Health inspectors are conducting checks on a restaurant in southern China after 11 cockroaches were found in one dish, a news report said yesterday. The cockroaches were found in a bowl of spare ribs served up to a group of diners at the restaurant in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. The diners did not demand any compensation from the restaurant after discovering the insects, the South China Morning Post reported.
Bali bombings anniversary
Australia will pay for 1,500 relatives of the 88 Australians killed in the Bali bomb attacks to travel to the Indonesian resort island in October for the first anniversary of the blasts. Australian Prime Minister John Howard said yesterday he also plans to travel to Bali for the Oct. 12 anniversary of the explosions, which killed a total of 202 people -- mostly foreign tourists partying in two separate nightclubs. Four Indonesian men, including three brothers, accused of playing central roles in the bomb attacks are currently on trial in Bali.
Typhoon kills four
One of the most powerful typhoons in years ripped into south China, killing at least four people and injuring 16, the official China Daily said yesterday. Over one million people were affected by the storm, the seventh typhoon to hit coastal areas in China this year, it said. Winds of up to 185kph pounded the southern province of Guangdong when Imbudo hit land at noon on Thursday. Three deaths occurred in the city of Luoding, where the storm injured 12 and killed many farm animals. One person was killed in Enping, a coastal city in western Guangdong. It was the most powerful storm to hit the country since 1998.
Article on Koran banned
Newsweek magazine is standing by a story about new interpretations of the Koran that Pakistan authorities have banned for allegedly being offensive to Islam. Pakistan's Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said this week that customs authorities have been ordered to seize copies of the magazine's latest edition. An article on Newsweek's Web site deals with a new interpretation of Islam's holy book by a German scholar of Semitic languages, who argues that the language of the Koran has been misinterpreted and that in verses detailing the rewards of heaven the text's original word, meaning "white raisins," was mistaken for the word "houris," or dark-eyed virgins, the article says. He also questions Islamic rulings that women cover themselves and says the Koran was originally a Christian document.
Paramilitary scam cracked
Malaysian police have cracked a suspected scam selling ranks in a bogus paramilitary force which is believed to have a membership of more than 8,000 people. A total of 21 people have been arrested so far in connection with the so-called Federal Special Forces of Malaysia, said the official Bernama news agency. The suspects, aged 20-35, were detained to assist in investigations on whether or not the organization was involved in other criminal activities, police said. The group has made hundreds of thousands of dollars from its activities, which include selling commissions and rankings in the bogus military group, the New Straits Times daily said.
Arafat cousin attacked
A grenade fired at the office of a cousin of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat on Thursday missed its target and struck an adjacent jail, injuring 10 prisoners, Palestinian security sources said. The sources said that the rocket-propelled grenade had been aimed at the office of Major-General Musa Arafat, the head of Palestinian military intelligence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It missed the office and struck the roof of a prison in the same complex, the Palestinian Authority's main security center in Gaza City, injuring 10 inmates. Seven were taken to the city's Shifa Hospital, the sources said.