■ China US poll a duckwalk? \n \nBony Kerry? Spicy Bush? Customers at a restaurant in Foshan, Guangdong Pro-vince, are expressing their opinions about the US election by choosing duck dishes named after the candidates. The restaurant has put up a banner urging customers to "come in, participate and select the candidate of your choice," according to the Yangcheng Evening News. The Bush duck is a spicy concoction to match his "war-mongering personality," the newspaper said, and Kerry duck is a bonier version with sauce in line with his "keen-witted and capable nature." So far, Kerry duck is ahead with 53 percent, while Bush duck trails with 47 percent. \n \n■ China \nBoys walk 150km to flee dad \n \nTwo young brothers walked 150km to escape their father's beatings and live with their grandfather, the Hong Kong edition of the China Daily said yesterday. Li Chao, 10, and Li Lei, seven, walked for nine days from their home in Guiyang, Guizhou Province along the railway line to Zunyi, Gui-yang Province, then sneaked aboard a train bound for Chongqing near where their grandfather lives. The boys were found on the train by police and taken off to be returned to their father. They told the police they wanted to live with their grandfather who "never beats us." \n \n■ Hong Kong \nIllegals on `two bullets' tours \n \nIllegal immigrants from Vietnam are being given bullets and knives to ensure they get a prison stay if they are caught, the South China Morning Post said yester-day. Carrying the bullets and knives guarantees they will not be deported but will instead go to jail where they can earn US$50 a month for doing prison labor. That is way above average salary in Vietnam and ensures migrants can repay the smugglers for the cost of their passage. Judge Fergal Sweeney said at a court case on Tuesday that smugglers were arranging what he called "two bullet tours" to Hong Kong via China, the paper reported. Sweeney jailed Nguyen Van Hien, 21, for 21 months for illegal entry and possessing weapons. Hien told the court he had been promised a jail term if he was caught after paying US$190 to be smug-gled into the territory. Sweeney said he was tempted to send Hien straight back to Vietnam to discourage others but that it would be unfair to people already sent to jail. \n \n■ China \nMine death toll mounts \n \nThe death toll from the worst coal mine accident in four years rose to 129 yesterday, the government said, as rescuers searched for 19 missing miners. Rescuers looking for the missing workers have had to dig through rubble and drain water from a 1,200m-long at the Daping Mine near Zhangzhou. Officials still have not said what caused the Oct. 20 blast. \n■ The Philippines \nTop fugitive under arrest \n \nPolice said yesterday they have arrested an alleged kidnapper and hired gun who is considered the country's most wanted criminal suspect. Ricardo Peralta, leader of the Red Vigilante gang, was arrested outside a shopping mall in the northern city of San Fernando late on Tuesday, national police chief Edgar Aglipay said. Peralta will face trial for several cases of murder and kidnapping, Aglipay said. Peralta's gang is suspected to be behind the gangland-style killing of several suspected drug traffickers in 2000 as well as a string of kidnapping cases. \n■ Aistralia Missing tourist found dead \n \nA middle-aged British woman was found dead in outback Australia yesterday after disappearing from a resort near Uluru, the iconic desert monolith once known Ayers Rock. The body of 52-year-old Ethel Hetherington was discovered by a group of Aboriginal people by the side of a track around 50km southeast of Yulara, where she had been on holiday with a cousin since Oct. 6. Hetherington was last seen late on Monday in Yulara and police mounted a ground and air search on Tuesday after she was reported missing. A police spokeswoman said forensic police were at the scene and investigations into the cause of death were under way. \n \n■ Israel \nOfficer arrested in shooting \n \nIsraeli military police on Tuesday arrested a commander accused by comrades of riddling the body of a Palestinian schoolgirl with bullets after fellow soldiers killed her. A military police unit investigating the death of 13-year-old Iman al-Hamas in the southern Gaza Strip on Oct. 5 arrested the company commander after finding that his account of the incident was false, the army said. Hamas was hit about 20 times near an Israeli military outpost on her way to school in Rafah, a refugee camp on Gaza's border with Egypt that has seen frequent violence during a 4-year-old Palestinian uprising. The army launched an investigation after unidentified soldiers from the outpost told Israeli media that after their initial volley killed the girl, the commander went out and fired into her body repeatedly. \n \n■ Zimbabwe \nS African union expelled \n \nPolice expelled a South African trade union team early yesterday in defiance of a court order allowing them to stay until the afternoon, union officials said. "They have been kicked almost like evil spirits out of that country," Congress of South African Trade Unions secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi told South African state television. President Robert Mugabe's government on Tuesday ordered the union team to be deported, accusing it of meddling. Harare had ordered the union to stay away. \n \n■ United Kingdom \nRockers pay tribute to DJ \n \nSome of the country's most successful rock musicians Tuesday paid tribute to John Peel, the veteran BBC Radio 1 DJ, whom they credited with having played a crucial part in their rise to fame. Damon Albarn, frontman of Blur, said: "John Peel's patronage was for me, like countless other musicians, one of the most significant things that happened to us in our careers." His sentiments were echoed by Feargal Sharkey, former lead singer of the Undertones, one of whose songs was Peel's favorite. Peel, who was 65, died of a heart attack in the Peruvian city of Cuzco where he was enjoying a working holiday with his wife Sheila. \n \n■ Germany \nEU overpays for renovation \n \nSloppy construction controls led to the EU being vastly overcharged for renovation of the bloc's flagship Commission headquarters, a German newspaper said yesterday. An EU anti-corruption agency report obtained by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily said 180 million euros (US$230 million) in overcharges were paid for renovating the Berlaymont building in Brussels, which