1. VIETNAM RECEIVES REMAINS OF ALL BRITISH TRUCK VICTIMS
The remains of 39 Vietnamese people found dead in a truck near London last month have been brought to Vietnam.
A local government official said the remains of 23 victims arrived at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi early today, while the first 16 were repatriated on Wednesday.
The discovery of the bodies in the back of a refrigerated truck after being smuggled into Britain has shone a spotlight on the human trafficking of the poor people of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Police in Vietnam have arrested 10 people in connection with the deaths.
2. NORTH KOREA WARNS JAPAN OF REAL BALLISTIC MISSILE LAUNCH SOON
North Korea’s state media today lashed out at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as an “imbecile and political dwarf” for calling Pyongyang’s latest test of a large multiple-rocket launcher a :ballistic missile launch” and warned he may see a real one in the near future.
North Korea fired two short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast on Thursday in a fourth test of its new “super-large multiple-rocker launcher,” with its North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressing “great satisfaction” over the latest test.
In the wake of Pyongyang’s firing, Abe said on Thursday that North Korea’s missile launch was a threat to Japan and the international community, and that Tokyo would monitor the situation with its partners.
3. BRAZIL’S PRESIDENT BLAMES LEONARDO DICAPRIO AMID AMAZON FIRES
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro yesterday said actor Leonardo DiCaprio had funded nonprofit groups that he claimed are partly responsible for widespread fires in the Amazon rainforest this year.
Bolsonaro did not offer proof for the claim when speaking to a small group of supporters in Brasilia.
DiCaprio’s environmental organization Earth Alliance has pledged 5 million dollars to help protect the Amazon after a surge in fires destroyed large parts of the rainforest in July and August.
The actor’s press representative did not immediately comment on Bolsonaro’s remarks.