K-Pop’s BTS unveil campaign
K-Pop sensation BTS brought their star power to the UN on Monday, telling the world’s youth to listen to their inner voice and resist pressure to conform. “No matter who you are, where you’re from, your skin color, your gender identity, just speak yourself,” group leader Kim Nam-jun told a packed hall at the launch of a UNICEF youth campaign. Dubbed “Generation Unlimited,” the campaign to promote education, training and employment kicked off during the annual gathering of world leaders at the UN. Kim Nam-jun, who also calls himself RM, spoke of growing up in Ilsan and being “just a normal little boy” until self-doubt settled in at the age of nine or 10. “I have many faults and I have many more fears but I am going to embrace myself as hard as I can and I am starting to love myself,” he said.
‘First baby’ sees UN debut
With a mock security pass that lists her as the “first baby” of New Zealand, three-month-old Neve Te Aroha on Monday made her UN debut when her mother — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern — spoke at a peace summit at the UN General Assembly. “I wish I could have captured the startled look on a Japanese delegation inside U.N. yesterday who walked into a meeting room in the middle of a nappy change,” Ardern’s partner, Clarke Gayford, who is the baby’s full-time caregiver, wrote on Twitter earlier on Monday after posting a photograph of Neve’s UN security pass.
Couple’s bodies found
The bodies of a wealthy British retiree and his Thai wife were found yesterday buried on their own property, a week after an alleged contract killing ordered by the woman’s brother, police said. Alan Hogg was shot while his wife, Nhot Suddaen, was bludgeoned to death with a hammer at their villa in the northern province of Phrae by men paid 50,000 baht (US$1,541). Their bodies were discovered yesterday morning in graves 2m deep on their own land, Colonel Manas Kerdsukho, police commander in Phrae, told reporters. “The motive for the killings was a long-running internal family conflict, feuds and property,” he said.
Trump-Kim talks to be ‘soon’
US President Donald Trump on Monday said he expected that a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would be announced “pretty soon,” and that the location had yet to be determined. “Chairman Kim has been really very open and terrific, frankly. I think he wants to see something happen,” said Trump during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the UN. Moon said he brought Trump a personal message from Kim and that the North Korean leader was hoping to meet with the US president soon.
Baby body kept in coin locker
Tokyo police yesterday said that they had arrested a 49-year-old woman suspected of dumping a stillborn baby’s body in a coin locker, amid reports that she had moved the corpse around for as many as five years. “The suspect ... left and abandoned the body of an infant inside the locker,” near Uguisudani Station, a Tokyo police spokeswoman told reporters. According to local media, the unemployed woman confessed that she had been storing the body in lockers since suffering a stillbirth “four or five years ago.” “I panicked after I did not give birth to a living child and kept the body as I could not dispose of it,” she told investigators, according to Kyodo News.
‘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
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
‘FIGHT FOR FREEDOM’: Hong Kongers will never bow to Beijing, the advocate said, while the US’ envoy to the territory called China’s new security law a ‘tragedy’ The world must stand in solidarity with Hong Kongers after Beijing imposed sweeping national security legislation on the semi-autonomous territory, advocate Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) said yesterday, vowing to continue campaigning for democracy. Wong, one of the territory’s most prominent young advocates and a figure loathed by Beijing, was speaking outside a court where he and fellow advocates are being prosecuted for involvement in last year’s pro-democracy protests. China last week enacted sweeping security legislation for the restless territory, banning acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. The legislation has sent a wave of fear through the territory, and criminalized dissenting
A squad of gun-toting police officers patrolled Myanmar’s sacred site of Bagan under the cover of night, taking on plunderers snatching relics from temples forsaken by tourists due to COVID-19 restrictions. Each evening as dusk falls, about 100 officers fan out across the plain of Bagan covering 50km2, sweeping flashlights over the crumbling monuments to scour for intruders. “Our security forces are patrolling day and night,” Police Lieutenant Colonel Sein Win told reporters. “We have it under control for the moment, but it’s a challenge.” The central Burmese city is strewn with more than 3,500 ancient monuments — stupas, temples, murals and sculptures