Most read story: Mexican film students killed, then dissolved in acid by warring drug cartels

Note: This story was first published on Wednesday April 25

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Mexico Federal Police
Mexico Federal Police Source: VidalJuan/Wikimedia Commons

Three vanished film students whose case had become emblematic of Mexico's 30,000 missing people were killed after being caught unaware in the midst of a drug gang turf battle.

Prosecutors in the western state of Jalisco said late Monday the three were abducted by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel because they were filming a school project at a house used by the rival Nueva Plaza gang.

The students were using the residence on the outskirts of the city of Guadalajara because it belonged to one of their aunts.

"Without knowing it, the students were in a very dangerous place which was being watched by hit men from the New Generation cartel," the prosecutor's office said.

The aunt was implicated in a human trafficking case involving prostitution at massage parlors in the city of Guadalajara.

The students' fate horrified Mexico: Prosecutors said they were killed and their bodies dissolved in acid.

"Words can't describe the dimension of this madness," Oscar-winning Mexican director Guillermo del Toro wrote on Twitter. "Three students are killed and dissolved in acid. The 'why' is unthinkable, the 'how' is terrifying."

Prosecutors said the New Generation cartel lookouts who were watching the house mistook the students for rival gang members and abducted them on a road after they left the house.

Prosecutors said the gang took the students to a safe house and interrogated them. The gang beat one student so badly he died, leading them to kill the other two.

They then took them to another house, where prosecutors found jugs and tubs of sulfuric acid.

Traces of blood and the DNA of two of the students were found at the houses.

Investigators also found fake detectives' credentials at the houses; the killers apparently posed as detectives when they pulled the students over.

One gang leader had already been arrested at the aunt's house in 2015 and police had received reports of armed men hanging out at the property in 2017.


Outrage as Tourism Fiji mistakenly translates 'toilet' to indigenous word for church

Tourism Fiji has apologised for posting a promotional video encouraging visitors to talk like a local after it mistakenly translated toilet to the indigenous word for a church.

The social media post, which has since been deleted, prompted outrage after the words Vale ni Lotu were used to mean toilet.

Many locals were furious about the error including Leader of the Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa who said the Vale ni Lotu is a sacred location of belief and worship for indigenous Fijians and this incident ridicules its sanctity.

"The taxpayers of Fiji give Tourism Fiji $43.5 million a year in grants for Marketing and Operating expenses and if this is a sample of what we can expect them to produce using our taxpayer dollars then perhaps we should review their allocation in this year's budget," she said.

In a statement Tourism Fiji said the mistake was due to a mismatch of graphic design and failure of its quality assurance process.

It said it regrets any offense caused and it is reviewing internal processes to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Tourism Fiji has mistakenly translated toilet to the indigenous word for a church. Source: 1 NEWS


'No one should be trapped' – third of all US seniors don't use internet, NZ similar

A new study that found a third of US citizens over 65 still don't use the internet is likely reflected among older New Zealanders, a tech expert says - and it may be inhibiting their lifestyles.

Internet NZ chief executive Jordan Carter acknowledged there were benefits and advantages of internet use, but ultimately it's important to broaden access and proficiency to technology for everyone.

"There's a growing divide in what people can do it they're offline compared to what they're doing if they're online," Mr Carter said.

"Closing those digital divides is something we're interested in, it's something the government has set a target about as well."  

A market research study commissioned by Internet NZ found 83 per cent of Kiwis over 60 years have internet access at home or work.

While the internet is often lumped with negative connotations such as cyber bullying and fake news, Mr Carter said a poll of Kiwis found over 80 per cent thought the benefits outweighed the negatives.

"People should have the choice, no one should be trapped into using any particular kind of technology to live their lives," Mr Carter said.

"But I think given people follow the money if you like there's going to be more and more stuff online."

"I mean look at the announcement last week of moving the Rugby World Cup to an online type platform."

Mr Carter said an obvious benefit the internet provides for the elderly is breaking down the barriers of distance and keeping in touch with friends and family.

The Pew Research Centre study found that 34 per cent of US adults over the age of 65 still don't use the internet.

Internet NZ chief executive Jordan Carter said there are many benefits of getting older Kiwi’s more internet savvy. Source: 1 NEWS