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Internet Freaks Over Teen’s Egypt Graffiti
PARENTS APOLOGIZE FOR LUXOR TAGGING
(NEWSER) – A 15-year-old Chinese boy’s scrawled note on an ancient Egyptian sculpture has sparked international ire. Tens of thousands of Chinese micro-bloggers re-posted an image of the graffiti in the Luxor Temple, which read, “Ding Jinhao was here,” CNN reports. “I’m so embarrassed that I want to hide myself,” wrote the Chinese tourist who took the photo of the graffiti during a May 6 visit; he posted the image online on Friday. Soon, Internet users had figured out Ding’s location in Nanjing; they posted his birthdate and school online, the BBC reports, and his school’s website was hacked.
Now, his parents have apologized “to the Egyptian people and to people who have paid attention to this case across China,” China Daily reports. The teen’s mother says he tagged the 3,500-year-old temple (in the BBC’s words) “when he was younger,” and the parents added that their son has learned his lesson. His father called on people to stop hounding the boy: “This is too much pressure for him to take.” Just days ago, a top Chinese official called for better behavior among Chinese tourists, the BBC notes.
Massive New Zealand Quake Has Been Going on All Year
BUT NO ONE CAN FEEL IT
NEWSER) – A magnitude 7 earthquake has been hitting a New Zealand city for five months now—but life in Wellington continues on as normal. That’s because the rumbling is taking place 25 miles underground across an area spanning over 60 miles, in a slow-moving type of earthquake called a “slow-slip event,” reports the New Zealand Herald. Like regular earthquakes, slow-slips occur when tectonic plates move past each other, but they do so, well, slowly, which makes for a very gradual release of pressure.
The only noticeable impact of the event will be New Zealand moving maybe an inch further from Australia, and slow-slips are actually fairly common in the area—this particular one reoccurs every five years, reports TVNZ. This slow-slip will continue for months. “Based on these last two events, we think that this should go on for roughly a year. The longest one has gone on for 400 days,” says a scientist.
SYRIA USING CHEMICAL WARFARE?
French Paper Reports Chemical Attacks in Syria Firsthand
‘LE MONDE’ DESCRIBES CHEMICAL ATTACKS IN GRITTY DETAIL
NEWSER) – When Obama last spoke about the use of chemical weapons in Syria, he said he wanted to avoid “rushing to judgement” because “we don’t know how they were used, when they were used, who used them.” Well, here’s some detail: Journalists from French newspaper Le Monde spent two months with rebels in Damascus, where they report witnessing multiple chemical attacks firsthand, and spoke to medical centers all over the region that reported treating people suffering the effects of gas attacks.
“No odor, no smoke, not even a whistle to indicate the release of a toxic gas,” writes reporter Jean-Philippe Rémy. “And then the symptoms appear. The men cough violently. Their eyes burn, their pupils shrink, their vision blurs. Soon they experience difficulty breathing, sometimes in the extreme; they begin to vomit or lose consciousness.” But it’s still difficult to pin the attacks back to the Assad regime, he writes, so foreign leaders may remain reluctant to intervene. In related news, John McCain, a vocal proponent of further intervention in Syria, sneaked into the country today to meet rebel leaders, theDaily Beast reports. Click to read the full report from Le Monde.
Russian ‘Ghost Ship’ Vanishes
LYUBOV ORLOVA HASN’T BEEN HEARD FROM SINCE MARCH 12
(NEWSER) – Months after a Russian “ghost ship” turned up adrift off the Irish coast, she’s gone missing again. The Lyubov Orlova’s tow line broke back in January, as the cruise ship was being hauled from Canada to the Dominican Republic as scrap. The ship, empty except for an infestation of rats, was located in February, but disappeared again and now has not been seen since March 12, CBC reports. Some are speculating that the 328-foot-long vessel may have sunk, LiveScience reports. And if that’s the case, a French environmental organization is worried: It says the ship could leak toxic fluids into the ocean.
A new tow line was actually attached to the ship back in February, by the oil industry supply ship that spotted it. But since the cruise ship was in international waters and thus not under Canada’s jurisdiction, Transport Canada ordered the oil ship to release it. In March, one of the Lyubov Orlova’s emergency beacons indicated it was more than 800 miles off Newfoundland, drifting toward Ireland or Iceland, though that location was not confirmed. (Sail World notes that the beacon likely would have been activated after contact with the water, adding to sinking fears.)
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