Canadian faces drug charges
A Canadian is to appear before the Liaoning People’s High Court tomorrow on drug charges, a government-run news portal said. The court identified the man as Robert Lloyd Schellenberg. In a brief statement published on Wednesday, the court said he is appealing a drug smuggling case at 2pm, but gave no further details. The news portal, runsky.com, said that Schellenberg is Canadian and had smuggled an “enormous amount” of drugs. China still has the death penalty for drug trafficking. Another Canadian, a woman named Sarah McIver, is also being held pending deportation for working illegally.
Consulate attacker killed
A separatist leader who authorities blamed for masterminding last month’s attack on China’s consulate in Karachi has been killed in Afghanistan, officials and Baluch Liberation Army spokesman Jeeyand Baloch said on Wednesday. The spokesman said that their top leader, Aslam Baloch, and five of his associates were “martyred” in a blast. An Afghan official said that six people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a house on Tuesday in Kandahar.
Two drown in golf accident
The bodies of two South Koreans who drowned while golfing have been found, police said yesterday, after their wives’ cart collided with their own, knocking them into a river. The group were on a ferry preparing to cross a river that runs through the course when the men in one cart were accidentally rammed by their wives in another. The impact threw them all into the river, district police Lieutenant Colonel Suwat Suawatmontri said. The women were rescued by nearby fishers. More than 50 rescue workers were involved in the search for Sung Jun-yong, 68, and Ha Jae-oong, 76. One body was found last night about 2km from the accident site, while the other was discovered by villagers yesterday morning “floating near a temple,” Suwat said.
Blast hurts two by church
A police officer and a church caretaker were injured in an explosion as they investigated a suspicious package outside a church in Athens early yesterday. The blast occurred at about 7am outside Agios Dionysios in the upscale Kolonaki area of the capital, ahead of a service to mark St Stephen’s Day, police said. Neither of the men had injuries that were life-threatening, police and church officials said. Father Symeon Voliotis told Hellenic Broadcasting Corp that the caretaker found the explosive device at the front entrance of the church, moved it and alerted police.
Boy calls police over gifts
A young boy enraged by his paltry selection of Christmas presents called the police, who sent officers to his home to investigate on Tuesday. Having dialed the emergency hotline, the child told police that he had not received any of the gifts he had requested for Christmas. “The officers arrived and found a very angry little boy,” a Zetel police spokesman said, according to the Nordwest Zeitung. Since they had a quiet shift, the police decided to play along and launched an investigation. They first examined the initial list that the child had composed, then compared it with each of the gifts offered to him and held a family mediation session. Police were able to resolve the dispute by persuading the boy that Santa Claus must have confused his wish list with that of another child.
RALLYING A DEFENSE: Former envoys wrote an op-ed piece defending Anna Lindstedt, who was removed for attempting to free Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai in China Sweden’s former ambassador to Beijing goes on trial in Stockholm on Friday for allegedly overstepping her mandate by trying to negotiate the release of a Chinese-Swedish dissident held in China. Anna Lindstedt is accused of brokering an unauthorized meeting during her time as ambassador to free publisher Gui Minhai (桂民海). Lindstedt — a veteran envoy who had previously represented Sweden in both Vietnam and Mexico, and acted as Sweden’s chief negotiator at the 2015 climate summit in Paris — has denied the charges. Gui, a Chinese-born Swedish citizen known for publishing gossipy titles about Chinese political leaders out of a Hong Kong book
‘SACRIFICED’: Hu Weifeng became the sixth doctor to die from COVID-19 at Wuhan Central Hospital, where calls to raise the alarm over the virus were suppressed The death of a Chinese doctor at Wuhan’s “whistle-blower hospital” has prompted a wave of anger at hospital authorities for not protecting front-line health workers in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. Hu Weifeng (胡衛鋒), 42, a urologist at Wuhan Central Hospital where the whistle-blower ophthalmologist Li Wenliang (李文亮) worked, died of the virus on Tuesday after a four-month battle. Hu is the sixth doctor from his hospital killed by the virus. Another doctor who spoke out, Ai Fen (艾芬), said that authorities told hospital staff not to wear protective gear so as not to cause panic and reprimanded her for “harming
‘LEAST WE CAN DO’: The gesture was made famous by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was protesting police brutality that targeted minorities They are images that surprised and moved Americans: police officers taking a knee alongside protesters in the most widespread civil unrest to rock the US in decades — and in doing so embracing an anti-racism gesture denounced by US President Donald Trump. As Trump pushes for a crackdown on often-violent protests over the death of George Floyd, police officers from New York to Los Angeles to Houston, Texas, are making gestures of solidarity with demonstrators incensed at the latest case of an unarmed black man dying while in police custody. “I took off the helmet and laid the batons down. Where do
From boiled catfish soup to spicy fried frog, an eight-year-old in pyjamas and a chef’s hat is delighting Myanmar with her culinary prowess in a nation still being told to stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moe Myint May Thu’s mother posted a video online at the end of April showing off her daughter’s skills as the youngster threw together some spicy fried prawns. With her wide, gap-toothed grin, the video has bounced across social media and brought stardom to the child along with an online moniker: “Little Chef.” She now sells dishes to order and is counting the dividends. “I just