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China imposes tougher punishments for food safety violators
China's revised regulation on the implementation of the Food Safety Law is scheduled to take effect on Sunday, Dec 1.
The regulation underscored tougher punishments for food safety violators, adding a system to hold legal representatives and persons responsible to account, imposing fines of up to 10 times their annual income.
Random inspections from higher departments and other supervisory means were also required by the regulation. In addition, for those food items not covered by current food safety standards, supplementary items and examination methods will be drawn up by the food-safety-related department of the State Council. (China Daily)
Two members of public killed in London Bridge knife attack: BBC
Two members of the public died after a stabbing attack on London Bridge Friday afternoon, in which police also shot dead the suspect, BBC reported.
The Met Police has declared the attack "a terrorist incident" but gave no further information.
The male suspect was believed to have been wearing a fake explosive device, police said. (Xinhua)
Iraqi PM says to ask for resignation amid anti-gov't protests
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Friday that he will submit his resignation to the parliament in response to anti-government protests.
He also asserted the prohibition of attacking peaceful demonstrators with the aim of preventing them from exercising their right to demand reform, as well as the prohibition of attacking public and private property.
Mass demonstrations have continued in the capital Baghdad and other cities in central and southern Iraq since early October, demanding comprehensive reform, accountability for corruption, improvement of public services and job opportunities. (Xinhua)
Black Friday kicks off scramble in a shorter shopping season
Black Friday enthusiasts in the US woke up before dawn and traveled cross-state to their favorite malls in search of hot deals, kicking off a shortened shopping season that intensified the scramble between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The shopping season is the shortest since 2013 because Thanksgiving fell on the last Thursday in November — the latest possible date it could be.
The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, baked the shorter season into its forecast, saying that holiday sales will rise between 3.8 and 4.2 percent, an increase from the disappointing 2.1 percent growth in the November and December 2018 period. (AP)
China launches wildlife rescue center to better protect tigers, leopards
China on Friday launched a wildlife rescue center in the northeastern city of Changchun to better protect Siberian tigers, Amur leopards and other wild animals.
The center was jointly established by the management bureau of Northeast China Tiger and Leopard National Park and Jilin provincial wildlife rescue and breeding center. It will focus on handling emergency incidents concerning tigers and leopards, and the prevention of human-tiger conflicts.
Currently, there are 355 species of terrestrial wild vertebrates living in the national park, including 10 under national first-class protection. (Xinhua)
Yemen's Houthi rebels say shoot down Saudi helicopter near border
Yemen's Houthi rebels said they shot down a Saudi military helicopter and killed its two crew members near the border on Friday.
"The Apache helicopter was shot down today in Majazah area near the Saudi border region of Asir while it was carrying out hostile activities," Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said.
There was no Saudi confirmation of the Yemeni rebels' allegation. (Xinhua)
10 animals killed in barn fire at Ohio wildlife park
At least 10 animals have died in a barn fire that erupted at an Ohio wildlife park, officials said.
The blaze began Thursday evening at the African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton. Three giraffes, three red river hogs and four antelopes housed in the barn were thought to be dead, fire officials said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. No humans were injured. (AP)
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