Burglar dies tied to tree
Authorities said a suspected burglar is dead after an Alabama homeowner tied him to a tree after catching the man breaking into his home. According to AL.com, Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer said 68-year-old Nathanial Johnson, of Leroy, caught 31-year-old Cleveland Jones Gully breaking into the back door of his home, about 100km north of Mobile, on Friday just before midnight. Stringer said Johnson chased Gully out and Gully either fell or jumped off the back steps. Johnson jumped on him, tied Gully’s hands behind his back, put duct tape on his mouth and tied him to a tree with insulated electrical tape and clothesline. Johnson then went to call 911. When sheriff’s deputies arrived about 10 minutes later, Gully was dead. Stringer said an autopsy would be performed and no charges have been filed against Johnson at this time.
Pantless inmate riles judge
A Louisville judge scolded jail officials for bringing a female inmate to court without a jail jumpsuit and, it appeared, with no pants. On Friday’s courtroom video recording, an attorney for the woman told Judge Amber Wolf the jail refused to give her client pants or hygiene products. WDRB-TV reports the woman was jailed for not completing a diversion program for shoplifting. She said she had been held for days without pants. An angry Wolf telephoned jail officials during the hearing and demanded an explanation. Jail officials said the woman was wearing shorts hidden by a long shirt. Steve Durham, a jail spokesman, said she was not in custody long enough to be given a jumpsuit. Wolf apologized to the woman and released her with time served and a US$100 fine.
Alleged war criminal caught
Authorities on Saturday arrested a man wanted since 1992 for allegedly committing war crimes during fighting that raged in the former Yugoslavia. The federal prosecutors office said in a statement that police arrested Nikola Ceranic, 47, in the city of Indaiatuba, about 45km northwest of Sao Paulo. Interpol had issued a red alert for Ceranic and according to the international agency’s Web site he is charged with a “war crime against a civilian population.” Neither Interpol nor Brazilian authorities had any other details about the crimes Ceranic allegedly committed, nor was it clear how long he had resided in Brazil. The Ministry of Justice on June 24 presented the Supreme Court with an extradition request made by Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities for Ceranic, and the search for him began. State and federal prosecutors worked with their Bosnian counterparts and police in Sao Paulo to locate and arrest Ceranic. Under Brazilian law, the Supreme Court must decide on all extradition requests. It was not clear how long a decision might take.
China delivers armored fleet
Bolivia on Saturday took ownership of a fleet of armored vehicles from China worth US$7.7 million as part of a military cooperation deal. Chinese Ambassador to Bolivia Wu Yuanshan (吳元山) led a ceremony at which the 27 armored combat vehicles and four riot response vehicles were delivered in La Paz. The military cooperation also includes training and maintenance instruction. Under the deal signed last year, China is donating US$30 million in military aid to the South American nation.
China braces for typhoon
The nation issued a “yellow alert” for Typhoon Nida, predicting it would hit Guangdong Province tomorrow, Xinhua news agency reported. The National Meteorological Center issued the third-most severe alert on a four-color scale, warning of strong winds and heavy rain along the coast affecting Guangdong, Fujian and Hainan provinces as well as the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Nida would be the fourth typhoon to hit China this year, with natural disasters killing 800 people since June, the worst casualties since a similar period in 2011. Weather reports indicate the storm will also hit the financial center Hong Kong. Nida is expected to pick up speed with winds forecasted to reach 38-45 meters per second by the time it makes landfall, the center said. Last month, Typhoon Nepartak drove at least 420,000 Chinese from their homes and caused more than 7.1 billion yuan (US$1.07 billion) in losses in Fujian Province alone.
Hefei mayor probed for graft
Authorities are investigating the mayor of provincial capital Hefei on suspicion of serious discipline violations, Xinhua news agency reported yesterday, using the euphemism generally applied to graft. The report cited the provincial anti-graft agency and did not elaborate. Zhang Qingjun (張慶軍) has been mayor of the capital of Anhui province since 2012. Since taking office nearly four years ago, President Xi Jinping (習近平) has launched a sweeping campaign to combat corruption that has taken down many top officials in the party, government, military and state-owned companies.
