Child traffickers arrested
Ministry of Public Security says police have arrested 802 people on suspicion of child trafficking and rescued 181 children in a major operation spanning 15 provinces. The ministry said the operation broke up two trafficking rings and that the ringleaders were arrested. It says the national operation was set up earlier this year after police spotted trafficking signs, including frequent appearances of out-of-town pregnant women in a clinic in Hebei Province.
Protest detainees freed
Police have released three people detained earlier this week for throwing flowerpots, bricks and stones at officers during a protest against an alloy copper plant project in Shifang, Sichuan Province. City officials also announced late on Thursday that an official was appointed as the city’s first party chief, a leadership change that may indicate further investigation into the protest. Thousands of people — concerned over the project’s environmental and public health risks — started gathered in front of the city government building and in a public square on Sunday. The protest turned violent when riot police moved to break up the rally on Monday.
London’s Shard unveiled
Europe’s tallest building has been officially unveiled in London, but its tenure as the continent’s highest skyscraper will be brief. The Shard, a 95-story tower that stands at 310m, was officially named on Thursday as the highest tower in Europe, in a ceremony carried out by Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. However, it is expected to be surpassed by Russia’s planned 332m Mercury City Tower.
Record drug seizure made
Customs officers yesterday said they had made the territory’s largest cocaine bust, after finding almost 650kg of the drug — with a street value of about US$98 million — in a shipping container. The officers, acting on a tip-off from US counterparts, seized the haul from a container from Ecuador as it was being transported to an industrial area in the New Territories on Wednesday. Three men were arrested.
Police flee rowdy hens
Police narrowly escaped an undressing after stumbling into a rowdy hens’ night in Darwin where they were mistaken for strippers by the bride-to-be and her friends. The male officers went to Humpty Doo Tavern after reports of a disturbance and were greeted by an enthusiastic group of women who shouted that the strippers had arrived. Northern Watch Commander Louise Jorgensen said the men “nearly had their shirts torn off, but they managed to escape with their dignity intact.”