Automatic rifles found
Police on Thursday confiscated 60 automatic rifles found in a cargo shipment at Rio de Janeiro’s Galeao International Airport, authorities said. The weapons were discovered in a container along with pool heaters in the cargo section of the airport. Four people were arrested and a Brazilian citizen is being investigated in Miami, where the shipment originated, officials said. Rio de Janeiro Secretary of Security Roberto Sa said 250 automatic rifles have been confiscated in the past five months in the state and called the latest seizure “the biggest in 10 years.” Police representatives said they planned to use the seized weapons, adding that Rio state is struggling under budgetary constraints.
Storm hits Pacific coast
Tropical Storm Beatriz on Thursday approached Mexico’s Pacific coast, the US National Hurricane Center said, dumping heavy rains that resulted in at least three deaths, caused landslides, and forced road closures and flight cancellations. The emergency services in the southwestern state of Oaxaca said a landslide in the village of San Marcial Ozolotepec buried some houses and rescuers found the bodies of two girls. Another woman was killed by a landslide in the village of San Carlos Yautepec, the emergency services added. The center said the storm was about 24km south of the town of Puerto Angel, on the nation’s southwestern Pacific coast, blowing maximum sustained winds of 72kph, moving northeast at 8kph. Beatriz was expected to weaken once it hit land in the southwest on Thursday evening and peter out over the mountainous region yesterday, it said. However, the center also expected it to produce “life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.”
ICE denounces fake fliers
Washington officials and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency are denouncing fake fliers distributed in the capital warning against helping people who are in the US illegally. The fliers were found on Thursday on cars and lampposts around Washington. They bear the logos of ICE and Homeland Security, and say residents should report people in the US illegally. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser on Twitter and Facebook said the flier is meant to scare and divide residents. “DC remains a sanctuary city,” she said. ICE spokeswoman Carissa Cutrell said in a statement that the fliers are dangerous and irresponsible, while the Washington Post reported that Washington police have been instructed not to cooperate with federal authorities working to deport immigrants.
Court considers emoji advice
A judge is to sentence an Illinois man who used emojis to offer advice on how to kill a wealthy Chicago woman vacationing in Indonesia. Government filings before the sentencing yesterday described Robert Bibbs texting “high-five” symbols from Chicago, approving plans by his cousin and the cousin’s girlfriend to kill Sheila von Wiese-Mack at a Bali resort in 2014. Prosecutors want a sentence of nine to 11 years. They say Bibbs offered advice on killing the mother of his cousin’s girlfriend for an inheritance cut. The cousin, Tommy Schaefer, is serving 18 years in jail in Indonesia, while Heather Mack is serving 10 for bludgeoning von Wiese-Mack to death with a fruit-stand handle and stuffing her body in a suitcase. Defense attorneys said Bibbs had a lesser role and should not receive a similar sentence.
Jiang Tianyong detained
The wife and father of prominent human rights campaigner Jiang Tianyong (江天勇) say police have told the family that he has been formally arrested and has dismissed his lawyers. Jiang disappeared in November last year, after publicizing the plights of the families of lawyers who had been detained in a crackdown on rights campaigners. State media later said he was accused of inciting subversion of state power, a common charge against those viewed as challenging the Chinese Communist Party’s monopoly on power. Jiang’s wife, Jin Bianling (金變玲), yesterday said that police officials in Changsha handed over a statement from Jiang dismissing his family-appointed lawyers. Jin said she believes the statement was written by Jiang under duress.
Angry driver kills 13
Police say a disgruntled driver started a fire aboard his school bus last month that killed 13 people, including 11 children from China and South Korea. A statement from the city government of Weihai (威海) says the driver, who caused an incident on May 9, had apparently been angered by the halting of his overtime bonus and night work pay.
Premier’s guard keeps job
A police officer assigned to protect the prime minister has managed to keep his job despite leaving his gun in a public bathroom at the nation’s parliament, and then enlisting a colleague to drive back and retrieve it. Police yesterday released the results of their yearlong investigation into the incident in June last year. In their report, they said the officer made a genuine mistake by leaving his Glock service pistol in the bathroom, but should have dealt with it differently.
CLOSELY TRACKED: A US officer said that the warplanes were watched as they flew from Russia by way of Iran and Syria to Libya and were photographed multiple times The US Africa Command flatly rejected Russian claims that Moscow did not deploy fighter jets to Libya, saying on Friday that the 14 aircraft flown in reflect Russia’s long-term goal to establish a foothold in the region that could threaten NATO allies. US Brigadier General Gregory Hadfield, deputy director of intelligence, said that the US tracked the MiG-29s and Su-24 fighter bombers flown in by Russian military, passing through Iran and Syria before landing at Libya’s al-Jufra air base. The base is the main forward airfield for Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled Libyan National Army, which has been waging an
‘SACRIFICED’: Hu Weifeng became the sixth doctor to die from COVID-19 at Wuhan Central Hospital, where calls to raise the alarm over the virus were suppressed The death of a Chinese doctor at Wuhan’s “whistle-blower hospital” has prompted a wave of anger at hospital authorities for not protecting front-line health workers in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. Hu Weifeng (胡衛鋒), 42, a urologist at Wuhan Central Hospital where the whistle-blower ophthalmologist Li Wenliang (李文亮) worked, died of the virus on Tuesday after a four-month battle. Hu is the sixth doctor from his hospital killed by the virus. Another doctor who spoke out, Ai Fen (艾芬), said that authorities told hospital staff not to wear protective gear so as not to cause panic and reprimanded her for “harming
Singapore’s otters, long adored by the city-state’s nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the COVID-19 lockdown, but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull. With the streets empty, the creatures have been spotted hanging out by a shopping center, scampering through the lobby of a hospital and even feasting on pricey fish stolen from a pond. While many think of tiny Singapore as a densely populated concrete jungle, it is also relatively green for a busy Asian city, and has patches of rainforest, fairly clean waterways and abundant wildlife. There are estimated to be about
Indonesian officials are forcing people who break social distancing rules to recite Koran verses, stay in “haunted” houses and submit to public shaming on social media as the country battles to contain surging novel coronavirus infections. The Southeast Asian archipelago began deploying about 340,000 troops across two dozen cities to oversee enforcement of measures aimed at halting transmission of the disease, such as wearing masks in public. However, provincial leaders are buttressing these efforts with their own zealous campaigns to fight the coronavirus. Police in western Bengkulu Province have assembled a 40-person squad to find lockdown scofflaws and force them to wear