Police in Beijing have been given English phrase books which teach them how to deal with troublesome foreigners in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics, a news report said yesterday. \nThe 252-page Olympic Security English training manual has been issued to officers to prepare them for the city's hosting of the games and includes situations on how to deal with nosy overseas reporters and foreigners claiming their human rights are being violated. \nOne section headed "How to stop illegal news coverage" has a policeman confronting a wandering reporter who tells the officer he is working on a story about the Falun Gong, the outlawed meditation group, according to the South China Morning Post. \nThe policeman tells him: "Falun Gong has nothing to do with the games ... it's beyond your permit." He then criticizes the journalist for breaking Chinese law and takes him off to the Public Security Bureau to clear the matter up. \nIn another role play, a British woman from Hong Kong is stopped in the street and taken to the police station. When she protests: "You're violating my human rights. I protest" the policeman responds: "No tricks. Don't move." \nIn other sketches, an Afghan man is treated sympathetically but arrested when he is caught breaking into an American's hotel room in revenge for the American bombing of Afghanistan and a man from China's western Xinjiang province, which has a large Muslim population, is arrested over a bomb threat. \nTwo million foreigners are expected to visit Beijing for the Olympics and officials have launched a city-wide campaign to raise English standards ahead of the games.
Japan’s Mount Aso erupted yesterday, spewing a giant column of ash thousands of meters into the sky as hikers rushed away from the popular tourist spot. No injuries were immediately reported after the late-morning eruption in southwest Japan, which sent rocks flying in a dramatic blast captured by nearby CCTV cameras. People were warned not to approach the volcano as it ejected hot gas and ash as high as 3,500m, and sent stones tumbling down its grassy slopes. Authorities were checking if any hikers had been trapped or injured, officials told local media, as TV footage showed dozens of vehicles and tour buses
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Sri Lanka has barred a Chinese ship carrying desperately needed organic fertilizer that experts have found to be tainted with harmful bacteria, officials said yesterday. The ban comes as Sri Lanka battles food shortages caused by a currency crisis. Farmers have said that a ban on chemical fertilizer could ruin their crops this year. The office of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that the Sri Lankan National Plant Quarantine Services had tested a sample from the unnamed Chinese vessel and “confirmed the presence of organisms, including certain types of harmful bacteria.” The Sri Lankan Commercial High Court has banned any payment to
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