Bombing kills at least six
A suspected car bomb yesterday exploded outside a government office in Mogadishu, killing at least six people, leveling buildings and leaving an unknown number wounded, police said. “The blast was huge and the initial information we are getting indicates it was a car loaded with explosives that targeted the Hodan district headquarters,” police officer Ibrahim Mohamed said. A vehicle had rammed a security checkpoint then exploded, he said. Images from the scene showed collapsed buildings — including a mosque — with rescue workers and civilians picking through the debris.
‘Twitter killer’ indicted
Takahiro Shiraishi, the so-called “Twitter killer” suspected of murdering and chopping up people he lured on social media, and storing their body parts in cooler boxes, was yesterday charged with nine counts of murder. Shiraishi, 27, has admitted to killing and butchering nine people, all but one of whom were women aged between 15 and 26. A police search of his apartment on Oct. 31 last year found nine dismembered bodies with as many as 240 bone parts stashed in coolers and tool boxes, sprinkled with cat litter in a bid to hide the evidence. Prosecutors pressed charges after five months of psychiatric examination showed Shiraishi could be held criminally responsible, the Jiji Press agency said.
Fuel protests shut cities
Nationwide protests organized by opposition parties against record high gasoline and diesel prices yesterday shut down businesses, government offices and schools in many parts of the nation, and in some places protesters blocked trains and roads and vandalized vehicles. The protests turned violent in some states. Television images showed protesters breaking car and bus windows in the Patna, the state capital of the northern state of Bihar, and protesters blocked roads with burning tires there and elsewhere, including in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat. “The Modi ‘govt’ is stealing from the people of India with excessive taxes on fuel,” the main opposition Congress party said on Twitter, posting graphics on many how prices of many commodities have risen under Modi.
Protest for Zia’s release
Thousands of opposition supporters yesterday staged protests nationwide calling for the immediate release of their leader and three-time former prime minister, Khaleda Zia, jailed early this year for graft. Zia, 73, is currently on trial in Dhaka on more corruption charges. A police official said about 4,000 members of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party joined protests outside the National Press Club in Dhaka, but opposition spokesman Fakhrul Islam said there were about 20,000 people.
Trafficking victims rescued
Police have rescued 94 victims of human trafficking, including 85 minors, from open-air goldmines near Khartoum and the city’s international airport, among other places. Interpol, which coordinated the Aug. 26 to Aug. 30 operation, yesterday said that so far 14 people, 12 of them women, have been arrested. The rescued victims came from a half-dozen countries, including Chad, Eritrea, Niger and South Sudan, underscoring the transnational aspect of human trafficking, Interpol said. Operation Sawiyan involved 200 officers, while it provided training and equipment, it said.
More detained for Gulen ties
Authorities yesterday detained 51 soldiers and nine others over alleged links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara says orchestrated the failed coup in 2016 against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul police said. Those detained were among 89 suspects whose detention was ordered in an investigation launched by Istanbul prosecutors and spread over nine provinces, it said. Separately, Ankara prosecutors issued detention warrants for 13 senior officers, all with the rank of major and three of whom are on active duty, the Hurriyet newspaper said.
Crowd protests man’s death
About 2,500 people on Sunday marched in a far-right demonstration in Koethen after a man died following a fight with two Afghans, as officials pleaded for calm to avoid the anti-foreigner unrest that has shaken Chemnitz. Police and prosecutors said the 22-year-old deceased suffered acute heart failure after coming to blows with the suspects during a dispute on a playground on Saturday. The man’s death was “not directly” linked to the injuries sustained, authorities said in a statement. Reports said that he died in hospital and that he had a pre-existing heart condition. Prosecutors said that one Afghan suspect, 18, is accused of causing grievous bodily harm and that the other, 20, is charged with causing bodily harm with fatal consequences.
