Italy has blocked the sale of two luxury yachts to North Korea because it suspects they were destined for Kim Jong-il, the country’s ailing dictator, in a potential breach of international sanctions against Pyongyang.
This incident happened in Guangzhou, China. A man threatening to commit suicide by jumping from a bridge was pushed by passer-by. Lai Jiansheng, 66, said he was fed up with the desperate man’s “selfish activity” which caused huge traffic jams, so he pushed the guy over the edge. Chen Fuchao fell 26ft (8m) on to an air cushion and is recovering in hospital, the official Xinhua news agency said. Xinhua said Mr Lai was “taken away by police”, but gave no further details. *
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has ordered its troops to be ready for a war against the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK), the official KCNA said on Monday.
The order, released by the supreme command of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), targeted the U.S.- ROK joint military exercises set to begin on Monday. KCNA said that the KPA will deal “merciless retaliatory blows” on the U.S. and ROK troops should the latter intrude upon the DPRK during the drills.
“There is no limit to the retaliatory measure of the KPA and no one can predict or evade it,” KCNA quoted the order as saying.
vabbè, non se ne farà un cazzo, ma sbavo, sbavo, sbaaaaavo.
i have not, it turns out, been doing the job i thought i was doing for the last six months, despite what i would have sworn by at any time throughout that period. despite my countless memories of walking to the office, and despite the six deposits into my bank account since arriving to this city, i have never been employed by what up until now i would have called my current employer. instead, i’ve been told, i’ve been working as a paid consultant for a company that, from what i can gather, manufactures medicine. that aleve you’re taking may very well have passed through my skillful fine-tuning of the medicinal manufacturing process.
you can imagine my surprise when all of this was told to me by the police as i went in to get a new visa. i don’t even live in changzhou, it turns out, but rather a city called Wujin which though technically under the jurisdiction changzhou county is much nicer and with longer history. in fact in 2005 wujin was called the 8th best place to live in all of china. changzhou proper didn’t even place. i imagine my apartment is glorious. i’d say i played dumb, but there wasn’t much playing. meanwhile my companion, one of my coworkers in charge of dealing with us pesky foreigners, was visibly squirming in her seat next to me. and that’s when it clicked.