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Rome, Italy [Photo/IC]

>Rome bans bad behavior

Too much Dolce Vita can get you banned from Rome, where the mayor on Friday ushered in a get-tough approach on boorish behavior by tourists.

Exasperated by tourists who frolic in Rome's public fountains, vandalize its monuments and treat its landmarks as their own personal living rooms, the city famous for its artistic heritage and easy-going lifestyle has had enough.

The mayor, Virginia Raggi, presented a law banning bad behavior including eating or drinking or climbing on monuments, walking around partially unclothed and wading through fountains.

While many of the measures already existed in temporary form or were rarely enforced, a unanimous city council vote on Thursday night made them permanent.

And there's a new twist: disobeying these rules means local authorities can exile the badly behaved from the city's historic center for 48 hours.


A porter displays an inked and water-painted original panel from the 1938 "King Ottokar's Sceptre" album drawn by Belgian creator Herge during the auction of rare memorabilia of Tintin, at the Drouot auction's house, in Paris, Saturday May 29, 2010.[Photo/IC]

>'Tintin' cover sold for $1.1M

An original drawing used for the first published "Tintin" cover was sold at auction on Saturday in Dallas for $1.12 million, according to the Heritage Auctions house.

The identities of seller and buyer have not been released. The illustration, by Tintin creator Herge (the pseudonym of Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi), shows the plucky young reporter sitting on a tree stump carving a makeshift propeller for his plane after the original was damaged in a landing.

His faithful dog Snowy sits and watches, bandaged from tail to nose.

The drawing, in India ink and gouache, was signed by Herge.

A Heritage Auctions spokesman said the illustration was one of the "rare cover illustrations signed by Herge in private hands," as well as the oldest.



>Walking 10,000 steps a day?

Walking at least 10,000 steps a day for health?

Researchers of Brigham and Women's Hospital in the US were curious to know how many steps you need to take a day to maintain good health and live a long life, so they designed a study that included about 17,000 older women.

Their average age was 72. The women all agreed to clip on wearable devices to track their steps as they went about their day-to-day activities.

It turns out that women who took about 4,000 steps per day got a boost in longevity, compared with women who took fewer steps.

The findings were published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Another surprise: The benefits of walking maxed out at about 7,500 steps.

In other words, women who walked more than 7,500 steps per day saw no additional boost in longevity.


It also reported that 3,325 IP addresses in the United States, up 43 percent from 2017, planted Trojans in 3,607 websites on the Chinese mainland. [Photo/IC]

>Cyber attacks from the US

Most of the cyber attacks targeting Chinese networks in 2018 have originated from the US, according to an annual report released by China's National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team (CNCERT) on Monday.

In terms of Trojan and botnet activities, CNCERT found that 3.34 million computers on the Chinese mainland were controlled by more than 14,000 Trojan or botnet command and control (C&C) servers in the US in 2018, up 90.8% from the C&C server number in 2017.

It also reported that 3,325 IP addresses in the US, up 43% from 2017, planted Trojans in 3,607 websites on the Chinese mainland.

In the above two categories, the US topped the list of overseas sources of cyber attacks targeting computers and websites on the Chinese mainland, according to the organization.

Established in 2002, the CNCERT is a non-governmental organization of network security technical coordination.

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