ELN refuses to restart talks
The National Liberation Army (ELN) yesterday said that conditions set by President Ivan Duque to restart peace talks in Havana aimed at ending its insurgency are “unacceptable.” Right-winger Duque gave the Marxist ELN a one-month deadline after his inauguration on Aug. 7 to convince him that the group is serious about laying down arms and re-entering civilian life. That cut-off point expired on Friday last week. By refusing to recognize agreements reached under Duque’s predecessor, former president Juan Manuel Santos, “and unilaterally placing unacceptable conditions, this government is ... ending the process of dialogue” aimed at reaching a peace agreement, ELN negotiators in Havana said in a statement.
Officer arrested for killing
A Dallas police officer who says she mistook her black neighbor’s apartment for her own when she fatally shot him has been arrested on a manslaughter charge. Officer Amber Guyger was off duty on Thursday last week and returning to South Side Flats, where she and 26-year-old Botham Jean had apartments, when the shooting occurred. Many questions remain about what led Guyger, who has been an officer for four years, to shoot Jean. Lawyers for Jean’s family had been calling for Guyger’s arrest since the shooting, saying that her remaining free days later showed that she was getting favorable treatment. She was arrested on Sunday and later released on bond.
Dead chef wins two Emmys
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who committed suicide in June at age 61, on Sunday posthumously earned a pair of Emmy Awards for his work on the popular CNN food-and-travel show he hosted, Parts Unknown. Bourdain was awarded one of the Emmys for outstanding writing of a nonfiction program for an episode of the series set in southern Italy that aired in November last year. He also shared a second Emmy for best informational series or special in his role as host and executive producer of Parts Unknown.
Female flight attendants working for Japan Airlines would next month be allowed to wear trousers and abandon high heels, the company said on Thursday, after a feminist campaign took off. The airline became one of the first major Japanese firms to announce the shift after a campaign known as #KuToo last year rejected mandatory high heels at work, drawing more than 32,000 signatures in an online petition. The campaign is part of a wider feminism movement in Japan, with Japan Airlines saying that the new policy was aimed at boosting a “diverse working environment.” PANTS PERMIT “This will be the first time to introduce
FATAL IDEA: The nation’s drugs regulator is curbing use of hydroxychloroquine, which Donald Trump has promoted for its alleged potential to treat COVID-19 Australia’s drug regulator has been forced to restrict powers to prescribe a drug undergoing clinical trials to treat COVID-19, because doctors have been inappropriately prescribing it to themselves and their family members, despite potentially deadly side effects. The anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine and the similar compound chloroquine are currently used mostly for patients with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, but stocks in Australia have been diminished thanks to global publicity — including from US President Donald Trump — about the potential of the drug to treat COVID-19. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have potentially severe and even deadly side effects if used inappropriately, including
TARGETED: Although hackers are known to be seeking to capitalize on concern over COVID-19, a cybersecurity expert said he had never seen anything to this extent before Elite hackers tried to break into the WHO earlier this month, sources said, part of what a senior agency official said was a more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks. The identity of the hackers was unclear and the effort was unsuccessful, WHO Chief Information Security Officer Flavio Aggio said. However, he warned that hacking attempts against the agency and its partners have soared as they battle to contain COVID-19, which has killed more than 15,000 worldwide. The attempted break-in at the WHO was first flagged to Reuters by Alexander Urbelis, a cybersecurity expert and attorney with the New York-based Blackstone Law Group,
PORNHUB: Campaigners warn that videos of serious crimes, such as rape, are being uploaded to the site, which has failed to ban or moderate illegal content British lawmakers and campaigners are calling for urgent action to stop videos of rape, revenge porn and child abuse being posted on Pornhub as traffic to the site booms amid a worldwide COVID-19 lockdown. Pornhub’s traffic is up a record 12 percent this month compared with last month, as millions of people across the world are told to stay in their homes. Pornhub owner Mindgeek has used the coronavirus lockdowns to promote its site, giving free Premium access to people living in isolation in Italy, Spain and France. The offer has led to a huge increase in visits to the site from affected