Rioters arrested in Yueyang
Police detained 11 people accused of rioting during a strike involving 1,000 cab drivers, state media reported. Cab drivers in Yueyang, Hunan Province, went on strike to demand a reduction in monthly fees paid to their cab companies, Xinhua news agency said late on Saturday. Xinhua said dozens of drivers started parking their cabs on Friday in front of the city government building. Rioting started when some of the drivers smashed cabs and hit other drivers who did not join the strike, Xinhua said.
Another prison inmate dies
Another inmate has died at a detention center, state media reported yesterday amid growing public concern about conditions at the facilities, following a series of fatalities. Chen Hongqiang, a drug addict sentenced to 10 days in detention, was found comatose on Saturday in his cell in the southeast city of Fuzhou and died after hospitalization, Xinhua news agency said. Authorities have launched an investigation into the sudden death, according to the agency. The incident took place just three weeks after another detainee died in the same city after he “fell off his bed and hurt his head.”
New mass-food poisoning
The city-state has been hit by the second outbreak of mass food-poisoning case in two weeks, as a dozen people fell ill after eating the same food, media reported on Sunday. The Health Ministry said it was notified on Saturday of 12 cases, all stemming from soup eaten at a restaurant the night before, Channel News Asia said. Authorities had closed a market where some food stalls were being investigated after two women died last week from eating the food and another lost her two-month-old fetus the previous week.
Brawl erupts at casino
Police deployed their riot squad early yesterday when a brawl involving bikers erupted at a Sydney casino, in the latest skirmish in a bitter war between rival gangs. Police said up to 20 people, both men and women, used chairs and glasses as weapons when the fight broke out in the casino at about 1:30am. The brawl spilled out onto the street and the riot squad was called in to bring the fracas under control, New South Wales police said. Police arrested 10 men and one woman, most of whom were allegedly linked to the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang, and charged three of them with affray.
Bombs found in Papua
Three improvised bombs were found yesterday near a police post in Papua Province where police and suspected separatists clashed last week, police said. The bombs, which did not explode, were left in a garbage bin near a police post in Abepura town where police shot a man dead during a clash on Thursday during elections. “An investigation is underway to reveal the motive,” Papua police spokesman Nurhabri said, adding that an anti-terror police squad was investigating the type of explosives used. A garbage collector found the bombs early yesterday, he said. Police chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri said earlier that the pro-independence Free Papua Movement was suspected of being behind attacks across the province.
Koalas infected with virus
Nearly 90 percent of koalas in zoos are infected with a virus believed to cause leukemia in the marsupials, a report said yesterday. Researchers at the Institute for Virus Research Kyoto University and the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums tested the blood of 50 of the 62 koalas kept across the country, the Yomiuri Shuimbun said. The koala retrovirus — believed to cause leukemia and lymphoma — was detected in all 39 northeastern koalas, and in four of 11 southern koalas, the English version of the Yomiuri said. There are two main subspecies of wild koala — the northeast Australian koala and the south Australian koala.