CHINA BLITZ ON ILLEGAL FAMILY-PLANNING FINES
CHINA will crack down on penalties paid by families flouting strict family-planning rules after a National Audit Office probe found that US$260 million (S$323 million) in fines had been levied illegally, the state media reported.
There has been growing public anger about the one-child policy, which was introduced in the late 1970s to prevent population growth from spiralling out of control.
BRAZIL DUO NABBED FOR ONLINE BABY SALE
A COUPLE who tried to sell their two-year-old daughter via Facebook have been arrested in the north-eastern Brazilian city of Recife, police said on Wednesday.
A police spokesman said that the couple were arrested and jailed on Tuesday after failing to post bail set at US$6,666 (S$8,286) each.
OVERFISHING SHARKS ENDANGERS REEFS
SCIENTISTS studying reefs off Australia said yesterday that sharks play a fundamental role in the health of coral, and overfishing them made reefs more vulnerable to global warming and weather disasters.
A research team, led by Dr Mark Meekan from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, studied the impact of sharks at the Rowley Shoals and Scott Reefs 300km off north-western Australia over 10 years.