Metal rod used in attack
Police have arrested a man for allegedly shoving a metal rod down the throat of a 22-year-old woman during an attempted rape at her home in New Delhi on Monday night, detectives said yesterday. “The accused tried to rape the girl and when she resisted his move, he shoved a rod inside her mouth,” said Ajay Chaudhry, a senior police officer investigating the case. “We have arrested the accused. A case of assault and attempt to murder has been registered.” The victim underwent surgery, but is stable now, the officer added. Police say the suspect had called round at the house on the pretext of collecting the monthly electricity charge and then tried to rape the woman on finding her alone.
Reward to be offered
The government will offer a 50,000 ringgit (US$16,000) reward for information on 14 rare Borneo pygmy elephants found dead last month if it is confirmed they were poisoned. Masidi Manjun, tourism, culture and environment minister for the state of Sabah, yesterdaysaid authorities hoped the reward would help them get new leads. Eight elephants were found dead near an oil palm plantation almost two weeks ago and more bodies were later found decomposing in the Gunung Rara forest reserve. Officials are trying to save a three-month-old calf, poignantly photographed nuzzling its dead mother and now staying in a wildlife park.
PM warns of ‘rivers of grog’
Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday warned that “rivers of grog” were beginning to flow again in Aboriginal communities as she unveiled a mixed report on tackling indigenous disadvantage. Gillard took aim at local governments rolling back strict alcohol bans on Aborigines in the nation’s fifth annual “Closing the Gap” address on improving indigenous welfare, employment and education. She said progress was being made on several important measures, including halving infant mortality for Aboriginal Australians, but warned that literacy and numeracy had slipped and called for a review of state alcohol policies. “We’re hearing worrying reports about the rise in admissions to the emergency department at Alice Springs Hospital due to alcohol-related accidents and abuse,” she told parliament. “People are witnessing more alcohol-related violence.”
Poachers using AK-47s
An official says poachers using AK-47 assault rifles to hunt rare, one-horned rhinos in Assam might be tied to the region’s insurgent groups. Assam state police chief Jayanta Narayan Choudhury says the use of AK-47s suggests the involvement of rebels or former insurgents trying to cash in on the huge demand for rhino horns in China and Southeast Asia. The poachers used AK-47s to kill nearly a half-dozen rhinos in or around Kaziranga National Park in the past month, Choudhury said yesterday.
Mystery check explained
Iranian Ambassador Hojattolah Soltani said a check worth about US$70 million, found by German authorities in the luggage of Iran’s former central bank chief, was going to be used by an Iranian firm building public housing in Venezuela. Soltani told Globovision TV station on Tuesday that the check for 300 million Venezuelan bolivars was to be used for the expenses of the Kayson Co, a Tehran-based construction business that is building thousands of homes for the Caracas government.
Saudi prince to go home
A gay Saudi prince jailed for life for murdering his servant is to serve the rest of his sentence in his home country, a government source said on Tuesday. Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir, a grandson of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah II, was jailed in 2010 for killing Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz in a London hotel after subjecting him to a “sadistic” campaign of violence and sexual abuse. The source confirmed that British Justice Secretary Chris Grayling had approved the 36-year-old prince’s transfer to a jail in Saudi Arabia.
Prison guard charged
A federal prison guard was charged on Tuesday with sexually abusing a convicted cop killer whose child she is carrying, and she had an affair with a second inmate while pregnant, prosecutors said. A visibly pregnant Nancy Gonzalez, 29, appeared briefly in court before a federal judge in Brooklyn, before being released on bail. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. The woman, who worked the night shift at the Brooklyn Metro Detention Center in New York, was accused of having a four-month affair with Ronell Wilson that ended in August last year. Wilson was convicted and sentenced to death for the 2003 murder of two New York police officers, but a federal appeals court tossed out the death sentence in 2010 and he is awaiting his sentence before a new jury. Gonzalez began her affair with the other inmate in September last year.
Gunmen rape six women
A gang of masked gunmen broke into a beach bungalow and raped six Spanish women in Acapulco, officials said. The attackers used phone cables and bikini straps to tie up seven Spanish men and a Mexican woman who were also in the rental house near the Barra Vieja beach as they assaulted the Spanish women for two hours early on Monday. Acapulco Mayor Luis Walton Aburto caused a stir when he told reporters that the crime was “very unfortunate, but it happens everywhere in the world.”
Writer thwarts gunman
A prominent writer who heads a controversial group that claims free speech is under threat from Islam escaped an attempt on his life in Copenhagen on Tuesday, police said. Historian Lars Hedegaard was able to fend off the attack after the gunman misfired and was unharmed, police said in a statement. The incident happened when Hedegaard, 70, opened his front door to a man pretending to be delivering a package and wearing a jacket showing the logo of the Danish postal service. The attacker “fired a shot with his gun aimed at the victim’s head,” but he missed, the statement said. A struggle then ensued between the two men and the attacker fled the scene, it added.
Partying in the gulag
Millions of people died in Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s gulag, but the 75th anniversary of the founding of one of the notorious forced-labor camps was cause for celebration for some. Russian news portals reported on Tuesday that local officials and prison wardens threw a party last week honoring the Usolsky camp in the Urals, with music and dancing, and speeches by former camp guards. The camp was founded in 1938. Usolsky held from 10,000 to 30,000 prisoners at any given time, including those convicted of “counter-revolutionary activity” and other political crimes. More than 16 percent of prisoners died of malnutrition and overwork.