Dog returns after 10 years
A Pennsylvania family has been reunited with its dog 10 years after it went missing. Debra Suierveld and her family assumed that their dog Abby had died after she ran away in 2008 from their home in Apollo. Decade-old sadness turned to joy yesterday, when Suierveld received word that someone had found the dog. George Speiring said that the black Labrador mix showed up on his front porch in Lower Burrell, 16km west of Apollo. Speiring contacted Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, which discovered the dog’s microchip and was able to contact Suierveld.
Israel blasts Holocaust bill
The Israeli embassy in Warsaw on Friday said that it has observed a “wave of anti-Semitic statements” in Poland, as a diplomatic row rages over a new bill regarding the Holocaust and the definition of Nazi death camps. The senate on Thursday passed the controversial bill that had been meant to defend the country’s image abroad, but which instead provoked Israel’s anger and drew concern from the US. The legislation, which still needs the president’s signature to take effect, was introduced to stop people from erroneously describing Nazi German death camps as Polish. However, Israel has expressed concern that the bill could serve to deny the involvement of individual Poles in the Holocaust.
Cosmonauts bungle antenna
A record-setting Russian spacewalk on Friday ended with a critical antenna in the wrong position outside the International Space Station. NASA’s Mission Control reported that the antenna was still working. It is used for communications with Russia’s Mission Control outside Moscow. The trouble arose toward the end of the more than eight-hour spacewalk — the longest-ever by Russians — after Russian Commander Alexander Misurkin and Anton Shkaplerov replaced an electronics box to upgrade the antenna. The pair watched in dismay as the antenna got hung up on the Russian side of the complex and could not be extended properly.
Refugees feared drowned
About 90 people are feared drowned after a smugglers’ boat carrying mostly Pakistani refugees capsized off Libya’s coast early on Friday, the UN’s migration agency said. Ten bodies have washed ashore near the Libyan town of Zuwara following the tragedy in the early morning, International Organization for Migration spokeswoman Olivia Headon said, citing information from its partner agencies. “We are told that two survivors swam to shore and one person was rescued by a fishing boat,” Headon said by telephone from Tunis to reporters at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. We are working to get more details on the [capsizing] and where the survivors are so that we can assist them better.”
Five killed in chopper crash
Five army officers were killed on Friday after two training helicopters crashed into each other near a lake in the country’s south, officials said, one of the deadliest such accidents involving the country’s armed forces in recent years. The collision took place near the lake of Carces, about 50km northwest of the resort of Saint-Tropez, just a few minutes after takeoff at 8:30am. All three people aboard one aircraft and the two in the other died in the crash, Marseille Prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said.
An Australian university student who has never visited China and has only a modest social media following would seem an unlikely target for the Chinese government. However, when a Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman personally denounced Drew Pavlou at a news conference, it was just the next phase in an extraordinary campaign against the 21-year-old that has fueled concerns over China’s targeting of critics overseas. Pavlou first placed himself in the superpower’s sights when in July last year he organized a small sit-in at the University of Queensland, where he studies, to protest against various Chinese government policies. Since then, the Global
‘ASKED TO MOVE OUT’: Indonesian coast guard personnel argued with a Chinese vessel over territorial claims after it entered the country’s exclusive economic zone An Indonesian patrol ship confronted a Chinese coast guard vessel that spent almost three days in waters where Indonesia claims economic rights and that are near the southernmost part of China’s disputed claims to the South China Sea. The Indonesian Maritime Security Agency on Friday night detected Chinese ship 5204 entering Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in what Indonesia calls the North Natuna Sea. The agency sent a patrol ship that closed within 1km of the Chinese coast guard vessel and they communicated to affirm their position and their nation’s claims to the area, Indonesian Maritime Security Agency head Aan Kurnia said. “We
BEFORE WINTER COMES: Snow cuts off roads into Ladakh for four months or more each year, so the crunch is on to get food, tents and high-altitude equipment to Leh From deploying mules to large transport aircraft, the Indian military has activated its entire logistics network to transport supplies to thousands of troops for a harsh winter along a bitterly disputed Himalayan border with China. In the past few months, one of India’s biggest military logistics exercises in years has brought vast quantities of ammunition, equipment, fuel, winter supplies and food into Ladakh, a region bordering Tibet that India administers as a union territory, officials said. The move was triggered by a border standoff with China in the snow deserts of Ladakh that began in May and escalated in June into hand-to-hand
Since her personal telephone number was posted online, Hong Kong democracy advocate and Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions chairperson Carol Ng has received menacing calls from strangers and been bombarded with messages calling her a “cockroach.” She is not alone. A sophisticated and shady Web site called HK Leaks has ramped up its “doxxing” — where people’s personal details are published online — of Hong Kong democracy advocates, targeting those it says have broken Hong Kong’s National Security Law. Promoted by groups linked to the Chinese Chinese Communist Party and hosted on Russia-based servers, HK Leaks has become the most prominent “doxxing”