Bangkok blast wounds seven
A bomb hidden near garbage cans in a busy suburban Bangkok shopping area left seven people wounded, police said yesterday. The homemade device exploded at about 9pm on Sunday in Ramkhamhaeng, a university area of the capital, Police Colonel Narongrit Promsawan said. He said none of those hurt was in serious condition. Deputy government spokeswoman Sunisa Lertpakawat said security forces were urgently probing who was behind the blast.
Nurse admits to 11 murders
A man accused of deliberately lighting a deadly blaze that ripped through a Sydney nursing home in 2011, killing 11 elderly residents, pleaded guilty to murder yesterday. Roger Dean, 37, was a nurse at the facility and entered 11 guilty pleas to murder on the first day of his trial in the Supreme Court. He also admitted eight counts of causing grievous bodily harm to other mostly infirm residents of the home, some of whom suffered from dementia or were blind. Three residents perished during the inferno Dean started and eight others died later from their injuries. Dean will be sentenced at a later date.
Blogger arrested for articles
A prominent blogger has been arrested for posting articles critical of the government, reports said yesterday. Truong Duy Nhat, 49, was arrested on Sunday at his home in Danang and escorted to Hanoi for questioning, the state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper said. He stands accused of “abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the state,” a charge that could result in a maximum seven years in jail, the report said. Nhat, who had worked for the official press, but quit in 2011, writes the popular blog “A Different Viewpoint.”
Netizens track teen vandal
A teenaged tourist who defaced an ancient Egyptian monument was hunted down by Internet users, who prompted his parents to apologize, state media reported yesterday. A photograph posted on Sina Weibo showed crudely drawn Chinese characters written over an ancient sandstone panel lined with hieroglyphics, the Global Times newspaper said. According to the China Daily, the vandalism took place in a temple at Luxor, Egypt. Internet users hunted down the perpetrator, a 15-year-old boy named Ding Jinhao (丁錦昊), and hacked the Web site of his school, forcing users to click on a sign parodying Ding’s graffiti before entering. The furor prompted his parents, who said Ding “cried all night” after learning of the cyberattacks, to issue an apology in a local newspaper.
Radiation leak affects 30
The number of researchers exposed to low level radiation in an accident at a nuclear laboratory last week has hit 30, officials said yesterday, with human error likely exacerbating the problem. The accident occurred on Thursday as 55 people were working at a laboratory in Tokaimura, northeast of Tokyo, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency said. The agency, which had initially said six researchers were exposed to radiation, announced late on Sunday that 24 more people were affected. “None of them required medical attention,” an agency spokesman said. According to the agency, radiation was accidentally released during the experiment “due to overheating, which we suspect was caused by some technical problems.” Radiation then leaked from the facility.