Hong Kong top cop caught in unlicensed massage parlour raid

A top cop in Hong Kong police’s National Security Department has been placed on leave after he was caught in a raid on an unlicensed massage parlour, say local media reports. Reports have named him as Director of National Security Frederic Choi. According to news site SCMP, visiting an unlicensed parlour is not an offence but could “damage the force’s image”. This is the first big scandal to hit the unit after it was set up to enforce the city’s national security law. Thousands in Hong Kong protested last June when the national security law was implemented. The law criminalises … Continue reading Hong Kong top cop caught in unlicensed massage parlour raid

China Sinovac shot seen highly effective in real world study

Sinovac Biotech Ltd.’s vaccine is wiping out Covid-19 among health workers in Indonesia, an encouraging sign for the dozens of developing countries reliant on the controversial Chinese shot, which performed far worse than western vaccines in clinical trials. Indonesia tracked 25,374 health workers in capital city Jakarta for 28 days after they received their second dose and found that the vaccine protected 100% of them from death and 96% from hospitalization as soon as seven days after, said Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin in an interview on Tuesday. The workers were tracked until late February. Sadikin also said that 94% … Continue reading China Sinovac shot seen highly effective in real world study

Manchester City crowned Premier League champions

Manchester City were confirmed as Premier League champions for the third time in four seasons after Manchester United were beaten 2-1 at home by Leicester on Tuesday. City missed the opportunity to secure a third league title under Pep Guardiola on Saturday when a missed penalty from Sergio Aguero proved costly as Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium. United needed victory to delay the celebrations once again, but a side showing 10 changes could not see off the Foxes, who took an early lead through a fine volley from teenager Luke Thomas which was cancelled … Continue reading Manchester City crowned Premier League champions

Carnage In God’s Name: Rockets target Tel Aviv after Gaza tower destroyed

Palestinian militants say they fired 130 missiles at the Israeli city of Tel Aviv after an Israeli air strike felled a tower block in the Gaza Strip. The 13-storey building was attacked an hour and a half after residents and local people were warned to evacuate, Reuters news agency reports. Israel’s military says it is targeting militants in Gaza in response to earlier rocket attacks. At least 31 people have died in some of the worst violence in years. The international community has urged both sides to end the escalation, which follows days of unrest in Jerusalem. Militants had already … Continue reading Carnage In God’s Name: Rockets target Tel Aviv after Gaza tower destroyed

Update: 24 Palestinians killed in Israeli air raids on Gaza

At least 24 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air raids on the besieged Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian health ministry, after Hamas launched rockets from the coastal territory towards Israel. Israeli forces continued to bombard the territory well into Tuesday morning, targeting sites in Khan Younis, al-Bureij refugee camp, and al-Zaitoun neighbourhood. At least three civilians were killed at dawn, after an Israeli warplane targeted a house in al-Shati’ refugee camp. A spokesman for the civil defense in Gaza, Raed al-Dahshan, told Al Jazeera that among the three was a woman and a disabled man. The Gaza health … Continue reading Update: 24 Palestinians killed in Israeli air raids on Gaza

Breaking: Eleven dead in shooting at Russian school

Children and a schoolteacher have been killed by gunfire at a school in the Russian city of Kazan, officials say. Two people reportedly opened fire and a 19-year-old man has been detained. The attack happened some 820km (510 miles) east of Moscow. An explosion was heard and reports said the second attacker was killed on the fourth floor of the building. Kazan is in the mainly Muslim republic of Tatarstan. Heavily armed police and emergency vehicles were seen outside school number 175 in Kazan. Footage shared on social media showed some children jumping from windows to escape as well as … Continue reading Breaking: Eleven dead in shooting at Russian school

Australia immigration detainees dig tunnel in failed escape plot

Detainees at an immigration center in Australia spent five months digging an escape tunnel hidden beneath a chest of drawers in one of their rooms, a source within the country’s immigration system told CNN. The source said the tunnel was 15 meters (50 feet) long and ran under a number of rooms before passing under a road at the Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre, around 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of the city of Perth, Western Australia. The tunnel had passed the first of three perimeter fences, the source said, and it was anticipated that two more months of digging … Continue reading Australia immigration detainees dig tunnel in failed escape plot

Rarely spotted sea fish washes ashore in the U.S

A deep sea angler fish washed ashore in Crystal Cove, California, on Friday. In an Instagram post, Crystal Cove State Park said the 18-inch fish, which is believed to be a Pacific Football Fish, was discovered in the park’s marine protected area. “To see an actual angler fish intact is very rare and it is unknown how or why the fish ended up on the shore,” the park captioned several photos of the fish. “Seeing this strange and fascinating fish is a testament to the diversity of marine life lurking below the water’s surface in California’s MPAs and as scientists continue … Continue reading Rarely spotted sea fish washes ashore in the U.S

Son who plotted with mother to kill father for inheritance

A Colorado Springs man who legally adopted the name of a James Bond villain fatally beat his 83-year-old father with a baseball bat and tried to pin it on his ailing mother, police alleged in court Friday. Jean-Joseph Danger Le Chiffre, formerly known as Patrick Joseph Sandoval, appeared for a half-day hearing in the 4th Judicial District Court that revealed an alleged mother-son conspiracy culminating in the slaying of Gilbert Sandoval. At some point before the killing, the defendant, a 55-year-old former attorney, legally changed his name to that of Bond’s foil in Casino Royale, Ian Fleming’s debut novel in the … Continue reading Son who plotted with mother to kill father for inheritance

US fires warning shots at Iranian boats in Gulf

A US Coast Guard ship fired warning shots at Iranian boats that came close to American naval vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon says. The Pentagon said 13 fast boats from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came within 140m (459ft) of US vessels on Monday. The Iranian vessels left after 30 warning shots were fired, the Pentagon said. This is the second such incident in the region in two weeks. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby accused the Iranian boats of “acting very aggressively” near the US military vessels, which were escorting USS Georgia, a guided-missile submarine. “It’s … Continue reading US fires warning shots at Iranian boats in Gulf

What?: Italian woman accidentally given six shots of Covid-19 vaccine

A 23-year-old woman who was mistakenly given six doses of the Pfizer BioNTech covid-19 vaccine has been discharged from the hospital where she was being monitored for any adverse reaction. The woman was administered the vaccine at the Noa hospital in Tuscany, central Italy, on Sunday, hospital spokeswoman Daniella Gianelli told CNN on Monday. The patient, who is in “good health” with no underlying conditions, was kept in the hospital under strict observation for 24 hours and discharged Monday, Gianelli said. A health worker accidentally filled a syringe with an entire bottle of the vaccine, containing a total of six doses, and only … Continue reading What?: Italian woman accidentally given six shots of Covid-19 vaccine

Scary: Loose tiger wearing collar roams Houston neighborhood

A loose tiger roamed a Houston neighborhood Sunday night before the suspected owner wrangled the animal away. According to KHOU, the big cat, which was wearing a collar was spotted by neighbors strolling and lounging in a front yard unaccompanied. Witnesses caught the moment on camera, including in one video  where people can be heard saying, “it’s somebody’s pet,” and noting the moment someone approached the animal with a gun. “He brought a gun,” says one person in the video, watching from behind a window. Another says, “Don’t kill it!” The outlet reports that the man with the gun was an off-duty … Continue reading Scary: Loose tiger wearing collar roams Houston neighborhood