In­done­sian po­lice say 32 dead, 1 miss­ing in Pa­pua at­tacks


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JAYAPURA, IN­DONE­SIA—SE­CU­RITY forces tried to re­cover the bod­ies of 31 con­struc­tion work­ers and a sol­dier who were killed in one of the worst sep­a­ratist at­tacks in In­done­sia’s restive prov­ince of Pa­pua, of­fi­cials said Tues­day.

Pa­pua po­lice spokesper­son Suryadi Diaz said 24 work­ers were killed Sun­day when gun­men stormed a gov­ern­ment bridge con­struc­tion pro­ject in a re­mote moun­tain­ous vil­lage in Nduga district. A vis­i­tor to the Thyssen-borne­misza Mu­seum views “Rue St.-honore, Apres-midi, Ef­fet de Pluie” painted by Camille Pis­sarro in 1897. A court case to de­ter­mine the right­ful owner of the paint­ing is about to get un­der­way. Am­bu­lances evac­u­ate the bod­ies of con­struc­tion work­ers shot dead, in Wamena in Pa­pua prov­ince.

Eight other work­ers fled to the nearby house of a lo­cal par­lia­ment mem­ber, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them, Diaz said, cit­ing re­ports from sev­eral wit­nesses. The eighth man­aged to es­cape.

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launched by the armed crim­i­nal group re­cently amid in­ten­si­fied devel­op­ment by the gov­ern­ment,” Diaz told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

In­done­sia’s gov­ern­ment, which for decades had a pol­icy of send­ing Ja­vanese and other In­done­sians to set­tle in Pa­pua, is now try­ing to spur eco­nomic devel­op­ment to dampen the sep­a­ratist move­ment.

Diaz said se­cu­rity forces were try­ing to re­cover all 31 bod­ies, but they were scat­tered and guarded by gun­men in the district, a strong­hold of sep­a­ratists who have bat­tled In­done­sian rule in the im­pov­er­ished re­gion for nearly 50 years. IS­TAN­BUL—TURKEY’S of­fi­cial news agency says three mi­grants have been found frozen to death in west­ern Turkey.

Anadolu said on Tues­day three bod­ies were found sep­a­rately in three vil­lages in the west­ern Edirne prov­ince, bor­der­ing Greece. One vic­tim was an Afghan na­tional while the oth­ers re­main uniden­ti­fied. First ex­am­i­na­tions re­vealed that they had frozen to death.

An Afghan mi­grant caught by au­thor­i­ties said Greece was send­ing back illegal mi­grants via small boats.

Three mi­grants found frozen to death in Turkey

Rome—ital­ian au­thor­i­ties said Tues­day they had dis­man­tled the re­built up­per ech­e­lons of the Mafia in the Si­cil­ian cap­i­tal by ar­rest­ing 46 peo­ple, in­clud­ing the man pre­sumed to have taken over as pro­vin­cial king­pin af­ter the death of “boss of bosses” Sal­va­tore “Toto” Ri­ina. Based on wire­taps, po­lice de­ter­mined that Set­timo Mi­neo was elected head of a re­con­structed “cupola,” or pro­vin­cial mob com­mis­sion, dur­ing WASH­ING­TON—THE na­tion’s cap­i­tal em­braced Ge­orge H.W. Bush in death with solemn cer­e­mony and high trib­utes to his ser­vice and de­cency, as the re­mains of the 41st pres­i­dent took their place in the Capi­tol Ro­tunda for three days of mourn­ing and praise by the po­lit­i­cal elite and every­day cit­i­zens alike.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic lined up be­fore sun­rise to pay their re­spects as an hon­our guard stood watch in the cav­ernous Ro­tunda, open un­til Wed­nes­day’s fu­neral. Set­timo Mi­neo, who al­legedly took over as the Palermo head of Cosa Nos­tra, is es­corted by Ital­ian Cara­binieri po­lice af­ter an anti-mafia op­er­a­tion.

a May 29 meet­ing of clan lead­ers in Palermo. BEIRUT—THE par­ents of Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist Austin Tice, who went miss­ing in Syria in 2012, said Tues­day they’re hope­ful the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion will work on re­leas­ing their son.

Marc and De­bra Tice told re­porters in Beirut that they have met U.S. of­fi­cials in­clud­ing U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and “they have each made a com­mit­ment to us that they’re de­ter­mined to bring Austin home safely.”

Ar­rests dis­man­tle up­per ranks of Si­cil­ian mob

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