Tourist shot by off-duty cop
A French tourist early yesterday was gunned down by an off-duty police officer after a drunken bar fight in a seedy Bangkok district, police said. The 41-year-old Parisian was shot dead at a downtown apartment block after an altercation with the police sergeant major who had approached the man’s Thai girlfriend. “They were drunk ... they started to argue and then had a fist fight, but the policeman couldn’t fight back,” Immigration Police Chief Surachate Hakpan said. “The policeman followed him back to his place and shot him twice.The officer has been arrested and “will be fired ... and prosecuted on a murder charge.”
SWAT team in mix-up
An 88-year-old woman received a scare when a police SWAT team bashed in her door and set off a stun grenade after accidentally mistaking her apartment for that of a biker gang member. Deutsche Presse-Agentur on Tuesday reported that the raid in Luedenscheid was part of a coordinated crackdown on biker gang violence. The heavily armed police unit apparently got the building number mixed up and barged in on the woman at 6am on Thursday last week. Prosecutors in nearby Hagen said the woman had recovered from her initial shock and the damage had been fixed.
Road gets chocolate coating
A street got a repaving worthy of fictional candy maker Willy Wonka when a tonne of chocolate flowed out of a factory and solidified. Soester Anzeiger on Tuesday reported that a “small technical defect” involving a storage tank caused the sweet and sticky spill from the DreiMeister chocolate factory in Westoennen. After hitting the chilly pavement, the milk chocolate quickly hardened. About 25 firefighters got the job of prying the coating off with shovels, hot water and torches. Company boss Markus Luckey said that if the spill had happened closer to Christmas, “that would have been a catastrophe.”
Nationalist faces life in jail
Jurors in Charlottesville, Virgina, on Tuesday told a judge that life in prison is appropriate for a man who rammed his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally on Aug. 12 last year, capping a trial laced with the emotional testimony of survivors and troubling details of the self-proclaimed Hitler admirer’s long history of mental illness. James Alex Fields Jr, 21, stood stoically with his hands folded in front of him as a court clerk read the verdict. The jury recommended a sentence of life for first-degree murder in the killing of Heather Heyer and also recommended a total of 419 years for other convictions.
NASA invites skeptic Curry
Three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry on Tuesday signaled that he is willing to take NASA up on its offer to tour its lunar lab in Houston after his pronouncement this week that he does not believe humans ever walked on the moon. During the “Winging It” podcast released on Monday, Curry asked fellow players Vince Carter and Kent Bazemore whether they believed humans had ever been to the moon. The players said they did not, to which Curry replied: “They’re gonna come get us. I don’t think so either.” The 30-year-old’s statement created a commotion on social media and led NASA to extend an invitation to Curry to visit and see evidence of the moon landing for himself. Curry responded on Twitter to a story that included NASA’s statement with a smiling emoji wearing sunglasses.
TARNISHED LEGACY: Woodrow Wilson served as the university’s president before becoming the US’ 28th leader, but his racism was ‘significant and consequential’ Princeton University is removing former US president Woodrow Wilson’s name from its public policy school and one of its residential colleges after trustees concluded that the 28th president’s “racist thinking and policies” made him “an inappropriate namesake.” The Ivy League school’s trustees made the decision on Friday, according to a statement on Saturday. It comes at a time of widespread rethinking of the US’ racial legacy. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, energized by a series of high-profile deaths of black Americans, has resulted in the removal of Confederate monuments, flags and symbols of racism across the US. Deleting Wilson’s name at Princeton
‘FULLY ENCLOSED’: Residents of Anxin County would be confined to their homes and would only be allowed out once a day to buy necessities such as food and medicine China yesterday imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people near the capital to contain a fresh COVID-19 cluster as authorities warned the outbreak was still “severe and complicated.” After China largely brought the virus under control, hundreds have been infected in Beijing and cases have emerged in Hebei Province. Health officials said that Anxin County — about 150km from Beijing — would be “fully enclosed and controlled,” the same strict measures imposed at the height of the pandemic in the city of Wuhan earlier this year. Only one person from each family would be allowed to go out once a
Japan said it opposed changes to the G7 nations as it pushed back against a reform plan by US President Donald Trump that would have rival South Korea this year join in an expanded meeting. Tokyo has told the US it stands against South Korea’s participation on the grounds of differences in policy on China and North Korea, Kyodo News reported this weekend, citing more than one source related to Japanese and US diplomacy. Japan also wants to maintain its status as the only Asian country in the group, the news agency added. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga yesterday told reporters that
The onset of summer has sparked a rise in incidents of “mask rage” in South Korea as more hot and bothered commuters either refuse to wear face coverings or leave parts of their faces exposed. In South Korea, Japan and other countries in East Asia, widespread mask wearing has been cited as one possible explanation for the region’s relative success in bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control. South Korea, one of the first countries outside China to be affected by the virus, flattened the coronavirus curve in April, although it is now struggling with dozens of daily cases, mainly in and around