Woman to appeal execution
A defense lawyer has said the top court would hear the final appeal of a Christian woman who has been on death row since 2010 after being convicted of insulting Islam’s Prophet Mohammed. The Supreme Court is to take up Asia Bibi’s appeal tomorrow, her lawyer, Saiful Malook, said yesterday. Bibi’s first appeal was in 2014 dismissed by the Lahore High Court, but the Supreme Court stayed her execution in 2015.
No flag, no fleet review
The nation on Friday announced that it would not send a warship to an international fleet review hosted by South Korea next week, because it could not accept Seoul’s request that it remove the Japanese navy’s “rising sun” flag. The nation had notified the South Korean government of its decision, Minister of Defense Takeshi Iwaya told reporters. “Unfortunately, we have come to a situation where we have no choice but to pass on our participation in the international fleet review,” Iwaya said. Many South Koreans see the flag as a symbol of Japan’s World War II aggression, and protested its use during the Oct. 10 to 14 event near Jeju Island. South Korea’s navy expressed regret over Japan’s withdrawal, but said it must not affect efforts to improve relations between their naval forces.
‘CPR’ saves stunned squirrel
A motionless squirrel apparently stunned by a passing car has been revived by the driver, who performed chest compressions beside a Minnesota road. Police officers on patrol in the suburb of Brooklyn Park thought that the man might be performing CPR. In a police video posted on Facebook, the man tells the officers that he swerved to avoid the animal, adding that he did not believe that he had struck it. In the clip, the man flips the squirrel onto its belly and as he strokes its back, the animal starts to come to, eventually darting away as an officer says: “There he goes! You saved his life, dude!”
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Angry mob kills Chinese
The government has said that three Chinese have been killed and three others wounded in an attack by community members angry about the disappearance of their youth leader. The act would not go unpunished, government spokesman Ange Maxime Kazagui said on Friday, adding that the Chinese were killed by crowds on Thursday while waiting at the gendarmerie as part of an investigation into the disappearance. The youth leader’s brother, Mathurin Dimbele-Nakoe, described the Chinese as employees of a mining company and said they had asked for accompaniment to a mining site on the river. Their boat tipped and the youth leader has not been found.
Banksy shreds auction
Girl With Balloon, a painting by the Banksy, was destroyed on Friday at a Sotheby’s auction in London in an apparent prank by the anonymous and mischievous artist. Immediately after the painting had been sold to a phone bidder for ￡1.04 million (US$1.2 million), part of it was mysteriously shredded, according to Sotheby’s. “We’ve just been Banksy-ed,” Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s European head of contemporary art, said at a news conference following the auction. The Financial Times reported that the painting was shredded by a contraption that seemed to be hidden in the frame. Banksy, who made his reputation as a street artist known for provocative and sometimes politically charged stencils, protects his identity.
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
‘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
‘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