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A man has had to have his foot amputated
after his leg became trapped in an escalator in a
shopping mall in Shanghai, local media report.
Firefighters managed to free the 35-year-old
cleaner after the incident on Saturday evening,
local TV reports say.
He was taken to a local hospital but doctors
were unable to save his foot.
Last week a woman died in a similar incident
in Jingzhou, in a department store in the central
province of Hubei, sparking widespread anger.
Footage broadcast on local TV of the latest
incident shows the man slipping on the top
platform of the escalator.
A gap then appears into which his left leg
falls and becomes trapped.
Dozens of bra-wearing men and
women have protested in Hong
Kong after a woman was jailed for
assaulting a senior policeman with
Ng Lai-ying, 30, had accused Chief
Inspector Chan Ka-po of touching
her breast during a protest in
But the court had ruled against
her, saying she deliberately pushed
her breast against him so she could
accuse him of assault.
She was sentenced on Thursday
to three months and 15 days in
Shanghai man loses foot in escalator accident
Hong Kong protest over 'breast as weapon'
MAIDUGURI---Nigeria s military said yes-
terday it had "besieged" Boko Haram posi-
tions in the Islamist militant group s north-
eastern heartland after setting free 178
hostages, mainly women and children.
The ongoing operation has led to the cap-
ture of a Boko Haram commander, according
to the army, while a "large number" of the
extremists have been killed in air strikes.
The hostages were released on Sunday
near Aulari, 40 miles south of Maiduguri,
the capital of Borno state, once a jihadist
"During the offensive operations, 178 peo-
ple held captive by the terrorists were res-
cued. They include 101 children, 67 women
and ten men," military spokesman Colonel
Tukur Gusau said.
The Nigerian military has announced the
release of hundreds of people held by Boko
Haram in recent months, many of them in
the vast Sambisa forest, a longtime bastion
of the Islamist group.
"The military operation... will continue
until the terrorists are totally subdued. For
now, we have besieged the forest and military
operations are going on from different
fronts," army spokesman Colonel Sani
Usman told AFP.
He said the freed hostages were being
screened and processed and would be reunit-
ed with their families after further security
However the soldier was unable to give
any details on the identity or rank of the
Boko Haram commander seized in the oper-
ation to free the hostages, except that the
militant was "undergoing interrogation."
Air strikes on Friday and Saturday hit the
village of Bita on the fringes of the forest
near the Cameroonian border, where Boko
Haram was preparing to launch an offensive,
the military said.
Sunday's rescue came after several attacks
by Boko Haram in recent days. Thirteen
people were killed in an assault on Malari
village about 20 kilometres from Maiduguri.
Local farmer Moha Saleh confirmed the
death toll and said 27 people were wounded
when the Islamists stormed the village.
"They burnt down houses and shops
before they left, yelling Allahu Akbar' (God
is greatest). Our terrorised women and chil-
dren fled into the bush and returned to
Maiduguri this morning," he added. (AFP)
This Thursday, July 31, file photo shows women and children rescued by Nigerian soldiers from Boko
Haram extremists in the northeast of Nigeria arrive at the military office in Maiduguri. AP PHOTO
Local officials in Réunion yesterday were sifting
through reports of new debris found on the island,
a French territory off the east coast of Madagascar,
as scavengers came to the beach looking for other
airplane parts that could have washed up on the
Malaysia Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai iden-
tified the plane piece that washed ashore Wednesday
as part of a Boeing 777, the same model as Flight
370, raising hope it may offer clues to solving the
mysterious disappearance of the jet nearly 17 months
ago. Liow said French authorities, Boeing, and the
US National Transportation Safety Board agreed that
the piece was from a 777.
If the piece is identified as a Boeing 777 part, it
would almost certainly come from Flight 370; only
two other Boeing 777s have ever crashed, and neither
were anywhere near the Indian Ocean.
---The Wall Street Journal
Zimbabwe says it is seeking a second American
over the illegal killing of a lion, as the outcry over
the death of famed animal Cecil continues.
The National Parks and Wildlife Management
Authority said a doctor from Pennsylvania, named
as Jan Casimir Seski, killed a lion in April.
A Zimbabwean landowner has since been arrested,
the agency said.
Cecil was shot illegally in July by US dentist Walter
Palmer of Minnesota. Zimbabwe is seeking his extra-
dition. The Associated Press news agency says Seski
is a gynaecological oncologist who runs the Centre
for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Allegheny
General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
The National Parks authority gave little information
on the new case, but said on Sunday that the killing
of the lion had taken place without a permit. (BBC)
PARIS---The Saudi king s visit to his family s
French Riviera mansion is over after weeks of con-
troversy surrounding the closure of a public beach
during his stay, the top state official in the area
Sub-prefect Philippe Castanet said that the small,
isolated beach was reopened after the departure
Sunday of King Salman following an eight-day stay.
Castanet the king had left as planned.
The king arrived with an entourage of more than
500. Reports put his staff at 1,000, a number not
officially confirmed. Despite complaints about the
closure of the beach, the presence of so many Saudis
was seen as a boon to the region, including nearby
Cannes, where many stayed.
Jean-Noel Falcou, a town councilor in Vallauris
who had mounted a petition against the closure of
the beach, said in a blog post Monday that King
Salman had left for Morocco. (AP)
ISLAMABAD---The death toll from flash
floods triggered by seasonal monsoon
rains in various parts of Pakistan has
risen to 118 and floodwater has inundated
vast areas, leaving tens of thousands
homeless, authorities said yesterday.
The National Disaster Management
Authority said the flooding has affected
more than 800,000 people in 2,275 villages.
About 2,900 houses have collapsed or are
In mid-July, monsoon rains followed by
flash floods badly hit the northwestern
city of Chitral, where flooding destroyed
several bridges, homes, mosques, hotels
and a power station. Pakistan army's engi-
neers repaired damaged bridges in Chitral,
while boats and helicopters evacuated those
Every year, floods triggered by monsoon
rains kill scores of people in Pakistan. (AP)
Women prepare food at a relief camp for the flood affected in Burdwan district of West Bengal state,
India, yesterday. Heavy monsoon rains have killed several people in India in the past week and forced
tens of thousands of people to take shelter in state-run relief camps. AP PHOTO
Boko Haram 'under siege'
...as 178 hostages rescued
More debris found
on Réunion Island
Zimbabwe seeks second
American 'lion killer'
Saudi king leaves France
after holiday controversy
Death toll from
rises to 118
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