Tuesday 12 December 2017

In brief: Pensioner murder charges dropped

A 98-year-old man who was accused of trying to murder two police officers in Perthshire, Scotland, has had the charges against him dropped.

Sylvester Nowak had initially faced two charges of attempted murder after an alleged incident involving two female officers. The charges had been reduced to assault before being dropped at Perth Sheriff Court.

Turtles in runway dash delay flights

Flights at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York were briefly delayed on Wednesday when about 150 diamondback terrapin turtles were spotted crossing a runway.

US officials say the reptiles were trying to get to the other side of the runway to lay eggs on the sandy shores of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, which borders the airport.

Fake army officer jailed in US scam

A California man who conned Chinese immigrants into joining his fake US Army unit has been sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to counterfeiting and other charges.

Yupeng Deng called himself "Supreme Commander" and promised recruits their time in his squad was a path to US citizenship.

Ladyboys having identity crisis

Thailand's ladyboy community have complained they have been marginalised in the run-up to next week's general election because their ID card pictures are too confusing for polling officials.

It is the latest in a series of gripes among members of the Trans-Female Association of Thailand.

Sumos barred from golf courses

Japan's sumo giants have been banned from playing golf and ordered to strictly obey traffic laws as the country's ancient sport gears up for its formal return from a damaging bout-fixing scandal.

Sumo officials are turning the screw after being given the government's go-ahead to hold its first tournament since 25 wrestlers and trainers were fired.

Cameroon bans transport at night

Cameroon has prohibited night-time public transport between cities after a spate of fatal accidents last year on the country's infamously poor roads, many of which were attributed to heavy drinking.

"Night traffic represents just about 5pc of human transport but 35pc of accidents," said transport official Aoudou Dotel Moussa.

Irish Independent

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