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A local police officer patrols the Spanish steps off Trinita dei Monti church in Rome on August 6, 2019. [Photo/IC]

>Spanish Steps' sitting ban

Rome has banned tourists from sitting on its famous Spanish Steps in a move denounced as "Fascist" by critics.

The city has previously barred visitors from eating or drinking on the marble staircase but has now extended the rule to include sitting.

Police began patrolling the 18th-century marble steps, blowing whistles at those sitting down.

The monument, a UNESCO world heritage site, has long been the ideal resting spot for tired visitors.

The landmark was made famous in the US by the 1953 film "Roman Holiday" starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

Visitors who defy the ban can be fined 250 euros, which increases to 400 euros if they have dirtied or damaged the stone staircase.


US financier Jeffrey Epstein (C) appears in court in West Palm Beach, Florida, US July 30, 2008. [Photo/Agencies]

>Jeffrey Epstein dies in jail

Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead on Saturday after an apparent suicide in the New York jail cell where he was being held without bail on sex-trafficking charges, and a source said he was not on suicide watch at the time of his death.

Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive in his cell and transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Epstein, who was arrested on July 6, had pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls from 2002 to 2005.

Last month, Epstein was found unconscious on the floor of his jail cell with marks on his neck, according to media reports, and officials were investigating that incident as a possible suicide or assault.

Despite that, Epstein had been taken off suicide watch, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. He was on suicide watch as late as Thursday, and was in a cell by himself when his body was found, the source said.

The FBI and the Department of Justice's Inspector General were opening investigations.


A customer scans a QR code for payment at a market in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia on Oct 18, 2018. [Photo/IC]

>Disposable income surges

Chinese residents saw their per capita disposable income surge by nearly 60 times during the past seven decades thanks to the country's steady economic expansion.

The per capita disposable income stood at about 49.7 yuan in 1949, and topped 28,200 yuan in 2018, registering a growth of over 59 times factoring in inflation, a report from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed.

The steady income growth also led to continuous increases in consumption spending.

Chinese residents' per capita consumption spending surged from 88.2 yuan in 1956 to 19,853 yuan in 2018, growing 28.5 times in real terms, NBS data showed.


Typhoon Lekima approaches Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, Aug 11, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Typhoon Lekima wreaks havoc

Typhoon Lekima has left 47 dead and 21 missing in three Chinese provinces, wreaking havoc there with torrential rains and strong gales.

By Monday morning, the death toll in Zhejiang province has risen to 39 while nine others remained missing, said the Zhejiang provincial flood control headquarters. The ninth and strongest typhoon of the year has affected 6.68 million residents in Zhejiang, among whom 1.26 million were evacuated. It damaged 234,000 hectares of crops, inflicting a direct economic loss of 24.22 billion yuan.

Lekima landed at around 1:45 am Saturday in the city of Wenling in Zhejiang. It made a second landing at 8:50 pm Sunday on the coast of Qingdao in Shandong province.

In Shandong, it has left five people dead and seven missing, affecting 1.66 million people and forcing the relocation of 183,800 as of Monday morning, said the provincial emergency management department.

In Anhui province that neighbors Zhejiang, it has left three people dead and five missing in Ningguo city, affecting nearly 100,000 people and forcing the relocation of nearly 18,000 as of 10:00 pm Sunday, said the city government.


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