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World
    2015-01-21  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    1. Japan approves record military budget

    Japan’s Cabinet* approved the country’s largest ever defense budget* on January 14.

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet endorsed* a nearly 5 trillion yen (US$42 billion) defense budget for the year beginning in April as part of a record 96.3 trillion yen total budget.

    The budget must still be approved by parliament, but Abe’s coalition* holds majorities in both houses.

    2. U.S. man ‘planned to kill’ House speaker

    A bartender* plotted to murder U.S. House Speaker John Boehner after hearing voices in his head telling him that the senior lawmaker was “the devil,” U.S. media reported on January 13.

    Boehner’s former bartender Michael Hoyt once made plans to slip poison into the House speaker’s drink, or shoot him and drive away, authorities said.

    Among the reasons driving the alleged assassination plot: Hoyt heard voices that told him Boehner was evil. He thought the Ohio Republican was the devil. He blamed Boehner for the Ebola outbreak. And he thought the speaker was mean to him.

    3. Al-Qaida branch claims responsibility

    Yemen’s al-Qaida branch on January 14 claimed responsibility for last week’s deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo, with one of its top commanders saying the assault was in revenge for the weekly’s publications of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, considered an insult in Islam.

    The claim came in a video posting by Nasr al-Ansi, a top commander of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP as the branch is known, which appeared on the group’s Twitter account.

    4. 20 Mexican state officials probed

    At least 20 state officials in Mexico are under investigation in the cover-up* of threats and torture of witnesses to alleged extrajudicial* killings by soldiers last year, authorities said on January 14.

    State attorney for Mexico state, Alejandro Gomez, said the officials under investigation include prosecutors, investigators and state police.

    On June 30, soldiers killed 22 alleged gang members at a warehouse* in Tlatlaya. The army first said they died during a shootout*, but it was discovered that some were executed.

    5. EU warned to link to Turkey pipeline

    Russia’s Gazprom giant on January 14 urged the European Union (EU) to link up to its planned energy pipeline* to Turkey or lose the gas that now transits Ukraine.

    Gazprom chief Alexei Miller reminded the new European commissioner for energy union, Maros Sefcovic, that the South Stream project to deliver gas to Europe through Ukraine has been scrapped.

    Hence, “the Turkish Stream is the only route along which 63 billion cubic meters of Russian gas can be supplied, which at present transit Ukraine. There are no other options,” he said.

    6. 2 police shot in Canada

    Two police officers were wounded in a shooting in Canada’s province of Alberta on Saturday, and the suspect was found dead after a manhunt*, police said.

    The two police officers had spotted a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a casino* in the city of St. Albert, northwest of Edmonton, before they were shot inside the casino, said Marlin Degrand from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The suspected shooter was a man of about 30 who fled before being pursued to an empty residence nearby.

    7. 2 dead, 1 wounded in U.S. mall shooting

    A Florida man had “several pockets full of ammunition*” when he targeted his wife in a shooting on Saturday morning that killed two people at a mall food court where the woman worked, U.S. police said.

    Authorities said the shooting happened about a half hour before the mall was to open to customers. Jose Garcia-Rodriguez, 57, of Palm Bay, died at a hospital following an apparent self-inflicted* gunshot wound at Melbourne Square Mall, said Cmdr. Vince Pryce of Melbourne Police.(SD-Agencies)

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