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Chinese activist uses jetski to flee to South Korea

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A man believed to be a Chinese rights activist was apprehended in South Korea following an audacious attempt to flee the country on a jet ski.

South Korea’s coast guard reported that the man had traversed approximately 300 kilometers across the Yellow Sea, relying on binoculars and a compass for navigation before encountering difficulties.

Local reports have identified him as Kwon Pyong, a vocal critic of Chinese President Xi Jinping, but his identity remains unverified. The Chinese embassy in Seoul has declined to comment on the matter.

In recent years, Beijing has escalated its use of exit bans at airports and other legal border crossings to prevent activists from leaving Chinese territory. The situation has become more challenging for dissidents as many countries in Southeast Asia with pro-Beijing inclinations have ceased providing refuge to asylum seekers.

Last month, prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Lu Siwei was apprehended in Laos and forcibly returned to China, preventing him from reuniting with his wife and children in the United States.

Jet skiing across treacherous waters to reach South Korea is a remarkable escape attempt, even in modern times. South Korea’s coast guard revealed that the man, wearing a life jacket and helmet, towed five barrels of fuel from Shandong province behind his 1800cc jet ski. He refueled during the journey and disposed of the empty barrels in the sea. However, he ran into trouble near a cruise terminal off the western port of Incheon and sought assistance.

Self-smuggling

While the coast guard did not disclose the man’s identity, they confirmed his detention last Wednesday for attempting to “smuggle himself” into the city. There are no suspicions of espionage in this case.

Lee Dae-seon, a South Korea-based campaigner from the non-profit organization Dialogue China, told AFP that the escapee is indeed Mr. Kwon, aged 35, who has previously been imprisoned in China for openly criticizing President Xi.

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Helicopter carrying Iran’s President Raisi crashes

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A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister crashed on Sunday as it was crossing mountain terrain in heavy fog.

The official said the lives of Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian were “at risk following the helicopter crash”, which happened on the way back from a visit to the border with Azerbaijan in Iran’s northwest.

“We are still hopeful but information coming from the crash site is very concerning,” the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raisi takes off, May 19, 2024. Ali Hamed Haghdoust/IRNA/WANA via REUTERS

State TV quoted an official as saying at least one passenger and one crew member had been in contact with rescuers. It also said the helicopter had been found, though Iran’s Red Crescent denied this report.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds ultimate power with a final say on foreign policy and Iran’s nuclear programme, sought to reassure Iranians, saying there would be no disruption to state affairs. #iran #trending

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Why Australia is becoming the new home of the Hollywood blockbuster

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Australia’s multimillion-dollar campaign to attract Hollywood productions to its shores appears to be paying off.

The allure of Australia lies not only in its picturesque locations but also in its competitive financial incentives.

The government offers generous rebates and tax breaks to international productions, making it an attractive proposition for filmmakers looking to maximise their budgets.

Despite the recent intake of Hollywood productions down under such as ‘The Fall Guy’ and ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’, Aussie independents are still finding the space to carve their own creative path.

Rob Fantozzi joined the program to discuss the latest in Hollywood, and showcased his own upcoming project – ‘Omerta‘. #featured

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Portal between countries shut down after international flashing

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An international video portal has been forced to shut down after an OnlyFans model reportedly flashed passersby from across the globe.

On this episode of Ahron and Mike Live – Which would you prefer; pay rise or work perks, an international portal closes, the military reveal a submarine stingray and are you on a top or bottom burger bun?

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured #trending

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