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Tue, Jun 21, 2016 - Page 7

PHILIPPINES

Eleven killed by police

Police killed 11 suspected drug dealers during operations at the weekend, police said yesterday, adding to a surge of drugs-related killings since president-elect Rodrigo Duterte swept an election last month on promises to wipe out crime. Speculation has been rife in Manila that some police involved in the drugs business were clearing the decks before Duterte takes office by eliminating criminals who could implicate them.

SOUTH KOREA

Ship’s captain stabbed

Two Vietnamese crewmen on a South Korean fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean have allegedly stabbed and killed the ship’s captain and the engineer over a dispute, the coast guard said yesterday. The two, both aged 32, have since been overpowered by other crew members and are locked up aboard the vessel as it sails to the Seychelles capital, Victoria, a coast guard official in Busan said. The attack against the captain and the engineer took place early yesterday morning and was reported to the coast guard by the vessel’s owner located in Busan, coast guard official Kim In-ho said by telephone.

INDONESIA

‘Decisive’ actions defended

The government said it would continue to take “decisive” action against foreign ships operating illegally in waters under its jurisdiction after Beijing criticized its navy for shooting at Chinese fishing vessels. Indonesian Navy spokesman First Admiral Edi Sucipto yesterday confirmed a warship fired warning shots at Chinese fishing vessels in waters off Natuna islands and detained one of the vessels and its seven crew members. He said the incident occurred on Friday. “We will not hesitate to take decisive action against foreign ships, whatever their flag and nationality, when they commit violations in Indonesian territory,” Sucipto said.

NEPAL

Fake doctors arrested

Authorities yesterday said that they have arrested 36 people who were working as doctors with fake credentials and education certificates in a sweeping operation across the nation. Those arrested were working in reputed hospitals, health clinics and medical schools, Central Investigation Bureau official Dibesh Lohani said. They were arrested over the past three days and were charged with forgery. They face up to five years in jail if found guilty. Lohani said that many others are suspected of working as doctors with fake credentials and that the operation would continue. The bureau was working with the Nepal Medical Council and Education Board for months to investigate people suspected of working with fake medical degrees and phony practicing licenses.

INDONESIA

Race to save flood survivors

Authorities yesterday raced to rescue victims of landslides and flash floods caused by torrential rain at the weekend that killed nearly 50 people and left many missing in the main island of Java. Search and rescue teams used earth movers and bulldozers to clear debris in several locations in Central Java province after heavy rainfall damaged thousands of homes and forced residents to evacuate. “Around 200 people ... in joint teams from the military, police, NGOs [non-governmental organizations], and volunteers are continuing to search for victims,” national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said. He added 47 people had died and 15 remained missing.

RUSSIA

Children die in storm

At least 14 children at a summer camp drowned when their boats capsized during a storm on a lake, investigators said on Sunday. The accident happened overnight on Lake Syamozero, close to the border with Finland, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said. “The investigators have finished examining the bodies of the 14 victims. They said that they were all born between 2002 and 2004. There are no adults among the victims,” Markin said in a statement. Four members of the camp staff have been detained for questioning, he added. The children were “apparently not wearing life jackets,” children’s rights watchdog Pavel Astakhov told RIA Novosti.

UNITED STATES

‘Star Trek’ actor dies

Actor Anton Yelchin, best known for playing the young Russian starship navigator Chekov in the rebooted series of Star Trek movies, was killed on Sunday when accidentally crushed by his own car against a driveway wall, police said. The Russian-born Yelchin, 27, died shortly after 1am after he apparently stepped out of his car in the steep driveway of his Los Angeles home and it rolled backwards, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Houser said. Yelchin was due at a rehearsal, and when he did not show up friends went to his house and found him dead, Houser said. No foul play was suspected, but the accident is under investigation, she said.

TURKEY

Police gas LGBT rally

Police on Sunday fired rubber bullets and tear gas to break up a rally by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Istanbul, in the second crackdown in as many days on protests by secular Turks. Several hundred riot police surrounded Taksim Square to prevent the “Trans Pride” event taking place during Ramadan. As the police swooped in on the rally of about 150 people, the crowd fled into nearby streets. Media reports said that at least two people were detained.

ISRAEL

West Bank gets funding

The government on Sunday approved US$18 million in extra funding for Jewish West Bank settlements, in a move that angered both opposition lawmakers and Palestinians. A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the funding aims to assist small businesses, encourage tourism and improve security. About 600,000 Jews live in settlements built on the West Bank and in east Jerusalem on lands Israel captured from Jordan in a 1967 war. Opposition lawmakers said that instead of boosting the nation’s struggling periphery, the government was pouring money into an enterprise that undermined the nation’s security and international standing.

BRAZIL

Gunmen storm hospital

A group of heavily armed men on Sunday stormed the Hospital Souza Aguiar in Rio de Janeiro to free a suspected drug trafficker, starting a shootout with officers that left a patient dead and a nurse and an off-duty policeman wounded. At least five attackers stormed the hospital before dawn and freed the 28-year-old suspect, who was being treated for a gunshot wound, Rio police said in a statement. As many as 15 other gunmen were outside during the attack, witnesses told police. Investigators were studying security camera footage, and Rivaldo Barbosa, head of the state’s homicide unit, said two of the assailants had been identified.