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BANGLADESH---An argument about a
popular TV drama in Bangladesh erupted
into a mass brawl involving hundreds of
people, with 15 people badly injured, police
Villagers in Habiganj district had
gathered in a cafe to watch Indian-made
Bengali fantasy drama Kiranmala.
But when two men disagreed about the
plot, others took sides and soon hundreds
of people were fighting with sticks and
Police used tear gas and rubber bullets
to disperse the crowd.
Kiranmala, a sci-fi drama about a warrior
princess who saves mankind from evil, is
wildly popular in Bangladesh.
Local police chief Yasinul Haque said the
brawl began on Wednesday night and
continued into Thursday morning.
Despite being made in India, Kiranmala is
the most popular TV drama in Bangladesh
in recent years, and is widely watched.
Mass brawl over TV soap Kiranmala
TRUMP LAID BARE
Aussie PM pays
price for handout
They say no good deed goes unpunished.
And so it was when Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull
gave A$5 (£3) to a beggar on a Melbourne street.
On his way to give a major economic speech on Thursday,
Turnbull stopped to shake the man s hand and slip some money
into his coffee cup. But this minor act of generosity quickly
turned into a major talking point on social media, where people
were keen to criticise the PM from multiple angles.
Some saw Turnbull as stingy. He is a wealthy man and the
five-dollar note was plucked from a substantial wad of cash.
But on the other hand, he was also criticised for giving money
at all. Melbourne s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said giving to
beggars helped feed drug habits and entrench poverty, and sug-
gested Turnbull give to a charity instead.
Still more people suggested that the PM was cynically playing
up his generosity for the cameras.
Turnbull responded to the beggar backlash yesterday.
"I felt sorry for the guy," he told Melbourne radio station 3AW.
"It was a human reaction and I m sorry if that has disappointed
UNITED NATIONS---The United
Nations is saying for the first time that
it was involved in the introduction of
cholera to Haiti and needs to do "much
more" to end the suffering of those
affected, estimated at more than
Researchers say there is ample evi-
dence that cholera was introduced to
Haiti s biggest river in October 2010 by
inadequately treated sewage from a UN
peacekeeping base. The United Nations
has never accepted responsibility, and
has answered lawsuits on behalf of vic-
tims in US courts by claiming diplomatic
"This is a major victory for the thou-
sands of Haitians who have been march-
ing for justice, writing to the UN and
bringing the UN to court," said Mario
Joseph, a Haitian human rights attorney
whose law firm has led a high-profile
claim on behalf of 5,000 cholera victims
who blame the UN for introducing the
In a decision issued late Thursday, a
US federal appeals panel in New York
upheld immunity for the UN and
affirmed a lower court s 2015 judgment
dismissing that case. Cholera victims
and their lawyers have 90 days to decide
if they will seek an appeal with the US
The ruling came shortly after UN
deputy spokesman Farhan Haq referred
to the United Nations "own involve-
ment" in the introduction of cholera to
His statement on UN involvement
was first reported by The New York
Five UN human rights experts crit-
icized the United Nations in a letter to
top UN officials late last year for its
"effective denial of the fundamental
right of the victims of cholera to jus-
At least one lawsuit was dismissed
because of the UN s diplomatic immu-
According to government figures,
cholera has sickened more than 800,000
people, or about seven per cent of Haiti s
population, and has killed more than
9,200. As of March, it was killing an
average of 37 people a month. (AP)
Indian forces block
roads in Kashmir
blocked roads with barbed wire and
steel barricades in Indian-controlled
Kashmir yesterday to prevent a march
by separatists to a village where
troops killed four civilians and injured
15 others earlier this week.
Tens of thousands of government
forces patrolled the disputed region
where a strict curfew and a series of
communication blackouts have failed
to stop six weeks of anti-India
protests, even as residents have
struggled to cope with shortages of
food, medicine and other necessities.
Shops, businesses and schools were
closed because of the security
lockdown and protest strikes since the
killing of a popular rebel commander
on July 8 that sparked some of
Kashmir's largest protests against
Indian rule in recent years.
Local volunteers have engaged in a
massive effort to get food and
medicine to people in besieged
neighbourhoods, delivering items
mostly at night. The volunteers have
also run free community kitchens at
almost all major hospitals in Srinagar
and other towns for the injured and
their attendants. (AP)
25 years since
failed Soviet coup
MOSCOW---Few Russians were
marking yesterday's 25th anniversary
of a coup attempt which heralded the
demise of the Soviet Union, a holiday
ignored in official circles because of its
On August 19, 1991, eight hard-line
Communist leaders seized power from
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev,
declaring him ill. In fact, Gorbachev was
under arrest. Thousands of Muscovites
took to the streets to protest against
the coup and the clout of the powerful
The defeat of the coup, which came
several days later, setting in motion
the dissolution of the Soviet Union, is
widely regarded as a triumph of
democracy and civil liberties in Russia.
Those who opposed the coup 25
years ago planned to gather later on
Friday outside the Russian White
House---a massive government
building where Boris Yeltsin, at the
time the president of the Russian
constituent republic within the Soviet
Union, famously climbed atop a tank to
defy the coup in possibly the most
cinematic moment of the August
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gives A$5 to a
beggar in Melbourne.
People photograph a naked statue of Donald Trump that was left in Union
Square Park in New York, yesterday. REUTERS PHOTO
UN: We're involved
in Haiti cholera
Kiranmala, a sci-fi Bengali TV
drama, is wildly popular in
for 'robbery' saga
US swimmer Ryan Lochte has apologised for his behaviour
in Rio and "for not being more careful and candid."
The gold medallist had claimed that he and a group of fellow
US swimmers had been robbed at a petrol station.
But CCTV footage contradicted that story, showing the men
had vandalised the petrol station after partying.
Lochte tweeted: "I should have been much more responsible
in how I handled myself and for that I am sorry."
He said he had waited to issue the statement until it was clear
that his teammates would be returning to the US.
Lochte had already left Brazil when the saga blew up but two
other swimmers. Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, were pulled
off a flight in Rio and questioned by police over their version
of events before being allowed to leave.
Their teammate Jimmy Feigen was briefly detained and has
now agreed to pay nearly US$11,000 to a Brazilian charity over
his involvement in the dispute.
Lochte, 32, wrote: "I am very proud to represent my country
in Olympic competition and this was a situation that could and
should have been avoided. I accept responsibility for my role
in this happening and have learned some valuable lessons."
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