Record pangolin haul seized
A wildlife monitoring group says authorities have seized a record 27 tonnes of pangolin and pangolin products in eastern Sabah State, the biggest such bust in the country. The monitoring network Traffic says Sabah police this month uncovered two major pangolin processing facilities. Police over the weekend said they seized three refrigerated containers containing 1,800 boxes filled with frozen pangolins, another 572 frozen pangolins in separate freezers, 61 live pangolins and 361kg of pangolin scales.
New Delhi hotel fire kills 17
Seventeen people died in a fire early yesterday at a hotel in western New Delhi that left at least four others injured, police said. The fire at the Arpit Palace Hotel has been extinguished, but authorities are still investigating what sparked it, Deputy Police Commissioner Mandeep Singh Randhawa said. Twenty-five fire engines responded to the blaze, Fire Officer Vijay Paul said.
More with cleric ties arrested
Authorities ordered the arrest of 1,112 people over suspected links to the network of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of orchestrating an attempted coup in 2016, broadcaster CNN Turk reported yesterday. The operation is among the biggest that has been launched against alleged supporters of Gulen since the failed putsch. CNN Turk said the operation was centered on Ankara, but was spread across 76 provinces.
Chinese film pulled at festival
The Berlin film festival on Monday said that a new movie by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou (張藝謀) had been pulled from the competition days before its scheduled world premiere. The highly unusual move, which comes amid a Beijing crackdown on the domestic entertainment industry, was announced in a festival statement citing “technical difficulties encountered during post-production.” Zhang’s One Second (一秒鐘) portrays a prisoner who escaped from a labor camp during the Cultural Revolution and is on a trek to see a key newsreel in a rural village cinema.
Armored van flees with cash
The driver of an armored cash delivery van disappeared outside of Paris early on Monday along with an estimated 1 million euros (US$1.13 million), police sources said. The 28-year-old man had stopped in front of a Western Union office at about 6am in a northern suburb of the capital and stayed behind the wheel as two of his colleagues went inside. “When they came back out, the van and the driver were gone,” one of the sources said. The van was found a few blocks away, but the driver and the bags of cash were gone.
TV anchor dies in crash
An award-winning television news anchor died on Monday when a helicopter carrying him crashed on one of Sao Paulo’s main highways. TV Band said that Ricardo Boechat was returning from the city of Campinas when the helicopter crashed onto a truck. Police confirmed that the pilot also died. The 66-year-old Boechat anchored TV Band’s nightly news, as well as hosting a radio program and writing a column for IstoE magazine. He was a frequent mediator of presidential debates for his network. “The helicopter tried to land in an access road close to a toll station. But then the truck came and they crashed. The fire occurred because of the collision,” Police Captain Augusto Paiva said.
CLOSELY TRACKED: A US officer said that the warplanes were watched as they flew from Russia by way of Iran and Syria to Libya and were photographed multiple times The US Africa Command flatly rejected Russian claims that Moscow did not deploy fighter jets to Libya, saying on Friday that the 14 aircraft flown in reflect Russia’s long-term goal to establish a foothold in the region that could threaten NATO allies. US Brigadier General Gregory Hadfield, deputy director of intelligence, said that the US tracked the MiG-29s and Su-24 fighter bombers flown in by Russian military, passing through Iran and Syria before landing at Libya’s al-Jufra air base. The base is the main forward airfield for Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled Libyan National Army, which has been waging an
‘SACRIFICED’: Hu Weifeng became the sixth doctor to die from COVID-19 at Wuhan Central Hospital, where calls to raise the alarm over the virus were suppressed The death of a Chinese doctor at Wuhan’s “whistle-blower hospital” has prompted a wave of anger at hospital authorities for not protecting front-line health workers in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. Hu Weifeng (胡衛鋒), 42, a urologist at Wuhan Central Hospital where the whistle-blower ophthalmologist Li Wenliang (李文亮) worked, died of the virus on Tuesday after a four-month battle. Hu is the sixth doctor from his hospital killed by the virus. Another doctor who spoke out, Ai Fen (艾芬), said that authorities told hospital staff not to wear protective gear so as not to cause panic and reprimanded her for “harming
Singapore’s otters, long adored by the city-state’s nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the COVID-19 lockdown, but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull. With the streets empty, the creatures have been spotted hanging out by a shopping center, scampering through the lobby of a hospital and even feasting on pricey fish stolen from a pond. While many think of tiny Singapore as a densely populated concrete jungle, it is also relatively green for a busy Asian city, and has patches of rainforest, fairly clean waterways and abundant wildlife. There are estimated to be about
‘LEAST WE CAN DO’: The gesture was made famous by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was protesting police brutality that targeted minorities They are images that surprised and moved Americans: police officers taking a knee alongside protesters in the most widespread civil unrest to rock the US in decades — and in doing so embracing an anti-racism gesture denounced by US President Donald Trump. As Trump pushes for a crackdown on often-violent protests over the death of George Floyd, police officers from New York to Los Angeles to Houston, Texas, are making gestures of solidarity with demonstrators incensed at the latest case of an unarmed black man dying while in police custody. “I took off the helmet and laid the batons down. Where do