houses the European Commission. \n \n■ United States Drivers `drunk' on tea \n \nCalifornia prosecutors are cracking down on kava-drinking motorists who are driving under the intoxicating influence of the herbal tea. Following their first successful conviction in June, San Mateo County prosecutors have filed three other cases, after about a dozen motorists had been pulled over in recent years, said San Mateo Deputy District Attorney Chris Feasel on Monday. Kava, while not considered as a drug by federal health officials, is classified by the US Food and Drug Administration as a nutritional supplement that can be used to relieve anxiety. Motorists under the influence of Kava had a "thousand-yard stare," Feasel said. "They're drooling on themselves sometimes, their motor function is so bad," he added. \n \n■ United States \nB-movie greats recognized \n \nZsa Zsa Gabor and Sonny Chiba reached the heights of low-budget filmmaking as they were among those selected by cinephiles around the world for induction into the B-Movie Hall of Fame. Chiba, the Japanese icon of martial-arts flicks including Gangster Cop (1970) and The Street Fighter (1974), and Hungarian-born glamor girl Zsa Zsa Gabor, of such campy films as The Girl in the Kremlin (1957) and The Queen of Outer Space (1958), were among 10 artists and 10 films honored Monday. \n \n■ Canada \nEnvironment record attacked \n \nThe Canadian government is not doing enough to protect the environment because of a lack of leadership and political will, a senior official said in a scathing report released on Tuesday. Johanne Gelinas, Canada's commissioner of the environment, said some salmon populations were in trouble and that Ottawa had no idea whether initiatives to cut oil pollution and improve air quality were working. "Why is progress so slow? After all, the mandates and commitments are there, the knowledge of what to do and how to do it is there, and we know it can be done," she said in a statement accompanying the annual report. \n \n■ Chile \nBush accused of war crimes \n \nChileans opposed to the Iraq war have accused US President George W. Bush of war crimes in a criminal complaint lodged on Tuesday, less than a month before he is scheduled to visit the country. The suit asks local courts to invoke international human rights treaties ratified by both countries and arrest Bush and members of his Cabinet for questioning during their visit to Santiago for a summit of Asia Pacific leaders Nov. 19-21. The courts usually take a few days to decide whether to accept this type of complaint and assign a judge who then has power to call people for questioning before deciding whether to indict. Filing criminal suits by civilians is common in Chile. \n \n■ Colombia \nOutlaw ex-officer killed \n \nColombian troops on Tuesday killed a former US-trained Colombian army officer accused of murdering a state official and who later joined an outlawed paramilitary group, the army said. Former Colombian Army Major David Hernandez, who five years ago became a leader of the right-wing United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, was killed in a clash between army troops and more than 100 AUC fighters in northern Colombia, said Colonel Nestor Raul Espitia, commander of the army's 10th Brigade. Army troops, backed by attack helicopters, killed a total of five paramilitaries, Espitia said.
Two-year-old Xu Haoyang (徐灝洋) has likely just months to live — but the only medicine that can help his rare genetic condition is not found anywhere in China and closed borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic mean that he cannot travel for treatment. Instead, his desperate father, Xu Wei (徐偉), has created a home laboratory to create a remedy for the boy himself. “I didn’t really have time to think about whether to do it or not. It had to be done,” the 30-year-old said from his DIY lab in an apartment building in southwestern Kunming. Haoyang has Menkes syndrome, a genetic disorder
WIDE REOPENING DISCOURAGED: A study from Peking University has suggested that lifting restrictions in the style of the US, UK and others would be catastrophic China would face a “colossal outbreak” on a scale beyond anything any other country has yet seen if it were to reopen in a similar manner to the US. That is a prediction based on statistical modeling by researchers at Beijing’s Peking University. A switch from China’s current COVID-19 elimination strategy to a US-style approach with few restrictions would lead to as many as 637,155 infections per day, according to the study, which was published by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday. That would be the largest daily figure reported by any country since the start of the
BURNING, LOOTING: The demonstrators called for Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to step down over failure to deliver infrastructure, among other complaints Solomon Islands police yesterday fired tear gas in the capital, Honiara, as crowds of protesters set fire to buildings, including a police station, and looted shops in an eruption of anger at the government, Radio New Zealand (RNZ) reported. The protest was led by people from the Pacific nation’s largest island, Malaita Province, about 120km from the capital. They were demanding that Solomon Island Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare step down over failure to deliver promised infrastructure among other complaints, RNZ said. The protest began peacefully, but most schools and businesses in Honiara were closed by the afternoon as crowds tried to enter the
MOBS, TEAR GAS: Anti-government protests deteriorated and led to looting and arson, as the Pacific nation’s PM said he regretted a return to the country’s ‘dark days’ Rioters torched buildings in the Solomon Islands’ capital of Honiara yesterday, targeting the city’s Chinatown district in a second day of anti-government protests. Eyewitnesses and local media reported that crowds had defied a government lockdown to take to the streets. Live images showed several buildings engulfed in flames and plumes of thick black smoke billowing high above the capital. It followed widespread disorder on Wednesday, when demonstrators attempted to storm parliament and depose Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Businesses operated by Honiara’s Chinese community were looted and burned, prompting Beijing’s embassy to express “serious concerns” to the Solomons’ government. The embassy “made representations