Gi­ant balls of snow washed up on beach in Siberia

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A for­mer drug com­pany chair­man who was on a list of China’s 100 most-wanted fugi­tives abroad has re­turned af­ter 15 years on the run in New Zealand and Aus­tralia, the govern­ment an­nounced yes­ter­day. Yan Yong­min (pic­tured) sur­ren­dered to po­lice and was re­turned to China in co­op­er­a­tion with New Zealand au­thor­i­ties, the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion said. There was word on what charges he might face. Yan, for­mer chair­man of Tonghua Golden Horse Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Group in the north­east­ern city of Tonghua, fled to Aus­tralia in 2001 af­ter be­ing ac­cused of fraud and em­bez­zle­ment, ac­cord­ing to ear­lier news re­ports. He later be­came a New Zealand cit­i­zen un­der the name Wil­liam Yan. Yan was on a Chi­nese govern­ment list of the top 100 fugi­tives sought abroad in a marathon drag­net known as Sky Net. As of July, 33 peo­ple on that list had been re­turned to China. Snow­balls the size of vol­ley­balls have landed on a beach in Siberia. The rare event is said to have oc­curred close to the vil­lage of Nyda, just above the Arc­tic Cir­cle, on the Ya­mal penin­sula. Lo­cals like Eka­te­rina Ch­ernykh told the Siberian Times that the first ap­peared on the beach at the end of Oc­to­ber af­ter the water in the Gulf of Ob rose and come into con­tact with frost. Eka­te­rina and oth­ers have since been play­ing and sit­ting on the balls – which range from ten­nis ball to vol­ley­ball in size – whilst oth­ers have to see it with their own eyes to be­lieve it. A sim­i­lar event hap­pened on Lake Michi­gan in 2014 when sev­eral balls were washed up near the town of Glenn Ar­bor. Boul­der-size ice balls can form on the Lake in win­ter months due to the breaking off of ice sheets. The wind even­tu­ally car­ries these gi­ant balls to the shore.

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