Lawmaker brutally attacked
A lawmaker of the populist, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has been seriously injured in a “politically motivated” gang attack, police said yesterday. Frank Magnitz was assaulted in Bremen’s city center on Monday afternoon, police said. “Given the victim’s work, we believe that this is a politically motivated act,” police said. AfD published a photograph of Magnitz unconscious on a hospital bed, his face bleeding and swollen with a gash on his forehead. Three people with their faces covered had carried out the attack, it said. “They hit him with a piece of wood until he was unconscious and then kicked him on the ground,” a statement from the party said, adding that a construction worker had intervened to stop the assault.
Top court reinstates Verma
The Supreme Court yesterday ordered the reinstatement of the Central Bureau of Investigation’s head, in a blow to the government that has been accused of undermining it. In October, the bureau was paralyzed after Director Alok Verma and his second-in-command, Rakesh Asthana, accused each other of bribery and interference in police investigations. The government placed both men on leave, ordering a probe into the allegations. However, the court yesterday said that Verma would be reinstated, although he would not be able to make major policy decisions until the government completes its investigation. “I do not see it solely as a victory for Alok Verma,” Verma’s lawyer, Sanjay Hegde, told reporters. “I see it as a victory for the independence of investigative agencies in this country.”
Tabloid apologizes for story
A tabloid magazine yesterday apologized for an article ranking women’s universities by how easy it is to convince students to have sex at drinking parties. The list appeared in the Dec. 25 issue of the Spa! weekly and prompted outrage, particularly online, where one woman launched a campaign seeking an apology and suspension of sales of the offending issue. “We would like to apologize for using sensational language to appeal to readers about how they can become intimate with women and for creating a ranking ... with real university names ... that resulted in a feature that may have offended readers,” the magazine’s editorial department said in a statement. The article was about a practice described as gyaranomi, or drinking parties that male participants pay women to attend. It said that the parties are popular among female college students and interviewed the developer of an app intended to help men and women find potential attendees. The list was based on information from the developer, the magazine said.
Trump to address the nation
With no breakthrough in sight, President Donald Trump is set to argue in a prime-time address that a “crisis” at the border with Mexico requires a wall that he has demanded before ending a partial government shutdown. Trump’s speech yesterday evening is to be followed by a visit tomorrow to the border. He is to use the visit to “meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter. The administration has also talked about declaring a national emergency to allow Trump to move forward on the wall without Congress approving the US$5.6 billion he wants. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers face missed paychecks on Friday as the shutdown drags through a third week.
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
‘CHAPITOS’: An ex-DEA agent said the sons of the former cartel head are engaged in a battle for control, with the health of the man temporarily in charge a factor The fight for control of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s legacy spilled into the open on Thursday after a gun battle between rival Mexican gangs left 16 dead, authorities said. The 16 men, heavily armed and wearing bulletproof vests, died in a six-hour running shootout near the rural town of Tepuche in northwestern Sinaloa province. “A van with seven bodies was located” after an initial clash, while nine bodies were discovered following a second exchange, Sinaloa Minister of Security Cristobal Castaneda told reporters. Castaneda said that Wednesday’s clash near Tepuche, 25km from the capital of Sinaloa, Culiacan, was “part of a struggle