Police arrest protesters
Police rounded up at least 10 people as they broke up an anti-China rally yesterday for the second weekend running after a series of protests over tensions in the South China Sea. About 50 demonstrators, greatly outnumbered by security forces, were stopped and forced to disperse after they gathered close to the Chinese embassy in Hanoi. “Down with China. Down with arresting patriotic people,” the protesters shouted as they waved banners denouncing Chinese “violations” of national sovereignty. It was the seventh in an unprecedented series of protests that have taken place in Hanoi on recent weekends during an escalating maritime dispute in the South China Sea. Authorities in Hanoi allowed the first five protests to proceed without incident, but briefly detained 10 people, including journalists, during a rally on July 10 after talks with China in Beijing.
EBay mom investigated
A mother who listed her children for sale on the Internet had her joke backfire when authorities were called in to investigate, police said yesterday. Officials in the southern city of Geelong were notified last week that a woman was attempting to sell her children, a boy and girl both aged under 10, on the auction site eBay. Photographs of the children were included in the sales pitch. “Police tracked down the woman, who said it was a joke,” police said in a statement. Child welfare officers and police conducted a joint investigation and police said no charges would be filed. “However, police discourage this type of behavior,” the statement said.
Israel denies airstrike
Seven people were wounded yesterday by what Palestinian medical sources said was an Israeli air strike, but Israel denied it had carried out any such raid. Adham Abu Selmiya, spokesman for the Hamas-run medical services, said four children and three adults suffered moderate injuries in air strikes in the northern Beit Hanun area. However, a spokeswoman for the Israel Defense Forces said: “There was no IDF activity in Gaza overnight or this morning.” The reported raid comes after days of rocket fire into southern Israel and four straight days of retaliatory Israeli air strikes between Tuesday and Friday night. The Israeli military said four rockets were fired into Israel over the weekend, bringing to 20 the number of munitions fired from the occupied territory since July 1.
Floods destroy farmland
Floods triggered by torrential rain last week washed away homes, roads and farmland and caused unspecified casualties, according to state media. Heavy rain from Tuesday to Friday left more than 20,000 hectares of farmland destroyed or submerged across the country, the Korean Central News Agency said. The western and northeastern regions of Hwanghae and South Hamgyong were hit hard, with more than 250mm of rain recorded in some areas, it said. The downpour left several dykes, public buildings and roads destroyed and Hamhung saw casualties, it said without giving details. Reconstruction efforts were under way in affected areas, it said. After decades of deforestation, the country is particularly vulnerable to flooding. In 2007 it reported at least 600 dead or missing from devastating floods. State media said last week a tropical storm that hit the country last month had caused casualties and left more than 150 homes and 20,000 hectares of farmland destroyed or submerged.
FOX HUNT: To suppress dissent, Chinese living abroad that Xi Jinping sees as threats are told to either return to China or commit suicide, Christopher Wray said Chinese agents have been pursuing hundreds of Chinese nationals living in the US in an effort to force their return, as part of a global campaign against the country’s diaspora, known as Operation Fox Hunt, FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday. In a speech about the security threat posed by China, during which he said Beijing’s counterintelligence work was the “greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality,” Wray gave the example of one Fox Hunt target who was given a choice of going back to China or killing themselves. Fox Hunt was launched
INTERNET CURBS: People are rushing to erase their digital footprints after police given powers over online activity, although it might take years for the full effect to be felt At midnight on Tuesday, the Great Firewall of China, the vast apparatus that limits the country’s Internet, appeared to descend on Hong Kong. Unveiling expanded police powers as part of contentious new national security legislation, the Hong Kong government enabled police to censor online speech, and force Internet service providers to hand over user information and shut down platforms. Many residents, already anxious since the legislation took effect last week, rushed to erase their digital footprint of any signs of dissent or support for the past year of protests. Hong Kong Legislator Charles Mok (莫乃光), a pro-democracy member of the Legislative
‘SUICIDE’: Media reports said Park Won-soon went missing on Thursday after a staff member filed a sexual harassment claim against him this week Seoul mayor Park Won-soon, viewed as a potential candidate for the 2022 presidential election, was found dead of an apparent suicide hours after he was reported missing, police said, adding that he was the subject of an undisclosed investigation. In a note he is thought to have left behind on his desk, Park offered his apologies. “I thank everyone who was with me in my life. I apologize to my family for only making them suffer from pain,” according to the note that was released by his office yesterday. Park, in his letter, asked to be cremated and have his remains spread
RISKY BUSINESS: The Chinese firm has stockpiled 500,000 pieces of 5G equipment not covered by US sanctions, but fears a wider ban could be announced in the UK Huawei Technologies Co believes it can supply 5G hardware unaffected by US sanctions to the UK for the next five years, sidestepping the expected conclusion of British emergency review on Tuesday. The company has stockpiled 500,000 pieces of kit, but fears a wider ban on its equipment is to be unveiled to placate rebel British Conservative Party lawmakers, who say that the Chinese supplier represents a national security risk. The British government on Friday said that it was “very likely” that British Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden would make a statement to parliament on Tuesday