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Chinese activity ‘escalates’

Chinese military activity has been escalating in the East China Sea, with a spike in emergency jet scrambles in the past three months, Self-Defense Forces head Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano yesterday said at a regular news briefing in Tokyo. “It appears that Chinese activity is escalating at sea and in the air,” Kawano said. Air force jet scrambles rose by more than 80 in the three months ending on Thursday from 114 a year earlier, he said. Detailed figures for the period are due to be announced next week. Kawano also said that Tokyo was “very concerned” about how China would react to the expected ruling by an international court on Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea on July 12.


Homeless man crushed

A homeless man whose dismembered body was found crushed in cardboard bales was likely picked up by a recycling truck while sleeping rough, police said. The remains of Daniel Bindner were found on Tuesday at a cardboard processing plant in Hamilton, about 30km from his hometown of Te Awamutu on the North Island. Police investigating the grisly discovery said the 40-year-old father-of-three was last seen on June 21 and had been reported missing on Monday. They said he was believed to have been sleeping rough in the days before his death. “At this stage, we believe Mr Binder’s body was transported from the Te Awamutu area in a recycling truck to Oji Fibre Solutions in Hamilton,” Detective Inspector Hywel Jones said. Cardboard at the plant is processed into bales. Jones said a post mortem into the cause of death had proved inconclusive and the investigation was continuing, appealing for witnesses who saw Bindner on the streets.


Kim gets new title

The nation’s parliament on Wednesday awarded Kim Jong-un a new post, adding to a long list of titles for the young leader. Kim was made chairman of the State Affairs Commission, a new body established under a revised constitution adopted by the parliament and which replaces the National Defense Commission, state media reported yesterday. His full title is now the Dear Respected Comrade Kim Jong-un, Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army. Kim, believed to be in his early 30s, attended the assembly meeting on Wednesday. He also holds the rank of marshal in the military, and is more usually referred to as “our marshal” in propaganda.


Police to have body cameras

Cleveland police officers will have body cameras affixed to their riot gear during the Republican National Convention this month. The Arizona company TASER International said it would loan 300 mounting units to the city that will allow officers to attach the body cameras to their riot gear to record interactions between police and the public. The four-day convention beginning on July 18 is expected to draw tens of thousands of people — including thousands of protesters. The city plans to bring in thousands of officers from police departments across the country to help with security. A Cleveland police spokeswoman told that it would be up to those departments to determine whether their officers would wear body cameras.


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