fight the reptile off and make it to shore, where local surfers helped him before he was taken to hospital. The crocodile ripped flesh from the calf of his right leg, resulting in wounds so serious it had to be partially amputated, media reported.

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