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Bob Woodward. [Photo/China Daily]

>'Chaotic' White House detailed
US President Donald Trump and his cabinet have been engaged in damage control after Bob Woodward, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, revealed shocking details of the chaos inside the White House in his new book. According to "Fear: Trump in the White House", the president wanted to have Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assassinated in April last year. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, though telling Trump he would "get right on it", instead opted for a limited airstrike that did not threaten Assad personally. Another detail which went viral on news and social media also related to Mattis, with the Pentagon chief telling his close associates that Trump's understanding of national security and world affairs is like a "fifth or sixth grader". "It's just another bad book," Trump struck back, rejecting its claims as "nasty stuff" and "made up".


A file photo of Liu Qiangdong in Wuzhen town, Jiaxing city, East China's Zhejiang province, Dec 16, 2015. [Photo/IC]

>JD statements in spotlight
Three US law firms - Rosen Law Firm, Schall Law Firm and Pomerantz LLP - announced on their official websites on Wednesday they are investigating whether Chinese e-commerce giant JD made false or misleading statements on the case of its founder and chairman Liu Qiangdong. They said they will invite shareholders who suffered losses to participate in the investigation and a possible class action lawsuit. The Schall Law Firm encourages investors with losses in excess of $100,000 to contact it. JD announced on the Chinese social media site Weibo that Liu was falsely accused of sexual misconduct while in the US on a business trip. However, a US police report said the arrest of Liu was over a felony rape accusation.


Cats sleep in the village of Krompach near the town of Cvikov, Czech Republic, August 26, 2018. [Photo/VCG]

>NZ village bans cats
Pet cats could be banned from a small coastal village of Omaui in New Zealand as part of radical new proposals designed to protect native wildlife. Under Environment Southland's "pest plan", local cat owners will have to neuter, microchip and register their pets with the local authority. After their cat dies, they will not be allowed to get another. The proposals have angered local residents, including one individual named Nico Jarvis who accused the government of behaving "like a police state" and said that owning a cat was the only way to manage rat infestations in the area. But the local authority wants to protect the 230 hectares of lowland and forest on Omauri that are home to small native birds including the fantail, brown creeper, grey warbler and shining cuckoo kingfisher, as well as larger ones such as the tui.


Artist Bryan Scanlon puts the finishing touches on a sculpture made of 1,580 tons of waste in Melbourne, Australia. [Photo/Agencies]

>China makes degradable plastic
Chinese scientists have developed a plastic that degrades in seawater and could help curb the increasingly serious plastic pollution in the oceans. The new polyester composite material can decompose in seawater over a period ranging from a few days to several hundred days, leaving small molecules that cause no pollution, said Wang Gexia, a senior engineer at the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. "For a long time, people focused on 'white pollution' on land. Plastic pollution in the seas only caught people's attention when more and more reports about marine animals dying from it appeared in recent years," said Wang. About 4.8 million to 12.7 million ton of plastic waste goes into the seas very year, accounting for 60% to 80% of the total solid pollutants in the oceans, according to a conservative estimate by scientists. The institute has authorized four Chinese enterprises to use their technology, with three enterprises going into production with a total annual capacity of half the global biodegradable plastics, or 75,000 tons.

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