Mon, Nov 17, 2003 - Page 7 News List

World News Quick Take

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■ China
Fireworks blasts kill nine

Two blasts ripped through two separate fireworks factories in southern China's Guangxi province in a span of 12 hours, killing nine and injuring 18, state press reports said yesterday. Four people were killed and five others seriously injured Saturday morning in an explosion at an illegal firecracker factory in the Gongguan district of Beihai city, the official Xinhua news agency reported. In a separate explosion Saturday night, five people were killed and 13 injured when a blast ripped through the Gongguan Export Fireworks Plant, the region's largest fireworks factory, the report said.

■ Indonesia

Three killed in violence

Three people were killed in the latest violence in Indonesia's restive Poso district in Central Sulawesi while two suspected assailants in a bloody Oct. 12 attack on three villages were captured alive, police said yesterday. "We just received a report that the bodies of two men, both with gunshot wounds, were found in an car in Poso Pesisir," Master Sergeant Usman of the district police in Poso said by telephone. He said the identity of the victims or the circumstance of their death were yet unknown. Usman said that on Saturday, police raiding a house where people suspected of having taken part in the Oct. 12 shootings that killed 10 people in three villages near Poso town, shot one suspect dead.

■ Australia

Clubber gets stuck in vent

A drunken Australian ejected from a Sydney nightclub had to be rescued by ambulance officers when he trapped himself in an air vent as he tried to sneak back into the premises, club officials said yesterday. A spokesman for the Penrith Panthers club, on Sydney's western outskirts, said the 20-year-old man was kicked out of the club for drunken behavior about 1am yesterday. "He apparently tried to get back in surreptitiously by climbing onto the roof and making his way down through the air conditioning system and he got stuck," the spokesman said. "Fortunately for him, he had a mobile phone and called one of his friends and they raised the alarm."

■ Singapore

Toilet etiquette explained

Aim at the target and make sure the toilet seat is left gleaming -- that is the perfect remedy for a cleaner, happier world. Report flushes that do not work and help tourists find the loo at shopping malls, the Singapore-based World Toilet Organization said in a campaign on latrine etiquette ahead of World Toilet Day on Wednesday. The group listed 10 toilet essentials and and urged people to add to the list. "If everyone joins in, there [will be] better public toilets and happier people," said Jack Sim, a founding member of the organization and president of the Restroom Association of Singapore. In the city-state, well known for strict laws against littering and where clean toilets are stamped with a "happy face" sticker, the organization is calling for comments on public toilets to be sent to its e-mail address, info@toilet.org.sg, or through mobile phone text messages. It is also encouraging other countries to establish their own feedback mechanisms to allow people to send comments on toilets they have used. The comments will be tabled as an agenda for the next World Toilet Summit in Beijing next year. "Be it brickbats or bouquets, the user should give feedback to the owner of the toilet about the state of the facilities," the organization said.

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