Chinese sex gang busted
Police have arrested 25 Chinese nationals suspected of forming a criminal gang whose primary business was trafficking and sexually exploiting women in Barcelona brothels. Eleven of the 25 arrested on Monday last week have been detained pending further investigation, police said in a statement on Wednesday. The rest were released without charges, but their passports were confiscated. Twenty-two Chinese women who had been forced to work as prostitutes were freed during the operation, which followed nearly eight months of investigation. The gang is also suspected of attempted murder, growing and dealing cannabis, among other drugs, and of having criminal connections in the Netherlands, Britain and Canada.
Wanted: partner for flamingo
A legislator has filed a measure to find a partner for a lone pink flamingo that has drawn tourists to his district for the past eight years. Joel Franqui Atiles said that new businesses have opened in the northern coastal town of Camuy thanks to the jump in tourism, El Nuevo Dia newspaper reported on Wednesday. Atiles said he wanted to find a partner for the flamingo to keep attracting visitors and ensure that the bird remains healthy and protected. Flamingos are a rare sight in the nation, so the lone bird drew hordes of curious onlookers when it first appeared in Camuy in January 2009. It has since remained in the area.
Man’s DAPA status valid
The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday reversed its position on the status of a man who has sued over his deportation to Mexico, acknowledging he was enrolled in a program to shield people who came to the country as young children. Juan Manuel Montes, 23, was entitled to stay until Jan. 25 next year under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DAPA) program, said the department, which broke from its position a day earlier that his status expired in August 2015 and was not renewed. However, it said Montes acknowledged under oath that he entered the country illegally on Feb. 19, forcing him to lose status because it was an admission that he left without required permission. Montes’ attorneys say their client is believed to be the first known DACA recipient to be deported by President Donald Trump.
Dying man gets ‘last wish’
A 75-year-old man died “peacefully” at his home in Oregon after his ex-wife led him to believe that President Donald Trump had been impeached. Michael Garland Elliott died earlier this month after Teresa Elliott, his ex-wife and best friend, broke the false news to him, according to his obituary published in the Oregonian. “Upon hearing that he took his final, gentle breath, his earthly work concluded,” the obituary said. Teresa Elliott told several media outlets that her ex-husband was appalled by Trump’s election and she wrongly told him he had been impeached so he could die happy. Michael Elliott, who was born in Virginia and later moved to California, was a Porsche enthusiast and was passionate about golf, the humourous obituary said. Although his marriage to Teresa Elliott ended, the pair had remained friends after their divorce “and hers was the last voice Mike heard,” it said. Dozens of tributes have been posted on the Oregonian’s “guest book” to honor the man. “This was the best dang obituary I’ve ever read,” one person wrote. “May its words be prophecy.”
INTERNET CURBS: People are rushing to erase their digital footprints after police given powers over online activity, although it might take years for the full effect to be felt At midnight on Tuesday, the Great Firewall of China, the vast apparatus that limits the country’s Internet, appeared to descend on Hong Kong. Unveiling expanded police powers as part of contentious new national security legislation, the Hong Kong government enabled police to censor online speech, and force Internet service providers to hand over user information and shut down platforms. Many residents, already anxious since the legislation took effect last week, rushed to erase their digital footprint of any signs of dissent or support for the past year of protests. Hong Kong Legislator Charles Mok (莫乃光), a pro-democracy member of the Legislative
‘SUICIDE’: Media reports said Park Won-soon went missing on Thursday after a staff member filed a sexual harassment claim against him this week Seoul mayor Park Won-soon, viewed as a potential candidate for the 2022 presidential election, was found dead of an apparent suicide hours after he was reported missing, police said, adding that he was the subject of an undisclosed investigation. In a note he is thought to have left behind on his desk, Park offered his apologies. “I thank everyone who was with me in my life. I apologize to my family for only making them suffer from pain,” according to the note that was released by his office yesterday. Park, in his letter, asked to be cremated and have his remains spread
RISKY BUSINESS: The Chinese firm has stockpiled 500,000 pieces of 5G equipment not covered by US sanctions, but fears a wider ban could be announced in the UK Huawei Technologies Co believes it can supply 5G hardware unaffected by US sanctions to the UK for the next five years, sidestepping the expected conclusion of British emergency review on Tuesday. The company has stockpiled 500,000 pieces of kit, but fears a wider ban on its equipment is to be unveiled to placate rebel British Conservative Party lawmakers, who say that the Chinese supplier represents a national security risk. The British government on Friday said that it was “very likely” that British Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden would make a statement to parliament on Tuesday
“Leaving a place that I love was very difficult. We’re all Hong Kong people who come out to protest because we love Hong Kong. But now we are forced to leave.” *Jay* is a former Hong Kong resident who attended many of last year’s protests, including on the front lines. He was arrested and charged with riot offenses, but fled the territory when he was being released on bail several months ago. He is now among dozens of Hong Kong residents seeking political asylum in Australia, and he has no expectation of returning home. “When I was taking the bus to the