Two men dressed in black stormed into an Internet cafe and stabbed 14 customers in the latest in a series of indiscriminate slashings in China, state media reported yesterday. \nThe two, both in their 20s, entered the "Broadband Experience" cafe in Beijing late Monday and ordered people to squat, then proceeded to walk down the computer rows hacking terrified patrons at random, the Beijing Times said. \nThe drama went on for 20 horrific minutes, as a group of accomplices blocked the entrance and no one dared utter a word, with the only sound being the quiet sobbing of a young girl, according to the report. \nEventually the two young men and their accomplices walked out, leaving the customers to call police and provide elementary first aid to the injured, the report said. \nMost of the injured were stabbed in the back although some were slashed across the face. One woman was said to be in serious condition. \nThe Beijing News said a number of people had been apprehended as of late Tuesday, although some suspects remained at large. \nThe attack appeared to be an act of revenge, as witnesses described how the knife-wielding young men had ordered the security guard of a Beijing residential area to identify himself, saying he had bullied friends of theirs. \nIf the security guard was among the customers, he did not come forward, which was when the slashings began. \nIt was unclear why the gang was looking for the security guard in the Internet cafe. \nThe incident happened on the same day as a previously reported incident in which a knife-wielding man stabbed 25 children and kidnapped a nine-year-old girl at a primary school in east China before being arrested. \nOne month ago, a mentally ill caretaker killed one child and slashed 14 others and three teachers in a knife attack at a Beijing kindergarten. \nAnd in April, a man stabbed 15 children and two adults at a school in northwestern province of Gansu, a crime for which he was given life in jail Monday.
Reporters Without Borders has accused the Algerian government of taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to “settle scores” with independent journalists, including those covering long-running anti-government protests. In a statement signed with Algerian non-governmental organizations, the watchdog on Thursday called for the immediate release of its correspondent, Khaled Drareni, who has been in pretrial detention since Sunday after being charged with inciting an unarmed gathering and endangering national unity. Drareni has been arrested several times for covering the “Hirak” anti-government protests held in the capital, Algiers, every Friday since February last year. Imprisoning people during a pandemic is “an act of physical endangerment,”
Vietnam has lodged an official protest with China following the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat that it said had been rammed by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel near islands in the South China Sea. The Vietnamese fishing vessel, with eight fishermen onboard, was fishing near the Paracel Islands (Xisha Islands, 西沙群島) on Thursday when it was rammed and sunk by the Chinese vessel, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement posted on a government Web site yesterday. All of the fishermen were picked up by the Chinese vessel alive and were transferred to two other Vietnamese fishing vessels
DIVIDED YOUTH: There is a belief that overseas students see themselves as superior, which is compounded by perceptions of their extreme wealth and multiple nationalities Chinese students flying home from overseas to escape the COVID-19 pandemic face a frosty reception from sections of the public who view them as wealthy, spoiled — and potentially contaminated. The number of officially reported cases in China has dwindled dramatically over the last month, but the country is now taking drastic steps to try and stem a second wave of infections brought in from abroad. With most international flights canceled and nearly all foreigners barred from entering the country, the vast majority of returnees are Chinese nationals, including many students. The situation has exposed animosities over class and privilege in Chinese society,
An Australian graduate student arrested for spying and expelled from North Korea last year said that he was threatened with a firing-squad execution and told not even US President Donald Trump could save his “sorry arse.” Among the crimes Alek Sigley was accused of committing was posting a picture of a toy tank on Instagram, which his interrogators told him was military espionage. Sigley, 30, was studying for a master’s degree in Korean literature at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang when he went missing in June last year, sparking alarm. A fluent speaker of Korean, he had written articles for several publications