Ballet director attacked
The artistic director of Russia’s famed Bolshoi Ballet was attacked by an assailant who threw acid in his face, police said Friday. The assault followed what a colleague said were several weeks of threats and intimidation. Sergei Filin was about to enter his home in downtown Moscow just before midnight Thursday when a masked stranger called him by his name and flung the acid, Bolshoi’s spokeswoman Yekaterina Novikova said. Filin, 42, suffered third-degree burns to his face and damage to the corneas of his eyes. The culprit has not been found.
Prank turns deadly
Brazilian police said an officer playing a prank on a colleague by simulating a holdup late Thursday was shot and killed. A police spokeswoman in the city of Rondonopolis said by telephone on Friday that an officer was pulling out of his garage to go to work when his friend rode up on a motorcycle and announced a holdup. The officer in the car drew his gun and fired several shots into the stomach of his friend, whose face was covered. When he realized who the man was, he took him to a hospital, where he died.
Judge rules against book
A Brazilian judge has ordered the erotic trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey taken off the shelves of bookstores in the city of Macae, or at least wrapped to prevent minors from opening them. A statement by the Rio de Janeiro State Judiciary Department said Judge Raphael Queiroz Campos issued the order after he saw children in a bookstore looking through erotic books.
Letter bomb thwarted
Postal workers intercepted a letter bomb addressed to a high-ranking Northern Ireland policeman Friday in a thwarted plot blamed on Irish Republican Army die-hards in Dublin. Chief Inspector Andy Lemon thanked the postal workers for spotting the suspicious letter before it reached him, and described it as an attempt to hurt or kill multiple officers in his station. He said it wasn’t clear which specific IRA splinter group was behind the bomb.
Compiled from wire reports.