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India crowd attacks suspected killers
NEW DELHI, India
An angry crowd outside an Indian courthouse severely beat a wealthy man and his servant yesterday after they attended a court hearing on charges of raping, killing and dismembering more than 20 women and children.
Television footage showed the crowd, including some lawyers, attacking and punching the suspects before police reinforcements arrived and formed a protective cordon around them.
One of the suspects, Moninder Singh Pandher, fainted and was taken to a hospital, the Press Trust of India news agency said.
The crowd attacked the two as they were being taken back to police custody after the court hearing in Ghaziabad, a town on the outskirts of New Delhi, PTI said.
Police arrested Pandher and his servant, Surender Kohli, nearly a month ago and charged them with kidnapping, raping and killing the victims and then dumping their dismembered bodies into storm drains outside Pandher's house in Noida, an industrial and software hub adjoining New Delhi.
Coup leader retreats
SUVA, Fiji
Fiji's coup leader and interim prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama backed down yesterday from veiled threats to ban imports from Australia and New Zealand and expel their expatriates.
The Fijian military commander, angered by sanctions imposed by the two countries following the December 5 coup, said last week Fiji could retaliate, citing the two countries' exports and expatriates living in Fiji.
But he told a press conference yesterday that there had been "speculative reporting" that Fiji would prohibit imports and expatriates from the two nations.
"I would like to categorically state that no such bans will be imposed," Bainimarama said.
Two climbers die
WELLINGTON, New Zealand
Two Japanese climbers fell to their deaths and a third miraculously escaped injury while descending from the summit of New Zealand's highest mountain, police said yesterday.
The climbers were descending by rope down a rock face about 200 meters below the summit of Mount Cook, on New Zealand's South Island, when they fell late Wednesday, police spokesman Carl Pedersen said.
Rescue teams yesterday recovered the bodies of a man and woman - aged 53 and 31 - from the Upper Linda Ice Shelf, a glacial outcrop 200 meters from the peak of the 3,754-meter mountain.
Pedersen said the pair, members of a Japanese mountaineering club, fell several hundred meters while rappelling down the sheer rock face.Early investigations showed the rock to which the climbers had anchored themselves had given way.
Sri Lanka rebels killed
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka
Government troops clashed twice with separatist Tamil Tigers in volatile northern Sri Lanka, killing at least four insurgents, the military said yesterday.
In the northern district of Vavuniya, army troops exchanged gunfire with a group of rebels yesterday morning and later found the body of an insurgent, military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said.
Separately, soldiers repulsed a rebel attack late Wednesday in Welioya, also in the north, killing three insurgents, Samarasinghe said.
There were no government casualties in either clash, he said.


Updated : 2021-07-26 22:13 GMT+08:00