Refinery blaze injures eight
A fire yesterday erupted at a refinery in the country’s south following an explosion, injuring at least eight people and forcing authorities to evacuate local residents, police said. The explosion took place at about 5:30am at a site run by the Bayernoil group near the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt. Three of the victims suffered “medium or serious injuries,” police said in a statement. About 1,800 residents of the nearby towns of Vohburg and Irsching were evacuated as a precautionary measure. “The work to extinguish the flames is continuing,” police said. About 200 firefighters were at the scene, they added.
Obama, Bush nod to McCain
Late senator John McCain was yesterday to get a presidential farewell, but not from the sitting president. At his request, former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush were to speak about the six-term senator at his final Washington event at the majestic Washington National Cathedral. President Donald Trump was told to stay away from all events during McCain’s five-day, cross-country funeral procession. Before the service yesterday, McCain’s procession was to pass the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where McCain’s wife, Cindy, was expected to lay a wreath.
‘Ghost ship’ found adrift
A rusting cargo ship empty of crew and goods and bearing the Indonesian flag was found drifting off the coast of Myanmar earlier this week, Yangon police said on Thursday. Fishers came across the vessel, bearing the name Sam Ratulangi PB 1600, floating in the Gulf of Martaban about 11km from the shore of the country’s commercial capital. The ship was being towed to neighboring Bangladesh, state-run media reported. Authorities and navy personnel boarded the vessel to investigate the situation, police said in a statement on Facebook. The ship’s transponder last reported its location off the coast of Taiwan in 2009.
Hanged hunter in coma
A 70-year-old Oregon hunter who was rescued after hanging upside-down for two days about 9m from the ground is in intensive care in a drug-induced coma. The East Oregonian on Friday reported that Eddie Voelker, of Prineville, was on a ventilator and has had a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain. Another hunter found Voelker suspended from the tree earlier this week. Voelker had fallen from his tree stand and become entangled in his safety harness. Crews used a bucket truck to reach him and his heart stopped during the rescue, the report said.
UN rights team expelled
The government of President Daniel Ortega is expelling a UN human rights team two days after the body published a critical report blaming it for the violent repression of opposition protests. A UN human rights official who was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation on Friday said that the team was told to leave the country. An official statement was expected later. The UN Security Council is to discuss the situation in the country on Wednesday, the official said. The report released on Wednesday last week by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights described repression that stretched from the streets to courtrooms, where some protesters face terrorism charges.
Japan said it opposed changes to the G7 nations as it pushed back against a reform plan by US President Donald Trump that would have rival South Korea this year join in an expanded meeting. Tokyo has told the US it stands against South Korea’s participation on the grounds of differences in policy on China and North Korea, Kyodo News reported this weekend, citing more than one source related to Japanese and US diplomacy. Japan also wants to maintain its status as the only Asian country in the group, the news agency added. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga yesterday told reporters that
The onset of summer has sparked a rise in incidents of “mask rage” in South Korea as more hot and bothered commuters either refuse to wear face coverings or leave parts of their faces exposed. In South Korea, Japan and other countries in East Asia, widespread mask wearing has been cited as one possible explanation for the region’s relative success in bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control. South Korea, one of the first countries outside China to be affected by the virus, flattened the coronavirus curve in April, although it is now struggling with dozens of daily cases, mainly in and around
‘WOULD NOT COMPLY’: The company’s user data are kept in Singapore and it would not turn the data over to Beijing even if asked, TikTok chief executive Kevin Mayer said Social media app TikTok has distanced itself from Beijing after India banned 59 Chinese apps in the country, according to a correspondence seen by Reuters. In a letter to the Indian government dated on Sunday last week and seen by Reuters on Friday, TikTok chief executive Kevin Mayer said the Chinese government has never requested user data, nor would the company turn it over if asked. TikTok, which is not available in China, is owned by China’s ByteDance, but has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots to appeal to a global audience. Along with 58 other Chinese apps, including Tencent
PLAYING THE VICTIM? A Chinese spokesman sent a statement to Australian media saying that Beijing had ‘irrefutable’ evidence of Canberra’s widescale espionage Australia yesterday unveiled the “largest-ever” boost in cybersecurity spending, days after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke out about a wave of state-sponsored attacks suspected to have been carried out by China. Morrison and government officials said the country would spend an additional A$1.35 billion (US$928 million) on cybersecurity, about a 10 percent hike, taking the budget for the next decade to A$15 billion. The largest chunk of the new money would help create 500 jobs within the Australian Signals Directorate, the government’s communications intelligence agency. Morrison on June 19 said that a “state-based actor” was targeting a host of