Indonesian mob kills man after school knife attack
A man who attacked a group of school children with a knife in eastern Indonesia yesterday has died after an angry mob beat him to death inside his jail cell, police said. Seven children were injured after a man went on a stabbing spree inside a primary school on Savu, a small island in East Nusa Tenggara province. The 32-year-old attacker tried to flee but was caught and taken to a police station, said local officer Silfeston, who like many Indonesians goes by just one name. But once there hundreds of locals, furious at news of the attack, rushed to the station, forcing their way past police and into the cell where the man was being held. “The suspect was tortured by the mob and died,” Silfeston said. Footage aired on local broadcasters showed dozens of shouting men pushing past police and climbing over walls at the station.
China offered its sternest rebuke yet to Donald Trump, saying anyone who challenges Beijing’s interests in Taiwan will “lift a rock only to crush his own toes”. “If he tries to sabotage the One China policy or harm China’s core interests, ultimately he will lift a rock only to crush his own toes,” Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said Monday in Switzerland according to comments posted on the ministry’s web site. China is closely monitoring developments, he said, issuing a warning against “any person or force in the world” looking to play tough with Beijing on Taiwan. The comments come after Trump said he could jettison Washington’s decades-old “One China policy”-a diplomatic dodge allowing the US to simultaneously do business with Beijing and Taipei. Yesterday Chinese media sent another fusillade toward the “presumptuous and ill-guided” president-elect, slamming his approach to Taiwan as a recipe for disaster.
4 kids killed in Middle Tennessee house fire
Four children under the age of 10 were killed and another child and an adult were injured when a home in Middle Tennessee caught fire early Monday, a fire official said. Springfield Fire Chief Jimmy Hamill said firefighters arrived within four minutes of getting the call at 3:34 am to find heavy fire coming from the front of the house in Springfield. Crews fought their way into the small home to search for survivors and knocked the blaze down quickly, but found four children, ages 4, 7, 8 and 9, dead near the back of the house. Hamill says the children’s father and a female child were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He said the father was in very critical condition. He didn’t have information on the child’s condition. Hamill said the mother and two other children escaped unharmed. A neighbor, Ricardo Morales, told The Tennessean that his wife was woken by screams coming from the home. “She looked out the window and saw the flames,” Morales said in an interview translated from Spanish.
Nearly 2.2 million Yemeni children are acutely malnourished, victims of the near-collapse of the health care system during two years of escalating conflict, UN children’s fund UNICEF said yesterday. At least 462,000 are suffering from severe acute malnutrition, as food supplies have been disrupted by the devastating war between the Saudi-backed government and Shiite rebels, the agency said. Saada province, a rebel bastion in the far north, has the world’s highest stunting rate among children with eight out of 10 children affected in some areas, it added. “Malnutrition in Yemen is at an all-time high and increasing,” said UNICEF’s acting country representative, Meritxell Relano. “The state of health of children in the Middle East’s poorest country has never been as catastrophic as it is today.”
BEIJING: A man reads a newspaper with the headline of ‘US President-elect Donald Trump delivers a mighty shock to America’ at a news stand in Beijing. — AP China warns Trump of ‘crushing his own toes’
ADEN: Soldiers and locals gather by the bodies of soldiers killed by a suicide bomber, at a base in the southern city of Aden, Yemen. —AP 2.2 million Yemen children acutely malnourished: UN