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NEW DELHI---Police ar-
rested the New Delhi state
law minister yesterday after
concluding his university
and law degrees were fake
and registration as an attor-
ney in the capital was illegal.
Jitendra Singh Tomar has
said his degrees are real and
he would prove it in court.
Leaders of the Aam Admi
Party, or Common Man
Party, condemned the arrest
of its member and said po-
lice should have waited for a
Tomar faces charges of
cheating, criminal conspir-
acy and forging documents,
said police spokesman Rajan
Bhagat. If convicted, he
could be jailed for up to
According to Bhagat,
Tomar said he obtained a
degree from a university in
Uttar Pradesh state and a
law degree from a university
in Bihar state, but police
found both to be fake.
The Bar Association of
New Delhi registered a po-
lice complaint against
Tomar last month. (AP)
Ferry toll: 434 dead,
JIANLI---Many relatives wept openly as they
arrived Monday at a morgue for a last look at
bodies of loved ones among the more than 430
people killed in the Yangtze River capsizing of
the Eastern Star cruise boat.
One man carried a framed picture inside a
white plastic bag of his relative, as smoke rose
from the morgue's nearby crematorium in the
Hubei Province riverside community of Jianli.
Authorities identified bodies from DNA
samples donated by relatives, who had the
option of a last look at bodies before cremation.
Under Chinese tradition, families will have the
bodies cremated at a local morgue and then
bring the ashes to their home communities for
The death toll in the June 1 disaster near
Jianli stood Monday at 434 following a
thorough search of the now-upright ship over
Eight people are still missing, and authorities
said they would search downriver more than
600 miles as far as Shanghai.
Fourteen people survived the late-evening
capsizing during a severe storm, most of them
by swimming or drifting. Three were pulled out
by divers from the overturned hull the day after
disaster, when rescuers heard yells from within.
Truck carrying 2,200 pigs
overturns on highway
OHIO---A semitrailer carrying 2,200 piglets
overturned on an Ohio highway.
Numerous agencies and volunteers worked to
corral the animals after the crash Monday night
on US Route 35 in Xenia Township, near
Dayton. Crews picked up the squealing pigs by
their hind legs. They were taken to Greene
County Fairgrounds. Authorities say 300-400
pigs were killed. They say some of the animals
ran into a nearby wooded area.
Authorities say the driver of the semitrailer
lost control and slammed into a guardrail. He
was not hurt.
A female passenger was taken to a hospital
with minor injuries. The truck was travelling
from South Carolina to Indiana. (AP)
Thieves steal crates
of perfume in Paris
PARIS---Police say that about five people
broke into a freight warehouse for Charles de
Gaulle airport outside Paris and stole crates of
perfume, packing them into a truck and fleeing.
A Paris region police official said yesterday
that no one was injured in the theft late
Monday, which occurred during a delivery. The
suspects are still at large.
The official, who was not authorised to be
publicly named, did not have an estimate of the
value of the perfume.
The airport freight zone is occasionally
targeted by thieves seeking duty-free perfume
and other valuables. (AP)
Obama 'absolutely confident'
ISIS can be beaten
GERMANY---President Barack Obama says it
will take time but Islamic State militants will
ultimately be defeated and driven out of Iraq.
Obama says the challenges remain significant
in Iraq, where the IS group controls large swaths
of territory and recently took the key city of
But the president adds that success against
the militants will ultimately depend on an
effective international coalition backing Prime
Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Obama says he's "absolutely confident we will
succeed" if the international coalition supports
Abadi and the prime minister has a government
that represents everyone.
Abadi thanked Obama and leaders from the
Group of Seven wealthy democracies for their
support. He also expressed confidence in
ultimate victory. (AP)
curfew for women
BANDA ACEH---The capital of Indonesia's
devout Aceh province has imposed a partial
curfew for women that it says will reduce sexual
violence but which critics say is discriminatory.
Banda Aceh Mayor Illiza Sa'aduddin Djamal
ordered venues including restaurants, sport
centres, Internet cafes and tourist attractions to
not serve women after 11 pm unless
accompanied by their husbands or other male
The directive, dated June 4, also prohibits
women from working in such establishments
after 11 pm.
Djamal said employing women until late at
night constitutes exploitation and makes them
vulnerable to sexual harassment.
"We have studied the matter thoroughly and
this is in line with the labour laws," Djamal said.
"Our aim is to protect women employees,
especially those working at entertainment
SEOUL---South Korea believes its
MERS virus outbreak may have
peaked, and experts say the next sev-
eral days will be critical to determining
whether the government s belated
efforts have successfully stymied a
disease that has killed seven people
and infected nearly 100 in the coun-
try.The biggest outbreak of Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome outside the
region where it was first seen in 2012
was introduced to South Korea last
month by a 68-year-old man who had
travelled to Saudi Arabia and other
When he got sick after his return to
South Korea, he visited several hospitals
and clinics, where dozens of other
patients and hospital workers were
infected before officials found he had
MERS. Gradually, the government began
isolating victims and quarantining those
who d had contact with them.
There has been widespread fear here
of the poorly understood disease, which
has no vaccine and as much as a 40
per cent mortality rate.
Nearly 3,000 people have been placed
in isolation and 2,200 schools closed
in South Korea.
The outbreak, however, has so far
been contained in hospitals and there s
no evidence, the UN health agency says,
of "sustained transmission in the com-
Because the virus incubation period
is estimated at five to six days on aver-
age, extending up to about two weeks,
experts believe there won t be any more
cases directly infected by the first
The Health Ministry said that no
more MERS cases have originated from
St Mary s Hospital.
There are still concerns about Sam-
sung Medical Center, where at least 37
people have been infected, although
fewer cases have been reported there
in recent days. (AP)
Minister arrested for fake degree
virus has peaked
After 7 deaths, panic...
Residents take away their household items as demolition crew continue to
tear down their homes for the second straight day yesterday at suburban
Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines. More than 1,000 families were
earmarked for demolition with only a few remaining defiant as the
government enforced the eviction to pave the way for the widening of a
road leading to northern parts of the main island of Luzon. AP PHOTO
Argentine mulls making
street harassment crime
BUENOS AIRES---When she left her house
each day, Aixa Rizzo would brace for a barrage
of sexually laden comments from male
electricians working on a project in her
Frustrated by something all too common in
this South American country of 41 million, Rizzo
in April posted a video on YouTube about her
experience. She argued that verbal assaults
could lead to physical abuse.
The video, seen by half a million people,
touched a nerve, turning Rizzo's campaign into a
cause celebre and prompting lawmakers to draft
legislation that would make such street
harassment a crime. A vote is expected within a
The moves come amid a national campaign
protesting physical attacks against women.
Tens of thousands of Argentines took to the
streets last week in a march dubbed "ni una
menos," meaning not one more woman lost to
gender violence. (AP)
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