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Ban­dit leaves cheeky clue for Aus­tralian de­tec­tives

SYD­NEY: Aus­tralian de­tec­tives have been left with a cheeky clue af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that a large print on a glass door at a crime scene came from some­one’s bare but­tocks. Po­lice in Vic­to­ria state be­lieve the “bum ban­dit” was with two oth­ers when they did the “full moon” dur­ing a break-in at a com­mu­nity cen­tre in the city of Wodonga over the week­end. “I’ve never seen any­one’s bum print turn up at a crime scene,” De­tec­tive Sergeant Graeme Simpfendor­fer said yes­ter­day. “The crime scene of­fi­cer who was dust­ing for prints... with ev­ery stroke, he was think­ing, ‘what have we got here? ’“He came and told us and just said, ‘I’ve got a butt print. It’s cer­tainly not just from a pair of jeans or track­suit pants. This guy’s pants down.’ “It was quite ob­vi­ous to him and when we looked at it, it’s ob­vi­ously quite clear that he’s ac­tu­ally gone the full moon.” Simpfendor­fer said the trio, be­lieved to be aged in their late teens or early 20s, stole a tele­vi­sion and sprayed a fire ex­tin­guisher around the cen­tre.

Pales­tinian wield­ing knife shot dead at a check­point

JERUSALEM: A Pales­tinian was shot dead at a West Bank check­point yes­ter­day af­ter walk­ing to­wards guards with a knife in his hand, Is­raeli po­lice said. “A Pales­tinian at­tempted to cross the check­point us­ing the ve­hi­cle lane and ap­proached se­cu­rity guards bran­dish­ing a knife,” po­lice spokes­woman Luba Samri said in a state­ment. “The ter­ror­ist was neu­tral­ized,” she added, later con­firm­ing he had been killed. There were no Is­raeli ca­su­al­ties. Pales­tinian se­cu­rity sources iden­ti­fied the dead man as Ji­had Khalil, 48, from near Nablus in the north­ern West Bank. The in­ci­dent hap­pened at the Qa­lan­dia check­point be­tween the north­ern West Bank and Jerusalem, which is used by thou­sands of Pales­tini­ans ev­ery day. The heav­ily for­ti­fied check­point is a hated sym­bol of Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion for Pales­tini­ans and has seen a num­ber of at­tacks dur­ing an up­surge of vi­o­lence over the past year. Since Oc­to­ber 2015, 240 Pales­tini­ans, 36 Is­raelis, two Amer­i­cans, a Jor­da­nian, an Eritrean and a Su­danese have been killed, ac­cord­ing to an AFP count.

19 killed as Ye­meni govt forces and rebels clash

ADEN: Re­newed clashes be­tween Ye­meni govern­ment forces and rebels killed 19 peo­ple yes­ter­day, mil­i­tary of­fi­cials said a day af­ter a frag­ile 48-hour cease­fire ex­pired with­out halt­ing the vi­o­lence. Forces loyal to Pres­i­dent Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi re­pelled an at­tack by Shi­ite Houthi rebels and their al­lies on the out­skirts of Taez city in the south­west, the of­fi­cials said. The at­tack that be­gan late on Mon­day tar­geted the Al-Dhabab area, which pro­vides pro-Hadi forces with their only ac­cess to the flash­point city that is sur­rounded by in­sur­gents. War­planes from the Saudi-led Arab coali­tion took part in de­fen­sive op­er­a­tions and re­pelling the at­tack, of­fi­cials said. Eleven rebels and five govern­ment sol­diers were killed, they added. Mean­while, three sol­diers were killed and four wounded late Mon­day by rebel sniper fire in the area of the north­west­ern coastal town of Midi, a mil­i­tary of­fi­cial said. The Houthis have been try­ing to ad­vance on Midi’s har­bor, which is con­trolled by pro-Hadi forces, the of­fi­cial said.

Su­dan pro­test­ers face trial over fuel de­mos

KHAR­TOUM: Eight peo­ple ar­rested in Su­dan for al­legedly protest­ing against a govern­ment de­ci­sion to raise fuel prices went on trial in the cap­i­tal yes­ter­day. They were among 26 sus­pected pro­test­ers in­clud­ing 12 women de­tained over the past two days af­ter small ral­lies in Khar­toum were swiftly dis­persed by riot po­lice­men. An AFP cor­re­spon­dent in court cited pros­e­cu­tors as say­ing that the re­main­ing 18 de­fen­dants would ap­pear in court over the next few days. All 26 have been charged with dis­turb­ing the peace. Pro­test­ers have staged small demon­stra­tions over the past few days af­ter the govern­ment hiked the prices of petrol and diesel by about 30 per­cent. Sev­eral op­po­si­tion politi­cians and ac­tivists have also been ar­rested for call­ing for anti-govern­ment demon­stra­tions af­ter the price rises. The au­thor­i­ties are seek­ing to pre­vent a re­peat of two months of protests in 2013 that re­sulted in a deadly crack­down that rights groups say killed 200 peo­ple. Four dead, four miss­ing as land­slides hit N Cale­do­nia

NOUMEA: Four peo­ple-in­clud­ing two chil­dren-are dead and four miss­ing af­ter tor­ren­tial rain trig­gered land­slides on the French over­seas ter­ri­tory of New Cale­do­nia in the South Pa­cific, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day. Rain has been bat­ter­ing the re­mote is­lands since the week­end, spark­ing two mud­slides in the Houailou area, around 235 kilo­me­ters north­west of the cap­i­tal Noumea yes­ter­day. The body of an eight-year-old girl was re­cov­ered in moun­tain­ous Gouareu, one of two re­mote com­mu­ni­ties hardest hit by the dis­as­ter. Her in­jured mother was evac­u­ated and was in a “sta­ble con­di­tion”, of­fi­cials said. A seven-year-old child and a woman in her 30s were also found dead in a nearby area. The fourth vic­tim was a 60-year-old woman whose body was dis­cov­ered in Gouareu. Res­cuers, in­clud­ing an army med­i­cal team and 30 sol­diers, have been de­ployed to search for those still miss­ing. All roads, elec­tri­cal sup­plies and tele­phone lines to the area have been cut off and poor weather is ham­per­ing res­cue ef­forts.

Is­raeli sol­diers and foren­sics move the body of a Pales­tinian man who was shot and killed at Qa­lan­dia check­point, near Jerusalem yes­ter­day. — AP

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