China shuts some markets over H7N9
BEIJING • China will shut poultry markets in certain districts of two cities after H7N9 bird flu infections were detected, state media reported yesterday. Local authorities in Zigong city announced a one-month halt to poultry markets in the city's Ziliujing district from midnight today.
Separately, the authorities in Shandong province's Binzhou city will temporarily halt poultry markets in three of its districts. Human cases of bird flu have been unusually high for China since last year, with three times more fatalities from H7N9 in the first four months of the year than in all of 2016.
6 injured in knife attack in Japan
TOKYO • Six were injured after a man attacked people with a knife and a bat yesterday at a park in Chiba prefecture, eastern Japan, local media reported.
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The six injured, including the attacker, have been sent to a hospital, and two of them were seriously hurt. The local fire department said it received a call saying a man was attacking people with a knife and a bat in a park in the city of Matsudo.
Soldiers, rebels die in Kashmir border clash
SRINAGAR • Two soldiers and two suspected rebels were killed in Indian Kashmir near the de facto border that divides the disputed territory with Pakistan, the Indian army said. The four died during an exchange of fire.
Indian and Pakistani soldiers have in recent weeks clashed along many areas of the Line of Control, the de facto border dividing Kashmir between the two countries, leading to deaths of soldiers and civilians on both sides.
Pakistan holds first census since 1998
RABWAH • Marginalised, attacked and frequently hit with blasphemy charges, Pakistan's religious minorities are hoping the country's first census since 1998 will be a step towards greater political representation and rights.
In the congested Lahore district of Youhanabad, the largest Christian neighbourhood in Pakistan, activist Sajid Christopher said his community looks forward to standing up and being counted. Fast-growing Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world, with an estimated 200 million people, but has not held a census for nearly two decades, despite a constitutional requirement for one every decade.