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Murder of carjacked baby sparks outrage in China

Shock in China after car thief murders a baby. Oscar Pistorius’ father triggers controversy in South Africa. And a crane operator sharing photos from his perch on Twitter.

Murder of carjacked baby sparks outrage in China

The murder of a two month old baby in Changchun in north eastern China has sparked outrage across the country. Little Haobo died on Monday, his father had left him in the back of the car, which was parked in front of his super market. He was gone for ten minutes and had left the engine running, a thief jumped in and sped away, before handing himself in two days later and confessing to police he had strangled the baby and buried him in the snow.

Local bloggers are shocked and saddened; many web users had got involved in the search for the baby. Child abduction is common in China, and police had launched an appeal for witnesses on social networks, which was widely shared online. Taxi drivers and other members of the public, hopeful of a happy ending had also joined police in their search across the city.

But after two days of searching, the story came to a tragic end, and some have been criticizing local law enforcement officials, who were unable to track down the killer despite the network of CCTV cameras installed across Changchun in recent years, at vast expense.

Others feel this case illustrates the deterioration of moral values in China. Many web users have referred to a recent story from the US, where another car thief had stolen a vehicle with a baby left inside, and the man called the police himself to tell them where he had left the baby.

 

Oscar Pistorius’ father triggers controversy in South Africa

Henke Pistorius, the father of murder suspect Oscar Pistorius who shot his girlfriend dead last month, has triggered controversy in South Africa with recent comments claiming South Africa’s ruling party, the ANC, is partly to blame for the shooting. As reported in British daily The Mirror, the athlete’s father said the only reason his son was in possession of a gun at the time was because white South Africans need guns for self-defense because the government does a poor job of protecting them. His remarks have triggered lively reactions from local web users.

Countless netizens across South Africa have taken to the web to voice their outrage. Social networkers have slammed the comments, saying they are ridiculous, and will only work against his son.

 

With many clearly voicing their disgust, other critics have opted for a more sarcastic tone in their condemnation of Henke Pistorius. The key words “I blame the ANC” have been trending heavily on the South African web. With web users blaming the ruling party for all sorts… the fact that there are clouds in the sky for example, or that there are traffic jams during the rush hour…

Comments that may have prompted some to smile wryly, but officials from the ANC do not see it as a laughing manner, at all, and have issued a statement on the party’s website. A short document in which they condemn a clumsy attempt at politicizing a tragic incident, and they urge citizens to show restraint and let the legal authorities deal with the matter.

 

Now trending on social networks

North Korean mobile operator Koryolink opened up its 3G data services to foreigners last month: something of a mini revolution in the “Hermit Kingdom” where a handful of tourists, diplomats and reporters have since been able to access the Internet from their mobile phone. Two journalists from American news agency The Associated Press Jean Lee and David Guttenfelder, have been using the costly service to offer a glimpse inside the most secretive country in the world, by regularly posting images like these ones to social networks.

 

Crane operator gives Twitter a view from the top of the world

Rob MacFarlane is a crane operator in Canada. The 54 year old is currently working on a huge building site in Toronto, and has started taking photos from his perch which is hundreds of meters up in the air and overlooks the entire city, and sharing them on his Twitter account @skyjacked793. An interesting initiative that adds a whole new perspective to this unusual profession…

 

Video of the day

Members of the Cinefix film buff collective which specializes in homemade movie parodies have reproduced the trailer for “Iron Man 3” due to hit cinema screens this summer. The shot for shot remake has no special effects, they’ve pulled it off rather well and you can check it out in its entirety on all good video sharing platforms.

By Electron Libre

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