Bombing kills at least six
A suspected car bomb yesterday exploded outside a government office in Mogadishu, killing at least six people, leveling buildings and leaving an unknown number wounded, police said. “The blast was huge and the initial information we are getting indicates it was a car loaded with explosives that targeted the Hodan district headquarters,” police officer Ibrahim Mohamed said. A vehicle had rammed a security checkpoint then exploded, he said. Images from the scene showed collapsed buildings — including a mosque — with rescue workers and civilians picking through the debris.
‘Twitter killer’ indicted
Takahiro Shiraishi, the so-called “Twitter killer” suspected of murdering and chopping up people he lured on social media, and storing their body parts in cooler boxes, was yesterday charged with nine counts of murder. Shiraishi, 27, has admitted to killing and butchering nine people, all but one of whom were women aged between 15 and 26. A police search of his apartment on Oct. 31 last year found nine dismembered bodies with as many as 240 bone parts stashed in coolers and tool boxes, sprinkled with cat litter in a bid to hide the evidence. Prosecutors pressed charges after five months of psychiatric examination showed Shiraishi could be held criminally responsible, the Jiji Press agency said.
Fuel protests shut cities
Nationwide protests organized by opposition parties against record high gasoline and diesel prices yesterday shut down businesses, government offices and schools in many parts of the nation, and in some places protesters blocked trains and roads and vandalized vehicles. The protests turned violent in some states. Television images showed protesters breaking car and bus windows in the Patna, the state capital of the northern state of Bihar, and protesters blocked roads with burning tires there and elsewhere, including in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat. “The Modi ‘govt’ is stealing from the people of India with excessive taxes on fuel,” the main opposition Congress party said on Twitter, posting graphics on many how prices of many commodities have risen under Modi.
Protest for Zia’s release
Thousands of opposition supporters yesterday staged protests nationwide calling for the immediate release of their leader and three-time former prime minister, Khaleda Zia, jailed early this year for graft. Zia, 73, is currently on trial in Dhaka on more corruption charges. A police official said about 4,000 members of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party joined protests outside the National Press Club in Dhaka, but opposition spokesman Fakhrul Islam said there were about 20,000 people.
Trafficking victims rescued
Police have rescued 94 victims of human trafficking, including 85 minors, from open-air goldmines near Khartoum and the city’s international airport, among other places. Interpol, which coordinated the Aug. 26 to Aug. 30 operation, yesterday said that so far 14 people, 12 of them women, have been arrested. The rescued victims came from a half-dozen countries, including Chad, Eritrea, Niger and South Sudan, underscoring the transnational aspect of human trafficking, Interpol said. Operation Sawiyan involved 200 officers, while it provided training and equipment, it said.
More detained for Gulen ties
Authorities yesterday detained 51 soldiers and nine others over alleged links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara says orchestrated the failed coup in 2016 against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul police said. Those detained were among 89 suspects whose detention was ordered in an investigation launched by Istanbul prosecutors and spread over nine provinces, it said. Separately, Ankara prosecutors issued detention warrants for 13 senior officers, all with the rank of major and three of whom are on active duty, the Hurriyet newspaper said.
Crowd protests man’s death
About 2,500 people on Sunday marched in a far-right demonstration in Koethen after a man died following a fight with two Afghans, as officials pleaded for calm to avoid the anti-foreigner unrest that has shaken Chemnitz. Police and prosecutors said the 22-year-old deceased suffered acute heart failure after coming to blows with the suspects during a dispute on a playground on Saturday. The man’s death was “not directly” linked to the injuries sustained, authorities said in a statement. Reports said that he died in hospital and that he had a pre-existing heart condition. Prosecutors said that one Afghan suspect, 18, is accused of causing grievous bodily harm and that the other, 20, is charged with causing bodily harm with fatal consequences.
ELN refuses to restart talks
The National Liberation Army (ELN) yesterday said that conditions set by President Ivan Duque to restart peace talks in Havana aimed at ending its insurgency are “unacceptable.” Right-winger Duque gave the Marxist ELN a one-month deadline after his inauguration on Aug. 7 to convince him that the group is serious about laying down arms and re-entering civilian life. That cut-off point expired on Friday last week. By refusing to recognize agreements reached under Duque’s predecessor, former president Juan Manuel Santos, “and unilaterally placing unacceptable conditions, this government is ... ending the process of dialogue” aimed at reaching a peace agreement, ELN negotiators in Havana said in a statement.
Officer arrested for killing
A Dallas police officer who says she mistook her black neighbor’s apartment for her own when she fatally shot him has been arrested on a manslaughter charge. Officer Amber Guyger was off duty on Thursday last week and returning to South Side Flats, where she and 26-year-old Botham Jean had apartments, when the shooting occurred. Many questions remain about what led Guyger, who has been an officer for four years, to shoot Jean. Lawyers for Jean’s family had been calling for Guyger’s arrest since the shooting, saying that her remaining free days later showed that she was getting favorable treatment. She was arrested on Sunday and later released on bond.
Dead chef wins two Emmys
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who committed suicide in June at age 61, on Sunday posthumously earned a pair of Emmy Awards for his work on the popular CNN food-and-travel show he hosted, Parts Unknown. Bourdain was awarded one of the Emmys for outstanding writing of a nonfiction program for an episode of the series set in southern Italy that aired in November last year. He also shared a second Emmy for best informational series or special in his role as host and executive producer of Parts Unknown.
EVOLVING SITUATION: Of the latest cases, 23 percent were found to be asymptomatic, but the coronavirus strain in Da Nang is more contagious, authorities said A COVID-19 outbreak that began in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang more than a week ago has spread to at least four city factories with a combined workforce of about 3,700, state media reported yesterday. Four cases were found at the plants in different industrial parks in the central city that collectively employ 77,000 people, the Lao Dong newspaper said. Vietnam, praised widely for its decisive measures to combat the novel coronavirus since it first appeared in late January, is battling new clusters of infection having gone for more than three months without detecting any domestic transmissions. Authorities yesterday reported one new
Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a remote Pacific island have been found alive and well after a rescue team spotted their giant SOS message written into the sand on a beach. Australian and US military aircraft found the three men on tiny Pikelot island, nearly 200km west of where they had set off. Rescuers said that the men were “in good condition” with no significant injuries. The men had been missing for three days after their 7m skiff ran out of fuel and strayed off course. Authorities in the US territory of Guam raised the alarm on Saturday after the men failed to complete
A cat that went missing on a family holiday on the shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland, has been identified 12 years later. Tortoiseshell-and-white Georgie spent October half term in 2008 with her owners at the Rowardennan campsite, but vanished as they were due to return home to Greater Manchester, England. After a search of the site the Davies family departed without Georgie, hoping the three-year-old microchipped feline would be located by someone. Over the intervening 12 years, she remained close to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park site, being fed and cared for by campsite staff and holidaymakers. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit and lockdown
LIFELONG LOSS: Jiro Hamasumi, who was not quite born when an atomic bomb hit Hiroshima, lost his father and other relatives, but said he thinks about his father daily As Japan marks 75 years since the devastating attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the last generation of nuclear bomb survivors is working to ensure their message lives on after them. The “hibakusha” — literally “person affected by the bomb” — have for decades been a powerful voice calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. There are an estimated 136,700 left, many of whom were infants or soon to be born at the time of the attacks. The average age of a survivor now is a little over 83, according to the Japanese Ministry of Health, lending an urgency as they share their testimonies