Incidence & Issues

‘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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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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Malaysia tourist boat missing with 31 people on board

KALAHAN DENG A boat carrying 31 people, including at least 28 Chinese tourists, has gone missing off the Malaysian coast, maritime authorities say. The boat lost contact after departing the eastern state of Sabah on Saturday. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said search and rescue efforts were being hampered by bad weather. The incident coincides with the first day of ...

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Tehran building collapse: Search continues for missing firefighters

KALAHAN DENG Emergency workers have dug tunnels into the wreckage of a collapsed high-rise in downtown Tehran in their search for survivors and bodies, Iranian state TV reported. They have not yet found any of the firefighters believed to be buried under the rubble, Iran’s fire chief told the official Islamic Republic of Iran News Network. More than 20 are ...

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