Dragon stamp sparks criticism in China
BEIJING: A stamp designed to mark China’s upcoming Year of the Dragon is drawing unusual criticism for its fang-bearing monster. Zhang Yihe,a writer,wrote that she was “scared to death” when she first saw the creature. Another writer,Tan Xudong,called it an incomparably ugly dragon-year stamp.”
Its designer,Chen Shaohua,said the dragon should be interpreted as a symbol of China’s rising confidence.
31 killed,13 hurt in Mexico prison fight
CIUDAD VICTORIA: A fight among inmates armed with makeshift knives,clubs and stones left 31 people dead in a prison in the drug-plagued city of Altamira in northern Mexico,authorities said. At least 13 prisoners were wounded.
Landslide kills 25 in Philippines village
Manila: A landslide tore through a small-scale gold mining site in southern Philippines Thursday,killing at least 25 people and burying more than 100,months after officials warned miners that the mountain was guaranteed to crumble. The mountainside in Napnapan village collapsed around 3 am,when most people were asleep,sweeping away some 50 houses and other buildings,officials said.
Taliban execute 15 abducted soldiers
ISLAMABAD: Taliban militants executed 15 kidnapped troops and dumped their bodies on a hilltop in North Waziristan Thursday,officials said,in retaliation for the killing of a militant commander by government forces. The troops were kidnapped on December 23 after dozens of Taliban insurgents overran a fort in Mullazai area in South Waziristan. Officials said efforts had been made to secure their release.
The executions followed the death of a high-ranking Taliban commander Sunday.