News in Brief

Off-duty guard allegedly killed mom’s caregiver

A man in his fifties who works as a security guard was arrested Thursday night for allegedly shooting and killing his mother’s foreign caregiver in Ashkelon. The motive is unknown. This is the second time in 10 days that a security guard has been arrested for allegedly killing a woman while off-duty. Preliminary investigations showed that the man, who shared an apartment with his wife, mother and the caregiver, called the police and told them that he had shot the woman, who was in her forties. Police arrested the man and confiscated his weapon. Police later determined that the suspect possessed a legal permit for the weapon. ‏(Yanir Yagna‏)

Teen’s body found at Alfei Menashe school; findings suggest suicide

A 14-year-old was found dead in a schoolyard in the West Bank settlement of Alfei Menashe on Friday morning. Initial findings indicate that he committed suicide. The boy, who was found by the building’s caretaker, was a resident of the town but not a student at the school. Paramedics from Magen David Adom declared the teen dead. Police believe he fell from a significant height. ‏(Chaim Levinson‏) Death toll hits 72 in Mumbai building collapse

The death toll from a collapsed building in India’s financial center Mumbai rose to 72 yesterday, and an injured woman trapped for 36 hours was freed from the rubble of the illegal and half-constructed building. Rescue workers continued to search through the wreck after the seven-story building collapsed on Thursday evening. The deputy municipal commissioner of the area has been suspended following the collapse, which the state chief minister said was due to the building being built illegally. Police said they were searching for the builders and would charge them with culpable homicide. ‏(Reuters‏)

7.1 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit a remote part of eastern Indonesia yesterday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, an official said. The temblor struck about 75 kilometers ‏(47 miles‏) underground in Papua province, according to U.S. Geological Survey. It occurred in a mountainous area, about 56 kilometers ‏(35 miles‏) northeast of Tolikara, said Ali Imran, an official at the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency in Jakarta. There was no tsunami warning issued due to its location, he added. (AP)

Radioactive water leak feared at Japan nuke plant

The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-chi nuclear plant said yesterday that it was moving tons of highly radioactive water from a temporary storage tank to another after detecting signs of leakage, in a blow to the plant’s struggles to store the massive amount of water that has been used to cool melted radioactive fuel. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said about 120 tons of the water are believed to have breached the tank’s inner linings, some of it possibly leaking into the soil. ‏(AP‏)

South Africa: Mandela released from hospital

Former President Nelson Mandela was discharged from a hospital yesterday after an improvement in his health following treatment for pneumonia, the South African presidency said. The statement from the office of President Jacob Zuma said there had been “a sustained and gradual improvement” in the condition of 94-year-old Mandela, who was admitted to a hospital on the night of March 27. ‏(AP‏)

Pork found in Ikea’s moose lasagna

Ikea says it has withdrawn 17,000 portions of moose lasagna from its home furnishings stores in Europe after traces of pork were found in a batch tested in Belgium. Ikea spokeswoman Tina Kardum said the product had only been on sale for a month when it was pulled off the shelves on March 22. The company didn’t announce the withdrawal publicly until Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet wrote about it yesterday. Kardum said the company found out Friday that a follow-up test in Belgium confirmed the lasagna contained 1.6 percent pork. “We have more information now. That’s why we choose to inform now,” Kardum said. ‏(AP‏)