Asia Briefs: 129 to be charged with illegal pigeon racing

129 to be charged with illegal pigeon racing

TAIPEI • Taiwanese authorities said yesterday they would prosecute 129 people for illegal gambling on pigeon races - part of a broader investigation into the sport, after animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed complaints.

More than NT$66.6 million (S$2.8 million) was seized from the Fengyuan Pigeon Club in the central city of Taichung, according to the district prosecutors office.

PETA submitted the results of its investigation last year to Taiwanese authorities, saying pigeon racing kills 1.5 million birds a year on the island.


Fireman injured in Tianjin blasts comes out of coma

TIANJIN • A fireman who was seriously injured in the Tianjin warehouse blasts on Aug 12 woke up from a coma on Tuesday, according to hospital sources.

Zhang Chaofang, 19, is recovering at Tianjin First Centre Hospital and is now able to speak, said his doctor Gao Hongmei. The firefighter was comatose when he was transferred to the intensive care unit of the hospital on Aug 13.

The news came as workers completed the removal of a large pool of contaminated water that formed after the deadly explosions.


American extradited for trial in 1997 murder

SEOUL • An American man suspected of killing a South Korean college student in 1997 protested his innocence, as he arrived in Seoul under guard yesterday, after being extradited from the United States.

Arthur Patterson, 35, is expected to face trial on charges that he had killed Jo Jung-pil, who was stabbed multiple times with a knife in a fast-food restaurant toilet in the nightlife district of Itaewon, close to the US military base in Seoul.


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