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Latest update : 2014-08-27

Russian aid convoy: Mission accomplished?

In this edition: the Russian aid convoy in Ukraine divides online opinion; Chinese stars targeted by Beijing’s anti-drugs campaign; and a diver swims with a shoal of manta rays.

RUSSIAN AID CONVOY: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED ?

After being immobilised at the Ukrainian-Russian border for a week, the two hundred and eighty lorries sent by Russia to supply the east of Ukraine with humanitarian aid, finally entered the country on Friday. The authorities in Kiev did not authorise the entry and regard this operation as a way for Moscow to smuggle military supplies to pro-Russian separatists, located mainly in Luhansk. The controversial convoy has since returned to Russia but continues to divide opinion online.

Some net users do not understand why the convoy was not granted entry, considering that Ukraine is in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Others however, express concern as to the content of the lorries sent from Russia. They recall that only thirty four vehicles were able to be inspected by Ukrainian customs officials. Twitter users compare the Russian convoy to a Trojan horse, sent to help prepare for military action in the east of Ukraine. Many have expressed this idea through photomontages.

This theory is described as absurd by the Russian authorities, who attempted to show their good intentions by publishing infographics clearly outlining the nature of goods transported by the convoy, which Moscow claims contains 1,800 tonnes of foodstuffs. The convoy of hundreds of lorries finally returned to Russia on Saturday, after unloading its cargo in Luhansk. This controversy occurs at a time when tensions between Russia and Ukraine are running high. More air strikes hit central Donetsk on Sunday, killing several civilians and causing severe damage, as shown by these images posted on Twitter.

CHINA: ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN TARGETS CELEBRITIES

Where is Jaycee Chan? The aim of this game is to spot Jackie Chan’s son among a sea of pictures of Taiwanese film star, Kai Ko. The game, which is currently spreading like wildfire on the Chinese web, was created following the arrest of two cinema stars on August 14 in Beijing for use and possession of drugs.

As shown in these images broadcast on state television, around one hundred grams of cannabis were seized in Jaycee Chan’s luxury apartment. Accused of incitement of drug abuse, the young man faces up to three years imprisonment.

An embarrassing incident for his father; the kung-fu icon has been the Chinese police’s anti-drugs ambassador since 2009. He appears here in a prevention video aimed at young Chinese people.

In two messages published on social networks, Jackie Chan apologised to fans, saying he felt shame about his son’s actions and about his failure to bring him up as he should have.

Since the start of the year, at least six other Chinese show-biz personalities have been arrested for drugs crimes. Singers, actors and directors were all caught out amid an ongoing crackdown on narcotics launched by the Chinese authorities, who are intent on zero tolerance when it comes to drugs.

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#PayBackTheMoney is the hashtag currently being used by net users in South Africa to urge President Jacob Zuma to pay back the taxpayer’s money he used for a security upgrade to his private home in Nkandla. This revelation has led to indignation from many net users, who are calling on the South African leader to reimburse the money spent, considering that South Africa has more than ever need for financial resources to improve education and health care, among other pressing issues.

MAKE-UP ARTIST RECREATES CARTOON CHARACTERS ON HER CHIN

London-based makeup artist, Laura Jenkison used brushes, makeup and oodles of talent to transform her chin into pint-size versions of popular cartoon characters. These ephemeral yet amazing creations can be discovered on her Facebook page, which has already received more than sixty thousand likes.

AN ARTIST BUILDS QUIRKY DIORAMAS FROM HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Japanese photographer, Tanaka Tatsuya specialises in using household items to build quirky and poetic dioramas. The artist presents his characters in unique scenes, with soda cans becoming swimming pools and shuttlecocks turned into parachutes. The pictures were taken once per day over four years and can be seen on his website and Instagram account.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

While diving off the island of Maui in Hawaii, Chris Cilfone was surprised to come nose to nose with a shoal of giant manta ray. The result was an unforgettable experience in the company of these unique marine animals, which can grow up to nine metres in length and which do not seem to have been alarmed by the diver’s presence. The video can be viewed on the Go Pro YouTube account.

By Electron Libre

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