Ecclestone relative rescued
Police on Sunday said that they had rescued the kidnapped mother-in-law of Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone from two men on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. According to police, 67-year-old Aparecida Schunck, who had been held since Friday, was not harmed in the operation conducted by Sao Paulo’s anti-kidnapping division. Schunck is the mother of Fabiana Flosi, who married Ecclestone in 2012.
Migrants rescued, five die
The coast guard said the bodies of five migrants were recovered from the Mediterranean on Sunday, while more than 6,500 people had been rescued off Libya since Thursday. In one operation, “five migrants were picked up out of the sea, three people were resuscitated and two were already dead,” the coast guard said on its Twitter account. The German aid group Jugend Rettet added that its ship had taken part in the same operation to save 130 people packed onto a rubber dinghy that was taking on water, and it had also recovered two bodies. A fifth body was found aboard a fishing boat from which some 470 migrants were rescued by the navy and the Malta-based aid group MOAS. Sunday’s rescue missions off the Libyan coast brought 1,100 migrants and refugees to safety overall, bringing the total to 6,530 since Thursday, the coast guard said.
Online fraud suspect nabbed
A man reportedly behind an online fraud network which engineered scams worth more than US$60 million has been arrested in Port Harcourt, Interpol said yesterday. “The 40-year-old Nigerian national, known as ‘Mike,’ is believed to be behind scams totaling more than US$60 million involving hundreds of victims worldwide,” the organization said. “In one case, a target was conned into paying out US$15.4 million. The network compromised e-mail accounts of small to medium businesses around the world, including in Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Romania, South Africa, Thailand and the United States.” The suspect ran a network of at least 40 people working from three nations and had money-laundering contacts in China, Europe and the US.
Pope explains tumble
Pope Francis has explained why he took a tumble during a public Mass on Thursday at the nation’s most popular Catholic shrine. Reporters aboard the papal plane flying him back to Rome on Sunday night after his five-day trip asked him why he fell while sprinkling incense around the outdoor altar at the Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa. “I was watching [an image of] the Madonna, and I forgot the step… I let myself fall, and this saved me. Because if I tried to resist it, I would have gotten hurt,” the pope said.
School police charged
Two former Temple University police officers are facing murder charges in the slaying of a woman in Philadelphia. Court records say 47-year-old Aaron Wright and 41-year-old Marquis Robinson were charged on Saturday with murder, aggravated assault, conspiracy and abuse of a corpse in the death of a 24-year-old woman last week. Police say the woman was found dead on Friday morning in the city’s Germantown neighborhood. It is unclear how she died. A local newspaper said it was a domestic case. A Temple spokesman says Wright resigned in 2012, while Robinson was an officer until Sunday, when he was fired because of the charges.
FRENCH AID: Paris has sent a navy ship and aircraft from Reunion Island with some pollution control equipment, but rough seas are spreading the oil spill The operator of a Japanese bulk carrier which ran aground off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean yesterday apologized for a major oil spill, which officials and environmentalists say is creating an ecological disaster, as police prepared to board the ship. The MV Wakashio, operated by Mitsui OSK Lines, struck the reef on Mauritius’ southeast coast on July 25. “We apologize profusely and deeply for the great trouble we have caused,” Mitsui OSK Lines executive vice president Akihiko Ono said at a news conference in Tokyo. The company would “do everything in their power to resolve the issue,” he said. At least 1,000 tonnes of
They stand as eyesores to most passers-by and potential public health risks to authorities, decaying buildings wrapped in tangles of exposed wire, studded with protruding leaky plastic pipes, vegetation billowing from cracks and terraces where particulates from polluted air have accumulated over time. With skyscrapers and ultramodern developments on every side, some of these “nail houses” are also sitting on land worth millions of dollars in Shenzhen’s inferno of a property market, where new-unit and second-hand home prices rival London. In battles over land and development, the nail house phenomenon has become widespread throughout China over the past two decades, with owners
An Italian alpine resort on Friday remained on high alert over fears that a vast chunk of a glacier on the slopes of the Mont Blanc massif could plummet in high temperatures. “No one gets through! No cars, bikes or pedestrians,” was the message at a checkpoint where an automatic barrier and two guards blocked the small road snaking up into a lush valley below the Planpincieux glacier, near the town of Courmayeur and the Italian-French border. The blockade has largely been greeted with contempt by the locals, one of whom said: “It’s a joke.” The huge ice block measuring around 500,000 cubic
SHOW OF SOLIDARITY: The publisher’s ‘Apple Daily’ newspaper has had to raise the number of copies printed from 70,000 to 550,000 to meet a huge surge in demand They have occupied Hong Kong’s central business district, marched by the hundreds of thousands through the territory’s streets and endured tear gas and pepper spray in pitched battles with riot police. Hong Kong’s pro-democracy supporters are now wielding a new protest weapon: their stock-market trading accounts. To show support for Jimmy Lai (黎智英), the publisher and outspoken government critic who was on Monday arrested under the territory’s new national security legislation, Hong Kongers have been piling into shares of his media company Next Digital. The result: a more than 1,100 percent surge in two days that propelled the stock to a seven-year