Incidence & Issues

Brawl in South African parliament interrupts President Jacob Zuma speech

KALAHAN DENG Asession of South Africa’s parliament convened for a keynote address by President Jacob Zuma descended into chaos on Thursday as far-left lawmakers brawled with orderlies after interrupting the speech and the main opposition party walked out. Deputies from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party fired questions at Zuma for more than an hour, forcing the president – whose authority has been tarnished ...

Chinese man trapped in India goes home after 50 years

KALAHAN DENG A Chinese man who was trapped in India for more than 50 years has finally been reunited with his family. The media reported how Wang Qi, an army surveyor who says he accidentally crossed into India in 1963, had not been given the necessary documents to leave the country. Following the report, he was visited by Chinese diplomats, who ...

‘Crazy violence’ in Brazilian state during police strike

KALAHAN DENG Police in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo are set to return to work after a week-long strike. The walk-out was over pay and working conditions. It included around 10,000 officers and resulted in a wave of violence which saw more than 120 killed. As the state tries to get back to “regular life” a local resident has ...

Canada man who beheaded bus passenger granted freedom

KALAHAN DENG A man with schizophrenia who beheaded a fellow bus passenger in Canada in 2008 has been granted freedom. Will Baker, formerly known as Vince Weiguang Li, killed 22-year-old Tim McLean after hearing what he thought was “the voice of God”. He was deemed not criminally responsible and received mental health treatment. A review board in Manitoba ordered his ...

Australian biker killer sentenced to death in Thailand

KALAHAN DENG An Australian man has been sentenced to death in Thailand for his role in the murder of a biker. Antonio Bagnato, 28, was found guilty on Tuesday of killing Australian former Hells Angels member Wayne Schneider. Schneider, one of New South Wales’ 10-most-wanted fugitives in 2006, was abducted by masked men from his home in the Thai beachside ...

Ivorian special forces mutiny over pay in Adiake

KALAHAN DENG An elite unit of soldiers in Ivory Coast has mutinied, firing into the air at their base in the south-eastern town Adiake, near the border with Ghana. Residents have stayed indoors and shops and schools have closed. The Ivorian special forces, who report directly to the president’s office, have accused their commanders of stealing part of their salaries. ...

Pennsylvania woman dies with arm trapped in donation bin

KALAHAN DENG A 56-year-old Pennsylvania woman has died after her arm became trapped in a charity donation bin. Judith Permar was dropping off clothes into the metal structure when a step stool she was using gave way and she was left hanging. Her left arm and wrist were broken and she spent more than six hours outside in the cold, ...

Andrea Giesbrecht guilty of hiding six dead infants in locker

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A Winnipeg woman has been found guilty of disposing of the remains of six infants in a U-Haul storage locker. Andrea Giesbrecht had been charged with six counts of concealing the body of a child. Each charge carries a sentence of up to two years in jail. Manitoba provincial court Judge Murray Thompson read out his ...

Chile’s worst wildfire destroys town as help arrives

KALAHAN DENG More international help has been arriving in Chile to help the country fight the worst wildfire in its modern history. Russia has sent a super-tanker aircraft capable of carrying tons of water to douse the fires. The series of fast-spreading fires, mostly in Chile’s central region, are being fanned by strong winds, high temperatures and a prolonged drought. ...

A murder shocks Iceland and dents women’s sense of safety

KALAHAN DENG Iceland is united in grief. The body of a young woman, Birna Brjansdottir, was found washed up on a desolate, cold beach last weekend. Birna, 20, had been reported missing over a week before. Such murder cases are rare in a country with one of the world’s lowest crime rates and a population of 330,000 people. No-one I ...

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