Putin gifts Xi ice cream
Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday brought a chilly gift for his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping (習近平), as they met on the sidelines of the G20 summit: a tub of ice cream. “I promised to bring it for you. And I’ve brought you a whole box of ice cream,” Putin said. Xi thanked the Russian president for his “kindness,” before adding that he had developed a taste for Russian ice cream on his many official visits to Moscow.
Clown sightings irk locals
Reported sightings of silent, menacing clowns in northeastern South Carolina might be part of a horror movie publicity stunt or an elaborate hoax, but they are no laughing matter for parents and police. Over the past two weeks, residents have told authorities they have spotted clowns on at least eight occasions. One theory is that the clowns are connected to the release of the independent horror movie 31 by director Rob Zombie. A preview of the movie, which features a gang of sadistic clowns, screened on Thursday evening at a theater in Greenville. Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller told reporters that investigators do not know if the sightings had any connection with the movie, whether it was one or more people looking for “kicks” or something more sinister.
Couple puts child in dryer
Police say they have arrested a North Carolina mother and her boyfriend after they put a child under 12 into a clothes dryer. Burlington Police Sergeant Jennifer Matherly said in a news release that the child suffered minor injuries and was given to relatives after officers investigated the case on Friday. Matherly said the child’s mother, 25-year-old Heather Rowland, is charged with misdemeanor child abuse and her boyfriend, 37-year-old Eric Chambers, is charged with assault on a child under 12. Both remain in jail after bond was set. It was not known if they had attorneys.
Jail visitor shoots officers
Two unarmed officers were critically injured after being shot by a visitor in the lobby of a central California jail, authorities said on Saturday. Correctional Officers Juanita Davila and Toamalama Scanlan were shot in the head and neck areas during a struggle with a man who tried to cut to the front of the visitors’ line and refused to take a seat when he began pacing near a secure area of the Fresno County jail, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said. Officers from the secured areas inside the jail ran to the lobby, where a lieutenant fired shots at the gunman, identified as 37-year-old Thong Vang. Botti said Vang returned fire, but no one was hit. When confronted by sheriff’s deputies and a Fresno police officer, Vang dropped his weapon and told authorities he wanted to be arrested, Botti said.
Mother held after baby dies
A British mother was on Saturday arrested after her five-month-old baby was found dead during a family holiday in southwest France, a judicial official said. The woman in her 30s and her husband were staying with their two children, the baby and a three-year-old, at a holiday home in the Bayonne area. Saturday was the last day of their week-long holiday and the father woke up early and left the bedroom which all four were apparently sharing, the official said. The mother got up around 9am and it was then that the father discovered that the baby was dead.
‘SERIOUS QUESTIONS’: Three US senators sent a letter to the US commerce secretary asking whether the project ‘takes into consideration national security requirements’ US Senator Chuck Schumer and two other Democratic colleagues have written to top US administration officials asking for details of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd’s (TSMC) plan to build a US$12 billion fab in Arizona. Hsinchu-based TSMC on Thursday last week announced that it would build a plant to make 5 nanometer chips by 2024 that would have the capacity to produce 20,000 semiconductor wafers per month. The world’s biggest contract chipmaker already has one chipmaking fab in Camas, Washington, and design centers in Austin, Texas, and San Jose, California. It said it planned to start construction in Arizona next year and
VULNERABLE: Many women do not report sexual harassment by their landlord over fears they could lose the roof over their head, an expert said A growing number of landlords are asking tenants for sex in exchange for housing as COVID-19 lockdowns and job cuts have left many struggling to pay their rent, housing experts said. A survey by the National Fair Housing Alliance of more than 100 fair housing groups combating discrimination across the US found that 13 percent had seen an increase in sexual harassment complaints during the pandemic. “If I did not have sex with him, he was going to put me out,” one woman facing eviction by her property manager told the alliance in an podcast on its Web site. “As a single
MOM’S LONG CAMPAIGN: Mao Yin had been brought up in Mianyang, Sichuan Province, without any idea that he was the target of a decades-long, high-profile search A Chinese man who was stolen from his family as a toddler has been reunited with his parents after 32 years. Mao Yin (毛寅), then two-and-a-half years old, was snatched in 1988 when he was walking home from nursery with his father. His parents finally embraced him again on Monday in Xian, where he was born. After Mao vanished, his mother Li Jingzhi (李靜芝) quit her job and launched a decades-long search for her son, that included sending out more than 100,000 flyers and appearing on numerous TV shows. That long campaign helped 29 other families find their own missing children and made
HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES? An institute of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security and a company are to be sanctioned over ‘human rights violations and abuses’ The US Department of Commerce on Friday said that it would sanction a Chinese government institute and eight companies over alleged human rights abuses against Uighurs and other minorities in China’s western Xinjiang region. “These nine parties are complicit in human rights violations and abuses committed in China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs and other members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region,” the department said in a statement. The Chinese Ministry of Public Security’s Institute of Forensic Science and Aksu Huafu Textiles Co are to be sanctioned “for