Sibutramine, a substance found in some weight-loss products and food supplements, has been reclassified as a Schedule 1 psychotropic substance, with the heaviest penalties for not only producers and sellers but also users, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
HONG KONG: Hong Kong on Saturday opened a new high-speed rail link to mainland China that will vastly decrease travel times but also raises concerns about Beijing’s creeping influence over the semi-autonomous territory.
TEHERAN: Gunmen attacked a military parade in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday, killing at least eight members of the elite Revolutionary Guard and wounding 20 others, state media said.
MELBOURNE: The family of an Australian filmmaker pardoned by Cambodia after being jailed on espionage charges say they are happy the “nightmare” has come to an end, while the Australian foreign minister thanked the government in Phnom Penh for his release.
CHON BURI: A 32-year-old Hong Kong man cried foul after his bag containing cash and valuable items worth more than 1 million baht vanished during a brawl with a group of transgender women in Pattaya. His attackers were fined, but he did not get his valuables back.
TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico: Gunmen on Friday killed a Mexican journalist who had received threats after reporting on corruption in the southern state of Chiapas, his newspaper said, in what was at least the ninth murder of a reporter in the country this year.