Oktovianus Warnares gathered with five other men outside a government building on the picturesque island of Biak, just off the coast of the Indonesian province of Papua.
It was May 1, 2013, the 50th anniversary of Indonesia assuming control of Papua from the United Nations. Warnares and his crew had gathered to raise the outlawed Morning Star flag of independence to protest against the rule of Jakarta – a distant city not only in kilometres but ethnicity and religion. Warnares estimates... […]
Mongolian sumo champions involved in brutal drunken brawl
Police in Japan have launched an inquiry into claims sumo grand champion Harumafuji assaulted fellow Mongolian competitor Takanoiwa during a drunken brawl in October that left the victim with serious injuries and unable to compete. Harumafuji was drinking with about 10 other sumo wrestlers in Tottori, western Japan, when he hit Takanoiwa with a beer bottle for looking at his smartphone while he was being scolded for his behaviour.... […]
At 11.30pm on June 1, Zulkarnain Idros, a 53-year-old taxi driver, received a phone call.
It was an officer from the National Defence University of Malaysia (UPNM) – the military college where his eldest son, Zulfarhan Osman, 21, was attending, hoping to obtain a Navy commission.
“Your son has died,” he told Zulkarnain.
There was a long pause.
“He was burnt to death.”
When Hawa Osman, Zulkarnain’s 54-year-old wife, heard the news... […]