Jail escapees caught
Two county jail escapees, including a murder suspect, have been arrested after breaking out of the Oklahoma County jail in Oklahoma City early on Friday by using sheets tied together to climb down the outside of the building from a 12th-floor cell, authorities said. Pablo Robledo, 34, who was being held on a first-degree murder charge, was found and arrested on Friday afternoon in southwest Oklahoma City by city police and marshals, jail spokesman Mac Mullings said. Mullings said that Robledo was arrested in a neighborhood where he might have family living. Robledo and his cellmate escaped by breaking a window of their cell and climbing down, Mullings said.
Rapper’s widow charged
Investigators on Friday charged a rapper’s widow with his murder after discovering his dismembered body. Investigators said they on Wednesday found fragments of the body of Ukrainian rapper Alexander Yushko, who performed under the stage name Andy Cartwright, in an apartment in Saint Petersburg. “The wife of the victim has been detained. She has now been charged,” it said in a statement, adding that the charge was murder. Marina Kokhal, Yushko’s wife, said that she cut up his body after he died from a drug overdose because she wanted to protect his reputation, local media reported, citing sources close to the investigation.
Court pulls death sentence
A federal appeals court on Friday threw out Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, saying the judge who oversaw the case did not adequately screen jurors for potential biases. A three-judge panel of the 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new penalty-phase trial on whether the 27-year-old should be executed for the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260. “But make no mistake: Dzhokhar will spend his remaining days locked up in prison, with the only matter remaining being whether he will die by execution,” Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson wrote in the ruling, more than six months after arguments were heard in the case.
Ten killed in boat incident
Ten people were killed, five rescued and four went missing when a passenger boat capsized in Lagos, a government agency said yesterday. The boat was heading to Badagry from the Kirikiri area of the city late on Wednesday when it sank in heavy currents, the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) said in a statement. It said that most of the passengers were not wearing life jackets, contrary to maritime safety regulations. “LASWA has apprehended the boat captain and has handed him over to marine police for further investigation and sanctions,” it said.
Several die in border clash
Several people were killed in clashes between border forces and crowds trying to cross into Afghanistan for the Muslim Eid al-Adha, officials said on Friday. Differing accounts emerged from Kabul and Islamabad, with each nation blaming the other for Thursday’s incident on the Pakistani side of the Chaman-Spin Boldak border crossing. Afghan officials accused Pakistan of firing shells and gunfire across the border into a crowd of civilians, killing 15 people, while Islamabad said Afghan forces opened fire first.
Henry Tong (湯偉雄) and Elaine To (杜依蘭) were preparing to spend their first wedding anniversary in separate prison cells until their acquittal for rioting during Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests. There were gasps and tears of relief in court on Friday last week as a judge declared prosecutors had failed to prove that the couple took part in clashes with police in July last year. The pair walked free in a ruling that has potential consequences for hundreds of other protesters facing similar charges. However, they have a long journey ahead as they try to rebuild their lives and business. “We have already been punished,”
WARNINGS OVER COMPLACENCY: The curves of new infections in numerous countries is climbing, while others see the the first new infections in months Spikes in COVID-19 infections in Asia have dispelled any notion that the region might be over the worst, with Australia and India yesterday reporting record daily infections, Vietnam fretting over a new surge and North Korea urging vigilance. Asian nations had largely prided themselves on rapidly containing initial outbreaks after the coronavirus emerged in central China late last year, but flare-ups this month have shown the danger of complacency. “We’ve got to be careful not to slip into some idea that there’s some golden immunity that Australia has in relation to this virus,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters. Australia recorded its
The Australian government yesterday said that it plans to give Google and Facebook three months to negotiate with media businesses fair pay for news content. In releasing a draft of a mandatory code of conduct, Canberra aims to succeed where other nations have failed in making tech firms pay for news siphoned from commercial media companies. Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said that Google and Facebook would be the first platforms targeted by the proposed legislation, but others could follow. “It’s about a fair go for Australian news media businesses, it’s about ensuring that we have increased competition, increased consumer protection and a sustainable
BEIJING REACTS: China announced that Hong Kong’s extradition treaties with Canada, Australia and Britain would be suspended after those nations acted earlier New Zealand yesterday announced that it would suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong. The move came after China passed sweeping new security legislation for the territory. New Zealand is the final member of the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance to take such action after the Australia, Britain, Canada and the US previously announced similar measures. New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters said that the new legislation goes against commitments China made to the international community. “New Zealand can no longer trust that Hong Kong’s criminal justice system is sufficiently independent from China,” Peters said. Moreover, Wellington would treat military and technology exports to