Chinese children poisoned by teacher

Chinese schoolchildren are often targeted by attacks of the mentally ill or people with grudges. (AFP/File)
Updated 02 April 2019

Chinese children poisoned by teacher

  • Authorities think he added sodium nitrate in the children’s food
  • Police are still investigating the motive behind the poisoning

BEIJING: Authorities in eastern China say 23 kindergarteners were sickened in a suspected act of deliberate poisoning by their teacher.
Police in the city of Jiaozuo said Tuesday that a teacher identified by the surname Wang is believed to have adulterated the children’s food with sodium nitrite and has been arrested.
Overexposure to sodium nitrite can be toxic and possibly fatal. Police said they were still looking for a motive in last week’s incident.
Schoolchildren in China have been the target of often fatal attacks by people bearing grudges or considered mentally ill.
In 2002, 42 people, mostly schoolchildren, died after eating snacks laced with rat poison in the eastern city of Nanjing. The killer was swiftly sentenced to death and executed.


Musk says Tesla to build new factory near Berlin

Updated 13 November 2019

Musk says Tesla to build new factory near Berlin

  • News agency dpa reported that Musk made the announcement during a prizegiving ceremony
  • Musk wrote on Twitter that the new plant "will build batteries, powertrains & vehicles, starting with Model Y."

BERLIN: Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric car pioneer plans to build a new factory near Berlin.

News agency dpa reported that Musk made the announcement during a prizegiving ceremony in the German capital Tuesday evening.

He said that the plan is for the factory to be built near Berlin's new airport, which is located just outside the city limits in neighboring Brandenburg state and currently slated to open next year after years of delays.

Musk wrote on Twitter that the new plant "will build batteries, powertrains & vehicles, starting with Model Y."

Regional officials in Berlin and Brandenburg welcomed the announcement.