Asia/Ocea­nia

The New Zealand Herald - - WORLD BRIEFING -

For a stow­away who made a 16km jour­ney squeezed in the wheel arch, a koala was lucky to es­cape with just scratches. The driver of the 4WD ve­hi­cle was un­aware of the ex­tra pas­sen­ger un­til they ar­rived at their des­ti­na­tion in the out­skirts of Ade­laide, Aus­tralia. Af­ter see­ing the koala in the wheel arch, he im­me­di­ately called an­i­mal res­cuers, who re­moved the wheel and ex­tri­cated the fright­ened but very lucky an­i­mal. The koala suf­fered su­per­fi­cial in­juries. She was re­leased into the wild on Saturday.

Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte asked Chito Gas­con, the head of the coun­try’s Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights, if he was a pe­dophile for fo­cus­ing on the killing of teenagers in the Gov­ern­ment’s bloody war on drugs. Duterte also sug­gested to law­mak­ers us­ing CHR’s pro­posed 678 mil­lion pe­sos (US$16.5m) bud­get to buy the po­lice body cam­eras if they don’t want to re­store fund­ing for the agency, which he has clashed with re­peat­edly over his anti-drugs cam­paign.

Seven boys have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with a deadly fire that killed 23 peo­ple in the sleep­ing quar­ters of an Is­lamic board­ing school in Kuala Lumpur, po­lice chief Amar Singh con­firmed. The sus­pects were aged be­tween 11 and 18. The ar­rests were made based on CCTV footage that had been pro­vided to the po­lice. None of the boys were pupils at the school but the seven boys were in­volved in a stand-off with pupils from the school a few days be­fore the in­ci­dent.

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