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VIETNAM

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.

AUSTRALIA

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.

GAZA STRIP

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.

NORTH KOREA

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.

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