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By Irfan Ghauri in The Express Tribune, Sept 2, 2017
ISLAMABAD: The six men accused of facilitating slain Afghan Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansoor acquire a Pakistani identity have been bailed out, according to the interior ministry records.
Mullah Mansoor, along with another man, was killed when a taxicab he was travelling in was targeted by a remotely-piloted American aircraft near Nushki district in Balochistan in May 2016.
A Pakistani passport and computerised national identity card (CNIC) were found near the charred wreckage of the taxi which identified him as Wali Muhammad. A …

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by Stephen Chen in South China Morning Post, Sept 3, 2017 at 8:58pm
Police in northwestern China have reportedly launched a formal investigation into a local government official accused of flooding and destroying an entire village to build his own hydropower station.
The decision was made late last month, 10 years after the construction of the dam in Shanyang county, Shaanxi province, Huashang Daily reported on Sunday.
Liu Minghou, director of Shanyang county’s liaison office in the provincial capital Xian, allegedly built the illegal dam with his own funds and drove hundreds …

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by Jun Mai in South China Morning Post, Sept 2, 2017 at 11.28pm
The mayor of a southern Chinese boom town has come under investigation for corruption just six months into the job.
Guangdong’s anti-graft watchdog said on Saturday that Zhuhai mayor Li Zezhong, 47, was suspected of serious violations of Communist Party discipline and was under an internal investigation.
The watchdog’s brief online statement gave no further details of the case.
“Serious violations of party discipline” can refer to anything from corruption to political disloyalty, but officials tarred with it are usually charged …

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by Stephen Chen in South China Morning Post, Sept 3, 2017 at 9.04pm
Eight “blood agents” have been sentenced to up to 18 months in jail by a court in Nanning, Guangxi, the local authorities announced on Sunday.
The men and women were found guilty of profiting from the underground blood trade, according to the report posted on social media platform Weibo.
They distributed cards with phone numbers in the city’s hospitals and targeted patients on waiting lists for various types of surgery that required a blood transfusion.
Severe shortages in government …

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by Laura Zhou in South China Morning Post, Sept 3, 2017 at 4.04pm
The end of a fishing ban in the South China Sea could raise the risk of conflicts between China and its neighbours as mainland fishermen – usually under the protection of the coastguard – return to the disputed waters.
A fisherman from southern China’s port of Tanmen in Hainan province said fishing boats left for the area immediately after the ban – imposed to preserve fish stocks – was lifted on August 16.
“We have been there for so …

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AFP report in the Daily Star online, Spet 3, 2017 at 5.53pm
Village chief San Tun’s remote Mro tribe used to get by foraging in the Myanmar jungle, living among the patchwork of ethnic groups who co-existed imperfectly in Rakhine state.
But last month murder visited his community.
An attack on his people, allegedly by Muslim Rohingya militants, was the catalyst for the worst round of fighting the region has ever seen, forcing them to flee death, arson and suspicion.
San Tun says Rohingya militants killed eight villagers as they were out …