Pro-Beijing lawmaker ‘stabbed’ in Hong Kong

Junius Ho hospitalised after attack that comes amid protests The pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho has been attacked in an apparent stabbing in Hong Kong. Ho, who is running in the upcoming district council election, was out campaigning in his constituency on Wednesday when he was attacked. In a video of the incident, a man holding a bunch of flowers approaches and speaks to Ho, then reaches into his bag and pulls out an implement, believed to be a knife, which he uses to stab Ho. The man could be heard shouting in Cantonese: Junius Ho, you scum! The attacker was arrested by police, South China Morning Post reported. Alongside Hong Kongs leader Carrie Lam and police chief Stephen Lo, Ho …

Death of Chinese activist in police custody prompts calls for investigation into torture

Wang Meiyu was detained and charged after calling for Xi Jinpings resignation and universal suffrage Human rights advocates are calling for an investigation into the death of a Chinese activist, arrested after holding up a placard calling for Chinese leader Xi Jinping to step down. Wang Meiyu, 38, was detained in July after he stood outside the Hunan provincial police department holding a sign that called on Xi and Chinese premier Li Keqiang to resign and implement universal suffrage in China. He was later charged with picking quarrels and provoking trouble, a vague offence often given to dissidents. According to Wangs mother and lawyer, he died on Monday. Wangs wife Cao Shuxia received a call from police notifying her that …

Fans of China’s own ‘Loch Ness monster’ deflated as beast turns out to be airbag

Pictures and video of a huge snake-like object in the Yangtze river viewed tens of millions of times online A mysterious long, black object that was captured on video in the Yangtze river, and ended up captivating China with theories of its own Loch Ness monster, has been revealed as 20 metre-long industrial airbag. Grainy footage showing what appeared to be a long black sea creature slithering among the waves near the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei province circulated widely on Chinese social media. On Weibo, the video and a discussion thread about it has been viewed more than 32m times since it emerged on Friday. The video was covered by most major media, including the party paper Beijing Youth …