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MALAYSIA

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.

INDIA

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.

TURKEY

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.

GERMANY

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.

FRANCE

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.

BRAZIL

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.

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