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HONG KONG

Dissident sent to Taiwan

A prominent US-based Chinese dissident was denied entry to Hong Kong on Friday and deported to Taiwan. Yang Jianli (楊建利) was refused entry into Hong Kong when he arrived on a flight from the US via Taiwan, public broadcaster RTHK reported late on Friday. Yang was scheduled to attend a two-day academic forum, according to RTHK. An immigration department spokesman declined to confirm Yang’s deportation, saying it would not comment on individual cases. US permanent resident Yang spent five years in jail in China on charges of spying and illegal entry in a case which sparked criticism from the US and the UN. He was released in 2007. The activist fled China following the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protests.

PHILIPPINES

US envoy texts apology

The US ambassador to the Philippines has apologized for his controversial remark that 40 percent of male tourists visit the country for sex, the foreign department said yesterday. Harry Thomas sent the apology through a cellphone text message to Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario on Friday, a spokesman said. In a statement, the US embassy confirmed that Thomas had expressed “deep regret” for his remark. Last month, Thomas sparked a furor when he said: “Forty percent of foreign men who come to the Philippines, including from the US, come for sex tourism.” Government officials quickly disputed the claim, complaining that the envoy’s remark had hurt the Philippines’ image. “I am sending you a response expressing regret for my comments. I should not have used the 40 percent statistic without the ability to back it up,” the spokesman quoted Thomas as saying in his text message.

CHINA

Holiday crashes kill 56

Three major road accidents in China killed 56 people on the last day of a week-long holiday, including 35 people who died after a bus collided with a car on a northern expressway, state media reported yesterday. The Xinhua news agency said that the bus flipped over after crashing into a car in the port city of Tianjin on Friday afternoon, injuring 18 others. Xinhua cited a Tianjin traffic official as saying the bus was speeding and that many passengers were thrown out of the vehicle when it hit the car and rolled over. In eastern Anhui province, at least 10 people died and 19 were injured in a 24-vehicle pileup on an expressway as foggy weather reduced visibility, the Beijing News daily said. Eleven people in a van were killed after a truck crashed into the vehicle in central Henan Province, the newspaper said. Friday was the end of a week-long holiday to mark China’s National Day.

UNITED STATES

Fukushima rules relaxed

Washington has eased its advice for travelers to the environs of the nuclear plant that suffered meltdown after the March quake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. The Department of State on Friday advised US citizens to avoid going within 20km of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant — in line with Japan’s own no-go zone. The previous US travel alert of July 19 recommended staying at least 80km away. The latest announcement said Americans staying for more than a year within that area should consult with local authorities on radiation levels. Tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate from around the plant following the quake. The nuclear crisis is the worst radiation leak since Chernobyl.

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