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INDONESIA

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.”

MYANMAR

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.

INDIA

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.

UNITED STATES

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.

UNITED STATES

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.

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