Monday, December 11, 2017
News Roundup

Thousands of dead pigs float down river in China

China

Thousands of dead pigs float down river

More than 2,800 dead pigs have been found in a major river that flows through Shanghai, igniting fears among city residents of contaminated tap water, according to Chinese state news media reports Monday. Shanghai authorities said they believed the pigs came from neighboring Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces and had been dumped in the Huangpu River after they died. More than 20,000 pigs are reported to have died this year in Zhejiang alone, where a pig breeding facility is located. According to environmentalists, it is illegal for farmers to dump dead animals in the river, but the practice remains common.

India

Family believes rape suspect was killed in his jail cell

The family of a suspect in a fatal gang rape in New Delhi in December who was found dead Monday in his jail cell said they believed he was killed. The man, Ram Singh, was accused of being the driver of a bus in which a 23-year-old woman was beaten and raped. The woman suffered severe internal injuries from being sexually assaulted with an iron rod. Singh, 33, the alleged leader of the gang, was found hanging from a bedsheet rope suspended from a ceiling grill, jail officials said. They said an investigation was under way. Singh's family members and his lawyer said that he would not have been able to tie a noose, because his right arm had been seriously damaged in a bus accident. Singh had been among five men charged in the attack, which horrified Indians and set off national protests. A sixth accused is being tried and jailed separately because he is a juvenile.

Elsewhere

Falkland Islands: Falkland Islands voters decided by an overwhelming 99.8 percent margin Monday to keep their government the way it is: a British Overseas Territory. Elections officials reported a 92 percent turnout among about 1,650 eligible to vote in the referendum, which was aimed at showing that their self-determination must be considered in any discussion about the future of the remote South Atlantic islands that are claimed by Britain and Argentina.

Israel: A U.N. report suggested that a Palestinian infant who died in the fighting in Gaza in November may have been killed by an errant Palestinian rocket rather than an Israeli airstrike as was believed at the time.

Iraq: Al-Qaida's Iraq branch claimed responsibility Monday for the deaths of 51 Syrian soldiers and nine Iraqis killed in a massacre western Iraq last week.

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