Ecclestone relative rescued
Police on Sunday said that they had rescued the kidnapped mother-in-law of Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone from two men on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. According to police, 67-year-old Aparecida Schunck, who had been held since Friday, was not harmed in the operation conducted by Sao Paulo’s anti-kidnapping division. Schunck is the mother of Fabiana Flosi, who married Ecclestone in 2012.
Migrants rescued, five die
The coast guard said the bodies of five migrants were recovered from the Mediterranean on Sunday, while more than 6,500 people had been rescued off Libya since Thursday. In one operation, “five migrants were picked up out of the sea, three people were resuscitated and two were already dead,” the coast guard said on its Twitter account. The German aid group Jugend Rettet added that its ship had taken part in the same operation to save 130 people packed onto a rubber dinghy that was taking on water, and it had also recovered two bodies. A fifth body was found aboard a fishing boat from which some 470 migrants were rescued by the navy and the Malta-based aid group MOAS. Sunday’s rescue missions off the Libyan coast brought 1,100 migrants and refugees to safety overall, bringing the total to 6,530 since Thursday, the coast guard said.
Online fraud suspect nabbed
A man reportedly behind an online fraud network which engineered scams worth more than US$60 million has been arrested in Port Harcourt, Interpol said yesterday. “The 40-year-old Nigerian national, known as ‘Mike,’ is believed to be behind scams totaling more than US$60 million involving hundreds of victims worldwide,” the organization said. “In one case, a target was conned into paying out US$15.4 million. The network compromised e-mail accounts of small to medium businesses around the world, including in Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Romania, South Africa, Thailand and the United States.” The suspect ran a network of at least 40 people working from three nations and had money-laundering contacts in China, Europe and the US.
Pope explains tumble
Pope Francis has explained why he took a tumble during a public Mass on Thursday at the nation’s most popular Catholic shrine. Reporters aboard the papal plane flying him back to Rome on Sunday night after his five-day trip asked him why he fell while sprinkling incense around the outdoor altar at the Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa. “I was watching [an image of] the Madonna, and I forgot the step… I let myself fall, and this saved me. Because if I tried to resist it, I would have gotten hurt,” the pope said.
School police charged
Two former Temple University police officers are facing murder charges in the slaying of a woman in Philadelphia. Court records say 47-year-old Aaron Wright and 41-year-old Marquis Robinson were charged on Saturday with murder, aggravated assault, conspiracy and abuse of a corpse in the death of a 24-year-old woman last week. Police say the woman was found dead on Friday morning in the city’s Germantown neighborhood. It is unclear how she died. A local newspaper said it was a domestic case. A Temple spokesman says Wright resigned in 2012, while Robinson was an officer until Sunday, when he was fired because of the charges.
OFF BORDER ISLAND: The fisheries official disappeared from a patrol vessel wearing a life jacket and leaving behind his shoes, indicating an intentional move, Seoul said North Korean soldiers shot dead a suspected South Korean defector at sea and burned his body as a COVID-19 precaution after he was interrogated in the water over several hours, Seoul military officials said yesterday. It is the first killing of a South Korean citizen by North Korean forces for a decade, and comes with Pyongyang at high alert over the COVID-19 pandemic and inter-Korean relations at a standstill. The fisheries official disappeared from a patrol vessel near the western border island of Yeonpyeong on Monday, the official said. More than 24 hours later, North Korean forces located him in their waters and
ACADEMIC FREEDOM: One professor told her students to submit anonymized papers and not to record any online classes. Some US schools have announced similar steps Students at Oxford University specializing in the study of China are being asked to submit some papers anonymously to protect them from the possibility of retribution under the sweeping new security law introduced three months ago in Hong Kong. The anonymity ruling is to be applied in classes, and group tutorials are to be replaced by one-to-ones. Students are also to be warned that it will be viewed as a disciplinary offence if they tape classes or share them with outside groups. The Hong Kong National Security Law was imposed on June 30 by Beijing after more than a year of pro-democracy
Japan’s government yesterday urged people to seek help if they were struggling to cope, following Sunday’s death of the popular actress and Miss Sherlock star Yuko Takeuchi, 40. News of her death shocked the nation and follows other recent cases of Japanese celebrities taking their lives, with figures showing a recent rise in suicides. Takeuchi was a household name in Japan and had given birth to her second child in January. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato did not mention a particular case, but said that some people were struggling to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. “There has been an uptick in the number
China on Thursday lashed out at the US at a high-level UN meeting over its criticism on the COVID-19 pandemic, with its envoy declaring, “Enough is enough.” Two days after US President Donald Trump used his annual address to the General Assembly to attack China’s record, US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft, also took an outraged tone — after which her Chinese counterpart showed palpable anger. “I must say, enough is enough. You have created enough troubles for the world already,” Chinese Ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun (張軍) told a Security Council meeting on global governance attended through videoconference