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    2017-August-16  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

1. Contaminated egg scandal

Last week, Britain and France said some insecticide-tainted* eggs may have entered their countries, as millions of chickens faced being culled in the Netherlands in a growing European contamination* scandal. Supermarkets in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium have pulled millions of eggs from the shelves since Belgium gave the European Commission the first notification on July 20, while retailers in Sweden and Switzerland have followed suit. Dutch authorities have shuttered 138 poultry farms, about a fifth of those across the country.

2. 3 die in link with white nationalist rally

At least three people died in connection to violent white nationalist rally on August 12 in Charlottesville, a historic town in Virginia, the United States. Video on social media showed a car at high speed rear-ending* another car, then backing up and ramming into pedestrians*. Many protesters were young men in their 20s or 30s. Local police later said the car driver who rammed into the crowd is being held on charges including second-degree murder.

3. Floods kill 175

At least 175 people have died and thousands have fled their homes as monsoon floods swept across Nepal, India and Bangladesh, officials said on Monday. Three days of relentless downpours sparked flash floods and landslides that have killed at least 80 people in Nepal, 73 across northern and eastern India and 22 in Bangladesh. In Nepal, police said over 48,000 homes have been totally submerged by the floods. The Nepal Red Cross warned that shortages of safe drinking water and food could create a humanitarian* crisis.

4. Aussie deputy PM under citizenship cloud

On Monday, Australia’s deputy prime minister became the latest lawmaker to reveal he might have breached* a constitutional* prohibition* on dual citizens* becoming lawmakers, after he was advised by the New Zealand Government that he might be a kiwi*. Barnaby Joyce told parliament* he would become the fifth lawmaker to be referred to the High Court since last month for scrutiny over whether he was entitled to remain in parliament. Joyce, who leads the conservative* Nationals minor coalition party, said he had legal advice that he would not stand down from Cabinet.

5. Burkina Faso attack

Suspected Islamic extremists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso on late Sunday, killing at least 18 people. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the violence. Communication Minister Remi Dandjinou said two of the attackers were also killed. The victims came from several different nationalities, he said. At least one of the dead was French. Burkina Faso, a landlocked nation* in West Africa, is one of the poorest countries in the world. It shares a northern border with Mali, which has long battled Islamic extremists.

6. International ‘comfort women’ day

South Korean civic organizations and activists held a series of events on Monday in honor of victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery, including the display of hundreds of mini statues symbolizing the so-called “comfort women*.” A total of 500 statues of a woman went on display at Cheongye Stream Square in central Seoul to mark the international “comfort women” day, which was created to commemorate* the first-ever public testimony* in 1991 by a sexual slavery victim, Kim Hak-soon. On each of the mini statues was inscribed the name of a victim. The 500 statues represented 239 victims in South Korea and an unidentified number of victims in North Korea.(SD-Agencies)

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