7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Dec. 6

By Cindy Drukier, Epoch Times
December 6, 2013 Updated: December 6, 2013

Thailand: Campaign to help animals hurt by tear gas launched

A campaign has been launched to survey how many animals were affected by the tear gas fired by police at the antigovernment protesters early this week.

KHA_Ti wrote in a twitter message that a survey would be carried out at the Nang Lerng intersection on Saturday to find out how many animals had affected by the tear gas.

The Nation


Italy: Northern League councillor blasts Mandela as ‘terrorist’

A minor member of the anti-immigrant Northern League party on Friday blasted South African leader Nelson Mandela on the social network Facebook. …

”Finally the terrorist Mandela, the beast who thirsted for white blood and was transformed into a hero by global propaganda, will find himself before all the people that he had killed with bombs in churches or with tires on fire around the neck,” wrote Francesco Vartolo, who is a borough councillor in Verona, on his Facebook page.


Nelson Mandela, 1961 (STF/AFP/Getty Images)


Sweden: Prisoner escapes to visit dentist

“My whole face was swollen. I just couldn’t stand it any more,” the 51-year-old told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper (DN).

The man was a prisoner at the minimum security Östragård facility in the municipality of Väners­borg, in south-western Sweden.

The prisoner, who was serving a one-month sentence, had asked for medical care for the pain in his tooth but to no avail, so he decided to take matters into his own hands. …

The Local


Philippines: Fitness trainer declared first Filipino astronaut

The Axe Apollo Academy declared Crossfit MNL trainer Chino Roque as the first Filipino astronaut, joining 24 others from all over the world in a trip to space.

Spaceman Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, declared Roque as a winner at the awarding ceremonies held at the Rocket Garden of the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Florida.

The Philippine Star


Japan: Government moving to lift arms exports ban

The Abe administration plans to lift, in principle, the nation’s self-imposed ban on weapons exports, a historic turnaround in Japan’s postwar national security policy.

According to draft principles to control arms exports presented to the ruling coalition Dec. 5, the government would permit exports as long as they “contribute to Japan’s national security” or meet other conditions.

The Asahi Shimbun


Burma: Foreign Banks Allowed to Begin Some Operations Next Year

Burma will allow some foreign banks to begin offering limited financial services next year, a senior central bank official said, as the Southeast Asian country slowly opens up its banking sector following a series of economic and political reforms.

Thirty-four international banks have representative offices in the country, but they have thus far been forbidden from opening branches or offering services other than advising clients.

The Irrawaddy

(Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

New Zealand: Bee appears to have caused crash between motorcycles

Emergency services were called to the crash on State Highway 1 at Milburn shortly after 1pm. Senior Constable Jim Jordan, of Milton, said two Dunedin men were riding their motorcycles south on State Highway 1 when one rode into the back of the other.

One 59-year-old man, riding a BMW, told police a bee flew into his helmet, landing on his mouth, and made its way into his nose.

New Zealand Herald