Kangaroo killer avoids jail
A man who deliberately mowed down at least 20 kangaroos with a truck avoided jail after pleading guilty to animal cruelty, local media reported yesterday. The dead animals, including two joeys, were found littered over roads in Tura Beach, New South Wales, in September last year. Bega District News reported that Nathan Sanger, 20, yesterday appeared in Bega District Court, where he admitted his role in the killing spree, which lasted an hour and sparked widespread outrage. The court heard Sanger had caused “a lot of suffering to a large number of defenseless animals” in an act of “gratuitous cruelty,” the newspaper said. Sanger was facing up to five years’ jail for torturing or beating and causing the death of an animal, but the first-time offender was ordered to complete 500 hours of community service.
Teenager dies amid protests
A young protester died on Monday after being hit in the head by a projectile fired by riot police as demonstrations against the government continued for a fifth day. Dilan Cruz, who local media said was 18 years old, died from wounds sustained at a protest in Bogota on Saturday. Cruz had become a symbol of the protest movement that sprang up last week after video clips circulated showing him slumping face down an instant after the sound of a weapon being fired. Demonstrators chanted his name while he was in intensive care. Earlier, tens of thousands marched in Bogota, as heavy-handed police tactics in the past several days gave them an additional grievance. Schools shut early and some banks and stores boarded up their windows. After Cruz’s death was reported, some people banged pots, until after midnight. President Ivan Duque said on Twitter that he “deeply regretted” Cruz’s death.
Granny freed after appeal
An Australian grandmother yesterday won her final appeal against a death sentence for trafficking and walked free. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto looked delighted and kissed her lawyer in court after the ruling, which brings down the curtain on a saga that began in 2014, when she was arrested with crystal methamphetamine in her backpack while transiting in Kuala Lumpur. The 55-year-old, who was detained while heading home, had said that she was fooled into carrying the bag after traveling to China to meet a man she met online. The mother of four was briefly held by immigration authorities, but soon left court in a car with her lawyers, who said they hope that she can fly home within two days once her documents have been processed.
Measles deaths rise to 32
The death toll from a measles epidemic yesterday rose to 32 as infection rates continue to soar out of control, official data showed. Government figures showed that 28 of the dead were children aged four or younger. The total number of measles cases was 2,437. The government has declared a state of emergency, but overstretched medical services are struggling to contain the outbreak, which has been exacerbated by low vaccination rates. The number of cases has risen fivefold in the past week and fatalities have more than tripled, despite the government launching a compulsory vaccination program. A total of 57,000 people have been vaccinated in the past few weeks, but Prime Minister Tuilaepa Malielegaoi said that every citizen needed to be vaccinated.
FRENCH AID: Paris has sent a navy ship and aircraft from Reunion Island with some pollution control equipment, but rough seas are spreading the oil spill The operator of a Japanese bulk carrier which ran aground off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean yesterday apologized for a major oil spill, which officials and environmentalists say is creating an ecological disaster, as police prepared to board the ship. The MV Wakashio, operated by Mitsui OSK Lines, struck the reef on Mauritius’ southeast coast on July 25. “We apologize profusely and deeply for the great trouble we have caused,” Mitsui OSK Lines executive vice president Akihiko Ono said at a news conference in Tokyo. The company would “do everything in their power to resolve the issue,” he said. At least 1,000 tonnes of
They stand as eyesores to most passers-by and potential public health risks to authorities, decaying buildings wrapped in tangles of exposed wire, studded with protruding leaky plastic pipes, vegetation billowing from cracks and terraces where particulates from polluted air have accumulated over time. With skyscrapers and ultramodern developments on every side, some of these “nail houses” are also sitting on land worth millions of dollars in Shenzhen’s inferno of a property market, where new-unit and second-hand home prices rival London. In battles over land and development, the nail house phenomenon has become widespread throughout China over the past two decades, with owners
An Italian alpine resort on Friday remained on high alert over fears that a vast chunk of a glacier on the slopes of the Mont Blanc massif could plummet in high temperatures. “No one gets through! No cars, bikes or pedestrians,” was the message at a checkpoint where an automatic barrier and two guards blocked the small road snaking up into a lush valley below the Planpincieux glacier, near the town of Courmayeur and the Italian-French border. The blockade has largely been greeted with contempt by the locals, one of whom said: “It’s a joke.” The huge ice block measuring around 500,000 cubic
SHOW OF SOLIDARITY: The publisher’s ‘Apple Daily’ newspaper has had to raise the number of copies printed from 70,000 to 550,000 to meet a huge surge in demand They have occupied Hong Kong’s central business district, marched by the hundreds of thousands through the territory’s streets and endured tear gas and pepper spray in pitched battles with riot police. Hong Kong’s pro-democracy supporters are now wielding a new protest weapon: their stock-market trading accounts. To show support for Jimmy Lai (黎智英), the publisher and outspoken government critic who was on Monday arrested under the territory’s new national security legislation, Hong Kongers have been piling into shares of his media company Next Digital. The result: a more than 1,100 percent surge in two days that propelled the stock to a seven-year