Police crash activist dinner
Police on Tuesday night broke up a dinner party attended by activists in Hangzhou and detained a dozen people, an activist who attended the dinner said. Activist and blogger Wang Wusi (王五 四) said he and another 10 people were released after spending about two hours in custody. He said police held Wen Kejian (溫克堅) until yesterday morning and then released him without his cellphone or computer. Wen is a signatory of Charter 08, a document calling for democracy and the end of one-party rule. Wang yesterday said the activists had been warned by police that they were not allowed to meet for the dinner they organized in response to the recent detentions of other activists. “We just wanted to get together and discuss this because we all feel the pressure growing,” Wang said.
Study looks at student suicide
The high-pressure, exam-driven national education system is responsible for the vast majority of schoolchildren suicides, state media said yesterday, citing the 2014 Annual Report on China’s Education. A Ministry of Health journal said that about 500 primary and middle-school students kill themselves every year. A study of 79 such suicides last year found that almost 93 percent happened after arguments between the pupils and their teachers, or after the students experienced heavy pressure at school. Most killed themselves because “they could not bear the heavy pressure of the test-oriented education system,” the state-run China Daily quoted the findings as saying. The study follows a spate of suicides, including a 13-year-old boy in Jiangsu Province who hung himself this month after failing to finish his homework, the China Daily said.
Boy’s limbs found in croc
The limbs of an 11-year-old boy have been found inside a huge crocodile and his head discovered nearby where he was attacked in Siloura River in Gulf Province, a report said yesterday. The 4m croc grabbed Melas Mero as he was fishing with his parents last week, police commander Lincoln Gerari told the National newspaper. “The crocodile swept the boy with its tail and then attacked the defenseless child,” Gerari said. He added that police found two hands, two legs and a hipbone inside the crocodile after they tracked it down and killed it.
Toilet door taken for drone
The Ministry of Defense yesterday said that a suspected crashed drone was a false alarm, after it turned out to be the door of a portable toilet. An investigation team responded to a passer-by’s report of what he thought was the wreckage of a drone in a fenced-off military area in southern Seoul, only to find that the object was the broken door of a portable toilet, a ministry spokesman said. The door was a similar sky-blue color to three drones recovered in the past two months.
Seminary teacher held for rape
Police have arrested a seminary teacher and two of his friends on charges of gang raping a college girl in Mansehra, an official said yesterday. The incident took place on Monday when the seminary instructor and two companions lured the victim and a friend on the pretext of dropping them off home, then raped the girl in a moving car, police officer Zulfiqar Jadon said. The teacher confessed, but then retracted his statement, saying the two girls joined him and his friends on an outing. The case is unusual since rapes are rarely prosecuted.
FRENCH AID: Paris has sent a navy ship and aircraft from Reunion Island with some pollution control equipment, but rough seas are spreading the oil spill The operator of a Japanese bulk carrier which ran aground off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean yesterday apologized for a major oil spill, which officials and environmentalists say is creating an ecological disaster, as police prepared to board the ship. The MV Wakashio, operated by Mitsui OSK Lines, struck the reef on Mauritius’ southeast coast on July 25. “We apologize profusely and deeply for the great trouble we have caused,” Mitsui OSK Lines executive vice president Akihiko Ono said at a news conference in Tokyo. The company would “do everything in their power to resolve the issue,” he said. At least 1,000 tonnes of
They stand as eyesores to most passers-by and potential public health risks to authorities, decaying buildings wrapped in tangles of exposed wire, studded with protruding leaky plastic pipes, vegetation billowing from cracks and terraces where particulates from polluted air have accumulated over time. With skyscrapers and ultramodern developments on every side, some of these “nail houses” are also sitting on land worth millions of dollars in Shenzhen’s inferno of a property market, where new-unit and second-hand home prices rival London. In battles over land and development, the nail house phenomenon has become widespread throughout China over the past two decades, with owners
An Italian alpine resort on Friday remained on high alert over fears that a vast chunk of a glacier on the slopes of the Mont Blanc massif could plummet in high temperatures. “No one gets through! No cars, bikes or pedestrians,” was the message at a checkpoint where an automatic barrier and two guards blocked the small road snaking up into a lush valley below the Planpincieux glacier, near the town of Courmayeur and the Italian-French border. The blockade has largely been greeted with contempt by the locals, one of whom said: “It’s a joke.” The huge ice block measuring around 500,000 cubic
SHOW OF SOLIDARITY: The publisher’s ‘Apple Daily’ newspaper has had to raise the number of copies printed from 70,000 to 550,000 to meet a huge surge in demand They have occupied Hong Kong’s central business district, marched by the hundreds of thousands through the territory’s streets and endured tear gas and pepper spray in pitched battles with riot police. Hong Kong’s pro-democracy supporters are now wielding a new protest weapon: their stock-market trading accounts. To show support for Jimmy Lai (黎智英), the publisher and outspoken government critic who was on Monday arrested under the territory’s new national security legislation, Hong Kongers have been piling into shares of his media company Next Digital. The result: a more than 1,100 percent surge in two days that propelled the stock to a seven-year