Quake kills one, injures 25
A moderate earthquake of magnitude 5.9 yesterday hit the southern island of Mindanao, killing a woman and hurting 25 people, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. The quake was an aftershock of a magnitude 6.7 quake that struck on Feb. 10, the institute said. Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas said an elderly woman died of cardiac arrest while 25 people suffered minor injuries.
Hostage’s remains found
Marines have found the remains of a German hostage who was beheaded by Abu Sayyaf militants in Sulu province late last month, officials said yesterday. The troops dug up the head and body of Juergen Gustav Kantner late on Saturday, regional military commander Major General Carlito Galvez Jr said. The 70-year-old Kantner was seized from his yacht off Malaysia’s Sabah state in November last year. His partner was fatally shot on the yacht. An intelligence report said the militants behind Kantner’s abduction and killing included Abu Sayyaf commander Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan and his nephew, Mujil Yadah, who was also allegedly involved in the 2015 kidnappings of a Norwegian, a Filipina and two Canadians from a yacht club in the south.
Jakarta race heads to run-off
The race for governor of Jakarta will be decided in a run-off, election authorities said on Saturday, after Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama failed to cross the 50 percent threshold. Purnama topped the first round with 43 percent and will go head-to-head with former minister of education Anies Baswedan, who came second with 40 percent. The run-off is to be held on April 19.
Sikh man shot near Seattle
Police in the Seattle suburb of Kent were looking for a gunman who shot a Sikh man in the arm and told him to “go back to your own country,” the Seattle Times reported. The 39-year-old victim told police that he was working in his driveway about 8pm on Friday when the unknown man with his face half masked came up to him, the newspaper reported. They argued and the suspect told him to go back to his homeland before shooting him, the victim said.
Clashes over oil terminals
Armed forces based in the east on Saturday launched more airstrikes against militias that seized oil terminals on Friday, a spokesman said, accusing troops from the country’s rival west of launching a war. Three strikes hit vehicles and targets in the area around the al-Sidra and Ras Lanuf terminals, where at least nine soldiers were killed in Friday’s attack that drove out the army troops despite earlier air strikes. The militias’ occupation of the terminals has stoked fears that the facilities could sustain serious damage if clashes escalate.
Syrian crash pilot found
A Syrian air force pilot who bailed out as his warplane crashed has been found by a rescue team and is being treated at a hospital in the Hatay region, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday. Dogan news agency said the pilot, who crashed yesterday, had been found about 40km from the wreckage. He was first taken to a gendarmerie base and then to hospital. The hospital spokeswoman gave no details of his condition. It was unclear why the aircraft had crashed, whether it had been attacked or suffered a mechanical failure.
An Australian university student who has never visited China and has only a modest social media following would seem an unlikely target for the Chinese government. However, when a Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman personally denounced Drew Pavlou at a news conference, it was just the next phase in an extraordinary campaign against the 21-year-old that has fueled concerns over China’s targeting of critics overseas. Pavlou first placed himself in the superpower’s sights when in July last year he organized a small sit-in at the University of Queensland, where he studies, to protest against various Chinese government policies. Since then, the Global
BEFORE WINTER COMES: Snow cuts off roads into Ladakh for four months or more each year, so the crunch is on to get food, tents and high-altitude equipment to Leh From deploying mules to large transport aircraft, the Indian military has activated its entire logistics network to transport supplies to thousands of troops for a harsh winter along a bitterly disputed Himalayan border with China. In the past few months, one of India’s biggest military logistics exercises in years has brought vast quantities of ammunition, equipment, fuel, winter supplies and food into Ladakh, a region bordering Tibet that India administers as a union territory, officials said. The move was triggered by a border standoff with China in the snow deserts of Ladakh that began in May and escalated in June into hand-to-hand
Since her personal telephone number was posted online, Hong Kong democracy advocate and Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions chairperson Carol Ng has received menacing calls from strangers and been bombarded with messages calling her a “cockroach.” She is not alone. A sophisticated and shady Web site called HK Leaks has ramped up its “doxxing” — where people’s personal details are published online — of Hong Kong democracy advocates, targeting those it says have broken Hong Kong’s National Security Law. Promoted by groups linked to the Chinese Chinese Communist Party and hosted on Russia-based servers, HK Leaks has become the most prominent “doxxing”
A Malaysian student whose cellphone was stolen while he was sleeping has tracked down the culprit: a monkey who took photo and video selfies with the device before abandoning it. Zackrydz Rodzi, 20, on Wednesday said that his mobile phone was missing from his bedroom when he woke up on Saturday. He found the phone’s casing under his bed, but there was no sign of robbery in his house in Johor state. JUNGLE When his father saw a monkey the next day, he searched in the jungle behind his house. Using his brother’s cellphone to call his own device, he found it covered