Bomb kills owner
A man carrying a bomb in a Kabul bazaar was killed when it exploded prematurely, the Afghan capital's police chief said yesterday. The bomb exploded around a market 12km east of the city center, killing the suspected bomber, Basir Salangi said. There were no other casualties. The intended target was unclear, Salangi added. The bazaar is close to an Afghan army training center and the main International Security Assistance Force base, Camp Warehouse. A suicide car bomber killed four German ISAF soldiers on the same road near Camp Warehouse on June 7. Twenty-nine German troops were also injured in the attack on their bus, and a passerby was killed.
Tactless banquet refunded
A pair of newlyweds in China have won a refund for their wedding banquet after sad songs were played throughout the festivities, a news report said Wednesday. As the couple toasted their marriage with guests at a restaurant in Keqiao, Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, morose Chinese songs including You Took Away My Woman and Why Do You Love Someone Else Secretly were played in the background. The couple were given an 80 per cent discount on the banquet, which cost US$180 per table, after they threatened to report the restaurant to the local consumer association, the Hong Kong edition of the China Daily newspaper reported.
Mechanics sabotage drains
About 230 municipal workers, identified by distinct yellow arm bands, will watch over 115 rain water drains in the Indian capital, it was reported yesterday. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has classified the drains as "vulnerable," after it was discovered a group of unscrupulous car mechanics were blocking them with garbage and plastic bags, in order to wreck roads and increase auto repairs.
Police tracking wine case
Thai police yesterday were investigating the source of a batch of poisonous fake wine that killed two people and left seven others seriously ill. The commander of Thailand's Tourist Police, Major General Panya Mahmen, dismissed reports that the wine was produced by a member of the Russian mafia who intended to export the deadly liquid to the US for "terrorist" purposes as a hoax perpetrated by a key suspect in the case.
Khmer Rouge wife dies
Wife of supreme Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, known as "Brother No. 1," died of old age and chronic illnesses in a former rebel stronghold in remote northwestern Cambodia, officials said yesterday. Khieu Ponnary, 83, suffered from dementia for years, but fell seriously ill about three years ago, officials said.
Jealous wife takes action
A jealous wife has put up explicit posters around a city in western China advertising for a new boyfriend for her husband's teenage lover, the South China Morning Post reported yesterday. The advertisements plastered around the streets of Chengu, Sichuan Province, give the full name and details of the 19-year-old girl the woman suspects of sleeping with her husband, according to the Post. The teenager is furious about the posters which appeal for a man who is "good in bed" to get in contact with her, according to the paper.
Doctors unready for SARS
The British Medical Association admitted yesterday that the National Health Service was so unprepared for the recent international outbreak of SARS that it gave general practitioners (GPs) urgent advice to buy protective masks and gloves from the nearest branch of B&Q. GPs without the masks, gloves, goggles and aprons were even advised to consider giving consultations through letter boxes. The association's annual meeting in Torquay called for better preparation for epidemics and bio-terrorist attacks after hearing evidence of the panic response to the world alert about SARS in March.