17 killed in Afghan military copter crash
KANDAHAR (Afghanistan) • An Afghan military helicopter crashed yesterday, killing all 17 on board, officials said, in a blow to a fledgling air force whose resources have been stretched since the withdrawal of most international forces last year.
Afghan troops have been battling a growing insurgency since the start of the year.
Taleban insurgents claimed their fighters shot down the helicopter, but a government official blamed a technical failure for the crash, just hours after a Taleban suicide bomb attack on an Afghan special forces compound killed six people.
Indonesia's NU re-elects chairman
JAKARTA • Said Agil Siradj has been re-elected to lead Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), until 2020.
He is set to focus on a social agenda during his leadership. "I want NU to focus on education, health and democratic economy," The Jakarta Post quoted him as saying.
Green 'hats of shame' for jaywalkers
SHENZHEN • Police in one Chinese city have come up with a novel way of tackling jaywalkers - making them wear green hats while helping to direct traffic, the BBC reported, citing Chinese media.
But officers in Shenzhen, who began the new initiative this month, have been facing some resistance to the colour of the headgear as the expression "wearing a green hat" in Chinese culture signifies that a man's wife or girlfriend has cheated on him.