Monk’s treatment defended
The nation protected the rights of a Tibetan monk who died in prison, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, responding to claims by the monk’s niece that he was tortured. Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, 65, had been serving a life sentence for “crimes of terror and incitement of separatism” when his family was told on July 12 last year that he had died of a heart attack in prison in the southwestern city of Chengdu. His 26-year-old niece fled to India, where she has questioned the official version of events and is appealing for justice for her uncle. “China is a country ruled by law, during Tenzin Delek Rinponche’s sentence his legal rights were protected according to relevant laws,” the ministry said in a statement sent to reporters late on Saturday. The ministry repeated that he died suddenly of heart related problems and that hospital rescue efforts were ineffective. Tenzin Delek was a senior supporter of the Dalai Lama, who fled to India after a failed uprising in 1959.
Ex-president suffers stroke
Former president S.R. Nathan has suffered a stroke and is in critical condition, the Prime Minister’s Office said yesterday. “Former president SR Nathan suffered a stroke early this morning. He is in critical condition in the intensive care unit at SGH [Singapore General Hospital],” the statement said. Nathan, a 92-year-old former senior civil servant, was the sixth and longest-serving president in Singapore, and was in office for two terms from 1999 to 2011. He also suffered a stroke in April last year. Although mostly ceremonial, Singapore’s president has some powers such as the ability to veto the use of government reserves.
FOX HUNT: To suppress dissent, Chinese living abroad that Xi Jinping sees as threats are told to either return to China or commit suicide, Christopher Wray said Chinese agents have been pursuing hundreds of Chinese nationals living in the US in an effort to force their return, as part of a global campaign against the country’s diaspora, known as Operation Fox Hunt, FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday. In a speech about the security threat posed by China, during which he said Beijing’s counterintelligence work was the “greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality,” Wray gave the example of one Fox Hunt target who was given a choice of going back to China or killing themselves. Fox Hunt was launched
INTERNET CURBS: People are rushing to erase their digital footprints after police given powers over online activity, although it might take years for the full effect to be felt At midnight on Tuesday, the Great Firewall of China, the vast apparatus that limits the country’s Internet, appeared to descend on Hong Kong. Unveiling expanded police powers as part of contentious new national security legislation, the Hong Kong government enabled police to censor online speech, and force Internet service providers to hand over user information and shut down platforms. Many residents, already anxious since the legislation took effect last week, rushed to erase their digital footprint of any signs of dissent or support for the past year of protests. Hong Kong Legislator Charles Mok (莫乃光), a pro-democracy member of the Legislative
‘FIGHT FOR FREEDOM’: Hong Kongers will never bow to Beijing, the advocate said, while the US’ envoy to the territory called China’s new security law a ‘tragedy’ The world must stand in solidarity with Hong Kongers after Beijing imposed sweeping national security legislation on the semi-autonomous territory, advocate Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) said yesterday, vowing to continue campaigning for democracy. Wong, one of the territory’s most prominent young advocates and a figure loathed by Beijing, was speaking outside a court where he and fellow advocates are being prosecuted for involvement in last year’s pro-democracy protests. China last week enacted sweeping security legislation for the restless territory, banning acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. The legislation has sent a wave of fear through the territory, and criminalized dissenting
‘SUICIDE’: Media reports said Park Won-soon went missing on Thursday after a staff member filed a sexual harassment claim against him this week Seoul mayor Park Won-soon, viewed as a potential candidate for the 2022 presidential election, was found dead of an apparent suicide hours after he was reported missing, police said, adding that he was the subject of an undisclosed investigation. In a note he is thought to have left behind on his desk, Park offered his apologies. “I thank everyone who was with me in my life. I apologize to my family for only making them suffer from pain,” according to the note that was released by his office yesterday. Park, in his letter, asked to be cremated and have his remains spread