Malaysian spends first night of married life in police lock-up

A Malaysian man was detained hours after his wedding reception for allegedly fighting police seeking to arrest one of his guests. (REUTERS photo)
Updated 12 December 2017
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Malaysian spends first night of married life in police lock-up

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian man’s married life got off to a rocky start when he was detained hours after his wedding reception for allegedly fighting police seeking to arrest one of his guests, reports said Tuesday.
Officers showed up at the wedding party in a hotel ballroom Sunday evening to arrest a man accused of involvement in numerous crimes.
But a group of about 40 men, including the 35-year-old groom, did their best to prevent police catching the suspect at the party in the northern city of Alor Setar, local media said.
“A scuffle took place and the groom threw a glass at my men, injuring one of the officers on his left hand,” local police official Mohamad Rozi Jidin was cited as saying by The Star newspaper.
The wanted man, 38, managed to escape out of a back door as the wedding guests fought with police.
But officers picked up the groom, who was not identified, at his home in the early hours the following day — with further scuffles breaking out as they detained him.


Russia sprays vanilla to repel World Cup gnats in Volgograd

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Russia sprays vanilla to repel World Cup gnats in Volgograd

  • England and Tunisia players could be seen swatting away swarms of gnats during their opening World Cup game in the southern Russian city on Monday.
  • Russian authorities said on Thursday they hope that spraying the vanilla concentrate on trees and shrubs around the venue will keep the gnats away.

VOLGOGRAD, Russia: Russian authorities said on Thursday they were spraying the area outside the World Cup stadium with vanilla concentrate to prevent gnats from spoiling soccer matches there, TASS news agency reported.
England and Tunisia players could be seen swatting away swarms of gnats during their opening World Cup game in the southern Russian city on Monday.
Players covered themselves with bug spray before the game and at halftime, but that seemed to have little effect.
Russian authorities said on Thursday they hope that spraying the vanilla concentrate on trees and shrubs around the venue will keep the gnats away.
“The vanilla concentrate will not create inconveniences for fans, but it will be enough to repel the gnats,” TASS quoted Volgograd’s regional administration as saying.
The area around Volgograd is known for its swamps and wide rivers, the perfect breeding ground for insects during the hot and dry summer in the region.
It was unclear if the measures had already been taken, but a Reuters reporter in Volgograd said on Thursday there appeared to be significantly fewer gnats in the city than during Monday’s match.
Volgograd, which is set to host three more group stage matches, will host Iceland’s match against Nigeria on Friday.