Fifth Strasbourg victim dies
A fifth person wounded during an attack at a Christmas market in Strasbourg died on Sunday, authorities and relatives said. The prosecutors’ office said that a Polish national had died after being injured by Cherif Chekatt in Tuesday’s rampage. “My brother Barto Pedro Orent-Niedzielski has just passed away. He thanks you for the love and strength you have given him,” the brother of the 36-year-old from the Polish city of Katowice wrote on Facebook. Chekatt, 29, attacked Christmas market shoppers armed with a gun and a knife, before being killed by police two days later. Orent-Niedzielski and his Italian friend Antonio Megalizzi had tried to stop Chekatt from entering a bar during Tuesday’s assault, a close friend told reporters. Megalizzi, 28, died from his injuries on Friday. Nicknamed “Bartek,” Orent-Niedzielski had lived in Strasbourg for 20 years, according to his friend. Eleven people were injured in the incident, with several still in a critical condition.
Migrant heave-ho denied
Authorities on Sunday denied a report by an international watchdog group that alleged police were illegally and sometimes violently pushing migrants back into neighboring Bosnia. The Ministry of the Interior issued the denial in response to a video published by the Border Violence Monitoring group that showed armed police officers shouting orders at a group of migrants and escorting them out of a forest. The monitoring group said it had more footage from cameras hidden along the border with Bosnia and provided to the group by people who “prefer to remain anonymous for security reasons.” The ministry said the video was filmed “right at the border” with Bosnia where there are no official crossing points. It said officers were not expelling migrants, but legally “deterring” them from illegally entering Croatia.
Facebook blocks PM’s son
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s eldest child, Yair, on Sunday tweeted that Facebook blocked his page for 24 hours over what it called anti-Muslim posts. In a Facebook message posted on Thursday after deadly Palestinian attacks, Yair Netanyahu had called for “all Muslims [to] leave.” Israel. “Do you know where there are no attacks? In Iceland and in Japan where coincidentally there are no Muslims,” the prime minister’s son wrote. In another post he wrote that there were only two possible solutions for peace, either “all Jews leave or all Muslims leave.” He added: “I prefer the second option.” His comments came after two soldiers were shot dead on Thursday at a central West Bank bus station near a settlement. On the same day, a baby prematurely delivered after his mother was shot and wounded in a separate attack nearby on Dec. 9 also died. Facebook deleted Yair Netanyahu’s posts, prompting him to take to Twitter to criticize the social networking giant, calling it a “dictatorship of thought.”
General killed cleaning gun
The Web site of the Revolutionary Guard on Sunday reported that a general who fought in Syria and Iraq accidentally killed himself while cleaning a gun. General Ghodratollah Mansouri allegedly shot himself in the head by accident while cleaning his pistol, the report said. Mansouri was veteran of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war and a “defender of the shrine,” a reference to Iranians who fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, it said.
‘CONFESSED’: A court in Beijing said that former CCP member Ren Zhiqiang abused his power at a state firm and embezzled almost US$7.14 million of public funds A Chinese tycoon who called Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) a clown and criticized his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic was yesterday jailed for 18 years for corruption, bribery and embezzlement of public funds. Ren Zhiqiang (任志強) — once among the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) inner circle — disappeared from the public eye in March, shortly after penning an essay that lambasted Xi’s pandemic response. His outspokenness had earned the former chairman of state-owned property developer Huayuan Group the nickname “Big Cannon.” Yesterday’s verdict said that Ren embezzled almost 50 million yuan (US$7.4 million) of public funds and accepted bribes worth 1.25 million
AUSTRALIAN SITE: China has had a contract with SSC’s Yatharagga station since at least 2011, but the last time it used it was in June 2013. No final date has been given China would lose access to a strategic space tracking station in Western Australia when its contract expires, the facility’s owners said, a decision that cuts into Beijing’s expanding space exploration and navigational capabilities in the Pacific region. The Swedish Space Corp (SSC) has had a contract allowing Beijing access to the satellite antenna at the station since at least 2011. The station is located next to an SSC satellite station primarily used by the US and its agencies, including NASA. The Swedish state-owned company said it would not enter into any new contracts at the Australian site to support Chinese customers after
OFF BORDER ISLAND: The fisheries official disappeared from a patrol vessel wearing a life jacket and leaving behind his shoes, indicating an intentional move, Seoul said North Korean soldiers shot dead a suspected South Korean defector at sea and burned his body as a COVID-19 precaution after he was interrogated in the water over several hours, Seoul military officials said yesterday. It is the first killing of a South Korean citizen by North Korean forces for a decade, and comes with Pyongyang at high alert over the COVID-19 pandemic and inter-Korean relations at a standstill. The fisheries official disappeared from a patrol vessel near the western border island of Yeonpyeong on Monday, the official said. More than 24 hours later, North Korean forces located him in their waters and
The scarcity of commercial flights landing at Sydney Airport has been a disaster for airlines and workers, but for hobby pilots the COVID-19 pandemic has provided the opportunity of a lifetime. The quieter-than-usual runways mean that private pilots have been given the chance to land at the international airport for the first time. When Sydney Flight College club captain Tim Lindley put out a call, he received an overwhelming response. He eventually organized for 14 light aircraft to fly into Sydney airport on Sunday. “For a lot of the pilots involved, including myself, it was a childhood dream to land in a big