Police say 20 shot dead in clash
At least 20 people died when police opened fire on alleged sandalwood smugglers in the state of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, a local police chief said. Deputy Inspector General M. Kantha Rao said his officers had opened fire “in self-defense” after challenging a group of over 100 suspected smugglers in a remote forest.
Landmine deaths rise sharply
Cambodia recorded 154 landmine casualties in 2014, a 39 percent rise compared with 2013, according to the latest government report on Tuesday. Despite the increase in casualties, the number of fatalities declined to 21 last year, down from 22 a year earlier, according to the Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority.
Rebels kill eight border guards
Eight Iranian border guards have been killed in a clash with Sunni rebels who had infiltrated from neighboring Pakistan, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday. Sunni militant group Jaish-ul Adl said its fighters carried out the incursion in Negur district on Monday night, Iranian media reported. The clash was the deadliest since October 2013.
6 suspects held in university deaths
A Nairobi court on Tuesday ordered five Kenyans and a Tanzanian to be detained for 30 days while police investigate their possible connections to last week’s university massacre. The court agreed to state lawyers’ request for the extended detention, which usually is 24 hours. The Tanzanian suspect is still being held in the northeastern town of Garissa, where the massacre of 148 people took place.
Access to refugee camp demanded
The UN Security Council on Monday demanded access for lifesaving humanitarian aid to reach refugees in Syria’s Yarmuk camp after it was partly seized by the Islamic State. After a closed-door council meeting, there was deep concern over the “grave situation” for the 18,000 refugees in the camp.
Protesters clash with officers
Opposition protesters clashed with police and set vehicles on fire in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, on Tuesday. The alliance of 30 opposition parties is demanding the Himalayan nation’s new constitution draft be passed by a national consensus. The ruling coalition has been attempting to get the draft approved through a vote in parliament after negotiations with the opposition failed.
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(China Daily 04/08/2015 page12)