Swine fever reported
The country on Friday reported its first outbreak of African swine fever and had culled 336 pigs as it tried to prevent the spread of the disease, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said. Toutbreak in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, began on Wednesday and was ongoing, a notification on the OIE Web site said. The disease is not harmful to humans, but causes hemorrhagic fever in domesticated swine and wild boar that almost always ends in death within a few days. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization in May warned of the risk of the spread of African swine fever from Russia.
Officials race to save orca
Officials were weighing all options to save an emaciated endangered orca, including feeding it live salmon at sea dosed with medicine. Biologists are worried about the survival of the four-year-old female orca known as J-50. Experts are taking breath and poop samples, and aerial photographs to assess her health, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries spokesman Michael Milstein said. They are also exploring ways to deliver live fish and oral medication to the orca, he said. Extreme conservation efforts are needed to save the whale, wildlife veterinarian Joe Gaydos with SeaDoc Society said. There are just 75 of the black-and-white orcas that frequent Washington state waters. A calf died shortly after birth, and its mother has spent days keeping it afloat.
Woman fined over ‘niqab’
A 28-year-old woman wearing a niqab on Friday became the first person in the country to be fined for violating a new controversial law banning full-face Islamic veils in public places, local media reported. Police were called to a shopping center in Horsholm, in the northeastern region of Nordsjaelland, where the woman had become involved in a scuffle with another woman who had tried to tear her niqab off, police officer David Borchersen told the Ritzau news agency. “During the fight her niqab came off, but by the time we arrived she had put it back on again,” Borchersen said. The woman was informed she would receive a fine of 1,000 kroner (US$156).
Ai Weiwei studio razed
Artist Ai Weiwei (艾未未) said authorities have begun razing his Beijing studio. The frequent government critic said on his Instagram account the demolition began on Friday without prior notice and posted videos of an excavator smashing the windows of his “Zuoyou” studio. The studio in the northeast Beijing suburbs has been Ai’s primary work space since 2006, although his has mostly been based in Europe in the past few years. It is unclear whether the demolition was targeting Ai. Beijing authorities have demolished large swaths of the suburbs in the past year in a building safety campaign, typically giving at least several days’ notice.
Goats invade neighborhood
More than 100 goats on Friday burst into a neighborhood in Boise, Idaho, startling residents and captivating spectators on social media as they feasted on lawns, flower bushes and tree leaves. The herd of goats had been at work clearing some land for the county when scores of the inquisitive animals escaped at about 7am and wandered into a West Boise suburb, their owner said.
FRENCH AID: Paris has sent a navy ship and aircraft from Reunion Island with some pollution control equipment, but rough seas are spreading the oil spill The operator of a Japanese bulk carrier which ran aground off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean yesterday apologized for a major oil spill, which officials and environmentalists say is creating an ecological disaster, as police prepared to board the ship. The MV Wakashio, operated by Mitsui OSK Lines, struck the reef on Mauritius’ southeast coast on July 25. “We apologize profusely and deeply for the great trouble we have caused,” Mitsui OSK Lines executive vice president Akihiko Ono said at a news conference in Tokyo. The company would “do everything in their power to resolve the issue,” he said. At least 1,000 tonnes of
They stand as eyesores to most passers-by and potential public health risks to authorities, decaying buildings wrapped in tangles of exposed wire, studded with protruding leaky plastic pipes, vegetation billowing from cracks and terraces where particulates from polluted air have accumulated over time. With skyscrapers and ultramodern developments on every side, some of these “nail houses” are also sitting on land worth millions of dollars in Shenzhen’s inferno of a property market, where new-unit and second-hand home prices rival London. In battles over land and development, the nail house phenomenon has become widespread throughout China over the past two decades, with owners
An Italian alpine resort on Friday remained on high alert over fears that a vast chunk of a glacier on the slopes of the Mont Blanc massif could plummet in high temperatures. “No one gets through! No cars, bikes or pedestrians,” was the message at a checkpoint where an automatic barrier and two guards blocked the small road snaking up into a lush valley below the Planpincieux glacier, near the town of Courmayeur and the Italian-French border. The blockade has largely been greeted with contempt by the locals, one of whom said: “It’s a joke.” The huge ice block measuring around 500,000 cubic
BEYOND CULTURE: The US State Department was expected to announce that the Chinese government-funded institutes would have to register as foreign missions US President Donald Trump’s administration is increasing scrutiny of a long-established Chinese-government funded program that is dedicated to teaching Chinese language and culture in the US and other nations, the latest escalation of tensions with Beijing. The US Department of State was expected to announce as soon as yesterday that Confucius Institutes in the US — many of which are based on college campuses — would have to register as “foreign missions,” according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified. The designation would amount to a conclusion that the institutes are “substantially owned or effectively controlled” by