HONG KONG: Opium, umbrellas and fruit were all banned for reporters covering Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to a military parade in Hong Kong on Friday, on a peculiarly exhaustive list of items considered too dangerous to bring along. Xi was visiting a People's Liberation Army airfield in northern Hong Kong, one of the most highly anticipated events during his landmark three-day visit to mark 20 years since the city was handed back to China by Britain. Ahead of the parade, journalists were sent written…
ISTANBUL: Turkish police have detained a man who caused a mass pile-up and traffic chaos in Istanbul on Friday when he attacked a bus driver with an umbrella, reports said.
Hajj has gone high-tech. A religious ritual performed 1,400 years ago by Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and which drew believers arriving on foot and on camels for centuries is today broadcast live through cyberspace.
VIRGINIA: A wind-driven beach umbrella struck and killed a 55-year-old woman in Virginia Beach, Virginia, local police said.