Body found in suitcase
A University of Hong Kong professor has been arrested on suspicion of killing his wife after police found a body stuffed in a suitcase in his office, the latest grisly murder to transfix the territory. Officers discovered the body of a woman, clad only in underwear and with electric wire around her neck, in a suitcase inside the office of 53-year-old Cheung Kie-chung (張祺忠), who had reported his wife missing on Monday last week, saying that she had not returned home after an argument. Police on Tuesday afternoon searched Cheung’s office. “There was blood seeping out from the suitcase and it stank,” a police superintendent told reporters.
UN Rohingya probe rejected
The government yesterday rejected the findings of a UN probe alleging genocide by its military against the Rohingya, after the US and other countries joined growing calls for the accused to face justice. The UN Security Council on Tuesday called for the military leaders to be held accountable for genocide toward the Rohingya Muslim minority. “We didn’t allow the FFM [the UN Fact-Finding Mission] to enter ... that’s why we don’t agree and accept any resolutions made by the Human Rights Council,” the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper quoted government spokesman Zaw Htay as saying.
Half of LGBT teens self-harm
Almost one-half of teenagers who are LGBT or questioning their sexuality have self-harmed, according to a study released yesterday that found they have significantly lower life satisfaction than their peers. Homophobic bullying and “highly gendered” environments were adding to pressure on young people struggling with their sexuality, the report from The Children’s Society said. “There’s still an awful lot of stigma,” the charity’s policy and research manager Richard Crellin said. “There are still too many schools where being called gay is an insult.”
Trump blames China, Google
President Donald Trump early yesterday said China hacked the e-mails of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, but did not offer any evidence or further information. “Hillary Clinton’s Emails, many of which are Classified Information, got hacked by China,” he tweeted a little after midnight. In a similar pre-dawn tweet on Tuesday, Trump accused Google and other US tech companies of rigging search results about him “so that almost all stories & news is BAD.” A top adviser said the White House was “taking a look” at whether Google should face federal regulation even though Trump is offering no evidence of such bias. Google pushed back sharply, saying: “We never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment.”
Korean drills could resume
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Tuesday said large-scale military exercises in South Korea might resume, as negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program stall. There has been little progress toward the US goal of North Korean denuclearization since President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in June. “We took the step to suspend several of the largest exercises as a good-faith measure coming out of the Singapore summit,” Mattis said at a news conference. “We have no plans at this time to suspend any more exercises.”
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
Dark matter, mysterious invisible stuff that makes up most of the mass of galaxies, including the Milky Way, is confounding scientists again, with new observations of distant galaxies conflicting with the current understanding of its nature. Research published this week revealed an unexpected discrepancy between observations of dark matter concentrations in three massive clusters of galaxies encompassing trillions of stars and theoretical computer simulations of how dark matter should be distributed. “Either there is a missing ingredient in the simulations or we have made a fundamental incorrect assumption about the nature of dark matter,” Yale University astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan, a coauthor of