Ex-worker admits arson
A former worker told state media today he set the fire that killed 14 young women at a Chinese clothing factory because he was angry over several hundred dollars in unpaid wages.
Fourteen people were killed and one person was seriously injured in the fire Tuesday afternoon in Shantou city in Guangdong province, the provincial emergency department said.
Typhoon death toll
The death toll from Typhoon Bhopa climbed to more than 100 people today, while scores of others remain missing in the worst-hit areas of the southern Philippines. At least 43 people died when torrents of water rampaged down a mountain and engulfed a school and village hall where people were taking shelter from the storm.
Lion population drops
The lions that roam Africa’s savannahs have lost as much as 75 percent of their habitat in the last 50 years as humans overtake their land and the lion population dwindles, said a study released Tuesday.
Researchers at Duke University, including prominent conservationist Stuart Pimm, warn that the number of lions across the continent have dropped to as few as 32,000, with populations in West Africa under incredible pressure.
“Lion numbers have declined precipitously in the last century,” the study, published Tuesday by the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, reads.
Push to shut orphanages
Orphanages dot the landscape in Haiti. But many of the children are not orphans, and a campaign is under way to close as many of the institutions as possible. At one, Chris Savini, a missionary from Illinois, rocked a 10-month-old boy to sleep. The infant’s mother had died, and his father, overwhelmed with eight children, turned over six of them to orphanages. “He knew it was his son’s best shot,” Savini said. After the earthquake in 2010, it became clear that most children in orphanages have living parents. Since then, a consensus has developed to reduce the number of orphanages.
Compiled from wire reports.