The organizers of a Polish erotic fair vowed to defy a ban on Thursday by Warsaw's mayor and proceed with a contest for women who have sex with as many men as possible. \nThe four-day "Eroticon" festival, which opened in the Polish capital on Thursday, plans to organize a "test" for women, dubbed the "world sex championships," despite an order from city hall banning the competition. \n"The contest will take place," said Krzysztof Garwatowski, a spokesman for the organizers. \n"Last year, the fair attracted more than 11,000 visitors. With all this publicity the mayor has generated for us, we hope to do even better this year," he said. \nThe mayor's office said a day earlier it had contacted the Warsaw public prosecutor's office accusing the event's organizers, an adult magazine publisher, of procuring women, a crime carrying up to a three-year jail term. \n"We are not breaking the law. We don't see any reason why we should leave Warsaw just because a municipal official doesn't like what we do," Garwatowski said. \nHe added that the organizers would sue right-wing mayor Lech Kaczynski for defamation. \n"We have nothing to do with prostitution," the spokesman said. \nFor days, large advertising posters have been plastered around the streets of Warsaw announcing that the "sex world record" will be beaten. \nHeld in an exhibition center near the center of Warsaw, the fifth annual Eroticon festival includes some 20 stands offering pornographic films, books, lingerie and erotic shows.
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