Police sorry for snake tactic
Police have apologized and pledged disciplinary action after officers draped a live snake around the neck of a suspect to persuade him to confess during an interrogation session in the easternmost area of Papua. A video circulated online shows a man being questioned about stolen mobile phones seated with his hands tethered behind his back and yelling in distress as a snake is pushed toward his face by an officer. A voice can be heard ordering the man to open his eyes and at one stage threatens to put the snake into his mouth and under his trousers. Jayawijaya Police Chief Tonny Ananda Swadaya issued an apology, saying: “The investigator was not professional in doing his job.”
Tourist faces jail over drone
A French tourist has been arrested for flying a drone near parliament in Naypyidaw, the French embassy and local police yesterday confirmed, under a law that could see him imprisoned for up to three years. The man, named by police as 27-year-old Arthur Desclaux, tried to fly a drone over the government building, which is illegal in Myanmar. He has been charged under section 8 of the export and import law, Police Officer Min Tin said, adding that Desclaux faces “up to three years imprisonment” if found guilty. It remains unclear why he was flying the drone.
Toxic alcohol kills 99
At least 99 people have died and scores have been hospitalized in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand after drinking toxic alcohol, triggering a crackdown against bootleggers, officials said yesterday. News of the deaths has trickled in over the past three days, with police suspecting the moonshine had been cut with methanol. In one district of Uttar Pradesh, a senior police officer said nine had died, adding that 66 suspected bootleggers had been arrested and samples of the liquid sent for testing. Newspaper reports said about 3,000 people linked with the illegal trade were arrested across Uttar Pradesh in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Klobuchar joins 2020 race
Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar on Sunday joined the 2020 White House race, adding a pragmatic voice from the heartland state of Minnesota to an ever-growing field of contenders hoping to unseat President Donald Trump. In a speech that was almost a point-by-point rejection of the president’s policies, she told supporters: “We are tired of the shutdowns and the showdowns, of the gridlock and the grandstanding.” Klobuchar, the 58-year-old granddaughter of an iron miner, made the announcement before a bundled-up crowd under gray and snowy skies along the Mississippi River, as volunteers passed out handwarmers.
Shutdown looms as talks snag
As negotiations over a border security hit a snag, the White House on Sunday would not rule out another federal government shutdown even as it signaled a willingness to obtain funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall by other means. Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, in appearances on NBC’s Meet the Press and Fox News Sunday, said that “you absolutely cannot” eliminate the possibility of another shutdown on Friday if a deal is not reached over the wall. The White House had asked for US$5.7 billion, and the mood among bargainers has soured, according to people familiar with the negotiations.
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