Swine fever reported
The country on Friday reported its first outbreak of African swine fever and had culled 336 pigs as it tried to prevent the spread of the disease, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said. Toutbreak in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, began on Wednesday and was ongoing, a notification on the OIE Web site said. The disease is not harmful to humans, but causes hemorrhagic fever in domesticated swine and wild boar that almost always ends in death within a few days. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization in May warned of the risk of the spread of African swine fever from Russia.
Officials race to save orca
Officials were weighing all options to save an emaciated endangered orca, including feeding it live salmon at sea dosed with medicine. Biologists are worried about the survival of the four-year-old female orca known as J-50. Experts are taking breath and poop samples, and aerial photographs to assess her health, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries spokesman Michael Milstein said. They are also exploring ways to deliver live fish and oral medication to the orca, he said. Extreme conservation efforts are needed to save the whale, wildlife veterinarian Joe Gaydos with SeaDoc Society said. There are just 75 of the black-and-white orcas that frequent Washington state waters. A calf died shortly after birth, and its mother has spent days keeping it afloat.
Woman fined over ‘niqab’
A 28-year-old woman wearing a niqab on Friday became the first person in the country to be fined for violating a new controversial law banning full-face Islamic veils in public places, local media reported. Police were called to a shopping center in Horsholm, in the northeastern region of Nordsjaelland, where the woman had become involved in a scuffle with another woman who had tried to tear her niqab off, police officer David Borchersen told the Ritzau news agency. “During the fight her niqab came off, but by the time we arrived she had put it back on again,” Borchersen said. The woman was informed she would receive a fine of 1,000 kroner (US$156).
Ai Weiwei studio razed
Artist Ai Weiwei (艾未未) said authorities have begun razing his Beijing studio. The frequent government critic said on his Instagram account the demolition began on Friday without prior notice and posted videos of an excavator smashing the windows of his “Zuoyou” studio. The studio in the northeast Beijing suburbs has been Ai’s primary work space since 2006, although his has mostly been based in Europe in the past few years. It is unclear whether the demolition was targeting Ai. Beijing authorities have demolished large swaths of the suburbs in the past year in a building safety campaign, typically giving at least several days’ notice.
Goats invade neighborhood
More than 100 goats on Friday burst into a neighborhood in Boise, Idaho, startling residents and captivating spectators on social media as they feasted on lawns, flower bushes and tree leaves. The herd of goats had been at work clearing some land for the county when scores of the inquisitive animals escaped at about 7am and wandered into a West Boise suburb, their owner said.
FOX HUNT: To suppress dissent, Chinese living abroad that Xi Jinping sees as threats are told to either return to China or commit suicide, Christopher Wray said Chinese agents have been pursuing hundreds of Chinese nationals living in the US in an effort to force their return, as part of a global campaign against the country’s diaspora, known as Operation Fox Hunt, FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday. In a speech about the security threat posed by China, during which he said Beijing’s counterintelligence work was the “greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality,” Wray gave the example of one Fox Hunt target who was given a choice of going back to China or killing themselves. Fox Hunt was launched
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