Election results announced
The center-left Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections. The Election Commission said the party had won 30 National Assembly seats and the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa party had secured 17 seats in Oct. 18 elections. Turnout was about 71 percent, with about 313,000 eligible voters casting a ballot, it said.
Nobel laureate dies at 90
Marine biologist Osamu Shimomura, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, died on Friday at the age of 90, his alma mater, Nagasaki University, said yesterday. Shimomura and US scientists Martin Chalfie and Roger Tsien shared the 2008 prize for the discovery and development of a jellyfish protein that later contributed to cancer studies. Shimomura was based in the US, mostly at Princeton University, for decades, but had moved back to Nagasaki to be close to his relatives, Nagasaki University officials said.
Fighter deal on track
A project to develop a fighter jet with Indonesia was on track, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said yesterday, and it would negotiate a way for Jakarta to pay its contribution, of which about US$200 million is unpaid. The “KF-X” fighter jet project is estimated to be worth about US$7.9 billion, and a senior Indonesian official on Friday said Jakarta it was seeking “lighter” financial terms for its 20 percent contribution.
Top US general wounded
A spokeswoman for the NATO-led Resolute Support mission yesterday confirmed that US Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Smiley was one of two Americans wounded in an attack on Thursday that killed the police chief of Kandahar Province. Smiley was shot when a member of the provincial governor’s bodyguard opened fire on a group of officials leaving a meeting with the top NATO commander in the country, General Scott Miller. The attack was claimed by the Taliban.
Hippo cull plan back on
The government has revived plans it suspended two years ago after protests by animal rights activists for the controlled slaughter of up to 2,000 hippos over the next five years, Minister of Tourism and Arts Charles Banda said yesterday. The hippo population could not be supported by the water levels in the Luangwa River, where most of the animals are located, while moving them elsewhere in the nation would be too costly, he said. “The South Luangwa National Park has a population of more than 13,000 hippos, but the area is only ideal for 5,000 hippos,” Banda said. British wildlife charity Born Free, which led the 2016 campaign against the culling, yesterday said the government had failed to provide robust, scientific evidence demonstrating that there is an overpopulation of hippos in the river.
Peace deal inked with ONLF
The government on Sunday signed a peace deal with Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebels from its Somali Region, whom it had outlawed as a “terrorist group.” The agreement stipulates that both sides would end hostilities and that the ONLF would “pursue its political obligations through peaceful means.” The two sides will now form a joint committee to discuss the root causes of the conflict, the agreement said.
Quakes shake west coast
Four earthquakes — measuring from magnitude 4.9 to 6.8 — struck in quick succession off the west coast late on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. The epicenter of the first 6.6 tremor, at 10:39pm, was 218km southwest of Port Hardy. The second quake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, occurred 196km southwest of the town at 11:16pm. Six minutes later, a magnitude 6.5 tremor was registered 222km southwest of Port Hardy — before a weaker 4.9 quake was recorded in the same place 14 minutes after that. There were no initial reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami warnings were issued.
Teen charged over ‘threat’
A teenager who was filmed threatening his teacher with a fake gun in a Paris suburb was on Sunday charged with aggravated violence, prosecutors said. The incident, which was filmed and uploaded onto social media by one of the 15-year-old’s classmates, took place on Thursday last week at a high school in the suburb of Creteil. The daily Le Parisien reported that the student admitted to pointing the imitation gun at the teacher, but said it was meant “as a joke.” The video shows the boy standing over the seated teacher, brandishing what turned out to be an air gun. “You’ve marked me absent. Mark me as present,” he shouts as another student tries to plead his case with the teacher, who appears more weary than panicked and continues working on her laptop while exchanging a few inaudible remarks with the class.
Authorities deny organ theft
Authorities on Sunday denied allegations of organ theft after the body of a British tourist who died suddenly while on holiday was returned home without some organs. David Humphries, 62, died in the seaside resort of Hurghada on Sept. 18. His body was returned to the UK, where a second post-mortem ordered by a coroner discovered that his heart and some other organs had been removed, media reports said. The state information service said allegations of “organ theft are unfounded.” The statement said that samples were taken and the heart, parts of the liver, kidneys and other organs had been removed to establish the cause of death. It did not give an explanation as to why they had not been replaced.
Shelter dogs injured
An eastern Arkansas animal shelter said that people have broken in to use dogs there for dogfighting for the second time in two weeks, leaving five animals injured. The Humane Society of the Delta said on Facebook that a worker discovered the injured dogs on Sunday morning at the shelter in Helena-West Helena. Four dogs had been injured, one seriously. The shelter said it was not clear whether those breaking in were bringing their own dogs and using the shelter dogs for practice or were just having the shelter dogs fight each other.
Lioness kills mate
A lioness last week killed the father of her three offspring, suffocating her mate by locking her jaws onto his neck at the Indianapolis Zoo. The lions had been held together at the zoo for eight years, producing three cubs in 2015, and zookeepers had never before noticed any aggression between the two, the zoo said in a statement on Friday. The death devastated zookeepers and the cause might never be understood, curator David Hagan said.
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
‘ASKED TO MOVE OUT’: Indonesian coast guard personnel argued with a Chinese vessel over territorial claims after it entered the country’s exclusive economic zone An Indonesian patrol ship confronted a Chinese coast guard vessel that spent almost three days in waters where Indonesia claims economic rights and that are near the southernmost part of China’s disputed claims to the South China Sea. The Indonesian Maritime Security Agency on Friday night detected Chinese ship 5204 entering Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in what Indonesia calls the North Natuna Sea. The agency sent a patrol ship that closed within 1km of the Chinese coast guard vessel and they communicated to affirm their position and their nation’s claims to the area, Indonesian Maritime Security Agency head Aan Kurnia said. “We
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”