Forty arrested for trafficking
Police have arrested a gang of 40 people suspected of buying at least 22 children in the nation’s southwest and trafficking them to a wealthier region, state press said yesterday. The suspected trafficking ring allegedly bought young children — 22 of them have so far been recovered — in impoverished areas of Yunnan Province and sold them in coastal Fujian Province in the southeast, the Beijing Times said. More than 200 police were involved in the Wednesday arrests that took place in the two provinces, it said. The arrests come after an investigation was launched this week in Hunan Province into the suspected involvement of family planning officials in the abduction and sale of babies into overseas adoption.
Eight new reef fish found
Scientists from Conservation International have discovered eight new fish and one new coral species off Bali island. The new species include eels and damsels, the colorful little fish that dart among coral branches and help give reefs their dazzling appearance while playing a key role in reef ecology. “We have carried out a marine survey in 33 sites around Bali island. We have identified 952 reef fish, and among them we discovered eight new species,” team senior adviser Mark van Nydeck Erdmann said.
Jumper dies at Burj Khalifa
An unidentified Asian man jumped to his death on Tuesday from the 147th floor of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, slamming into a terrace 39 floors below on the 108th, police said. The man was employed at a company located in the imposing 828m building. The National newspaper said on its Web site that he had asked for a holiday and was denied.
Site wasn’t hacked: Google
Google said yesterday it had found no evidence that the Web site of a group that has called for pro-democracy protests was hacked like the group claimed. Molihuaxingdong — or “jasmine movement” in Chinese — runs one of several Web sites that have put out weekly appeals for peaceful protests in various cities . The group said by e-mail that all of the content on its Google-hosted site had been removed on Thursday afternoon, replaced by an empty page bearing only the words: “long live the jasmine flower.” Hours later, the group posted a notice saying it believed its data and content could be recovered. A Google spokeswoman, who asked not to be identified by name, said in an e-mail: “We’ve determined that this was not a case of hacking, but rather an issue resulting from back-end maintenance on the blogger platform.”
Father paralyzes traffic
A lone protester paralyzed rush-hour traffic for hours yesterday by scaling the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and forcing the closure of the country’s busiest roadway. The man, who said he was “ex-military,” evaded extensive security precautions to climb the bridge at dawn and hang two banners in a protest apparently linked to a custody dispute over his children. The bridge was closed for two hours, causing massive back-ups. The protester, who identified himself only as Mick, spoke to a local radio station by phone from atop the bridge. “If I have to stuff 4 million people around for one morning and that gets my kids and other kids help one day sooner, I have achieved my goal,” he said before rappelling down onto the roadway to be arrested by waiting police.