China Seizes 620 Turtles and Tortoises Smuggled From Vietnam

China Seizes 620 Turtles and Tortoises Smuggled From Vietnam

Chinese state media say border patrol officials have seized 620 wild turtles and tortoises — 510 of them considered endangered — that were found alive in a shipment of frozen seafood from Vietnam.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday that border police detected crawling sounds when they were inspecting the shipment at a border city in the southwestern region of Guangxi on Aug. 24.

Xinhua said police discovered the endangered species, including Indochinese box turtles and elongated tortoises, in a shipment heading for the neighboring province of Guangdong, where the animals are considered delicacies.

The local state-run Nanning Evening News says border officials grew suspicious when the cargo was clearly more than what had been declared and that the driver was nervous when interrogated.


Fire at Saudi Oil Company Residential Complex Kills 6

Saudi civil defense officials say the casualty toll from a fire at a sprawling residential complex in the kingdom's oil-rich east has risen to six people killed and more than 200 injured.

The Interior Ministry's General Directorate of Civil Defense provided the update on its official Twitter feed Sunday.

The fire started early Sunday at a residential complex used by the state oil giant Saudi Aramco in the eastern city of Khobar.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Nepal's Sexual Minorities Parade to Demand Rights

Hundreds of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transvestites paraded through Nepal's capital Sunday to demand that rights for sexual minorities be included in the country's new constitution that is being finalized.

The colorful rally in downtown Kathmandu — an annual affair — drew about 500 participants.

"Our main demand is that the rights of the sexual minorities should be guaranteed in the new constitution," said Pinky Gurung of the Blue Diamond Society, a gay rights group in Nepal.

They are also demanding same-sex marriage be guaranteed in the new constitution, permitting gay and lesbian couples the right to adopt, buy joint property, open joint bank accounts and inherit from one another.

Nepal this year issued passports under the category "others" for those who do not want to be identified as male or female.

These people who identify themselves as "third gender" have also been issued citizenship certificates by the Nepalese government. But the community is saying only a few have been issued and it is still difficult to get them from government offices.

The parade has been held annually for the past few years on Gaijatra, a Hindu festival to remember the dead.

The much-delayed constitution draft is being finalized by members of the Constituent Assembly, but political parties are still unable to agree on the number and border of the proposed federal states.


Egypt Summons British Ambassador Over Al-Jazeera Comments

Egypt's Foreign Ministry has summoned the British ambassador over comments he made in court after a judge sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years prison each for reporting "false news."

The ministry said Sunday it objected to John Casson's comments, calling them "unacceptable interference" in the country's judiciary.

The court sentenced the three journalists on Saturday, sparking international outcry in the latest attack on free speech in the country.

Speaking to television cameras in Arabic after the verdict, Casson said he was concerned it could "undermine confidence in the basis of Egypt's stability, both in Egypt and abroad."

The comments were posted on the British Embassy's Facebook page, and were met with a wave of negative reaction in Arabic and English

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