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■ China

Home-style toileting

A man in western China is seeking permission to turn his home into a public toilet as a way of making money for his family, a news report said yesterday. He Ming of Chengdu in Sichuan Province has filed his application with the city's municipal planning department, according to the South China Morning Post. Ming says there are few public toilets in the area where he lives and converting his home into one will raise the family's standard of living.

■ South Africa

Man fed to lion

A game farmer and three other men from northern South Africa were to appear in court yesterday after they allegedly beat up a worker and fed him to a lion, newspaper reports said yesterday. The remains, including a skull and bloodied clothing belonging to 38-year-old Nelson Shisane, were found in the game farm near the town of Hoedspruit bordering Kruger National Park, according to the Star newspaper. "Witnesses say the farmer first severely beat Shisane, before tying him up, driving him 15km to the game farm and throwing him over the fence into a lion enclosure," a police spokesman was quoted as saying.

■ China

Old woman sues toddler

An 80-year-old woman who sued a three-year-old boy for allegedly causing her to fall and break her leg was awarded 5,000 yuan (US$600) in a Shanghai court, state press reported yesterday. The boy, the city's youngest-ever defendant, was accused of running into the woman in a park early last year, the Shanghai Morning Post reported. One witness, the child's babysitter, said that a small stone had caused the woman to lose her balance as she was trying to stand up to greet the boy, who she had signaled over.

■ Malaysia

Wives bust husbands

A group of angry Malaysian wives tipped-off authorities on the existence of an illegal casino after they could no longer tolerate their spouses' gambling habits, it was reported yesterday. Police raided the den, which had been operating at a rented shop lot in the central Selangor state for the past eight months, following a police report lodged by the group of women.

■ India

Vajpayee relative killed

Police have arrested a man accused of throwing a relative of India's prime minister to his death from a moving train, a government official said yesterday. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's grandnephew, Manish Mishra, allegedly was hurled from the train when he tried to stop a group of men from harassing women students on Jan. 24. The 24-year-old's body was later found near the railway tracks. Police said they arrested a jewelry trader, Ramji Verma, 32, in a village in central India where he had hid since learning from newspaper reports that the victim was Vajpayee's relative.

■ Vietnam

Helicopter dream grounded

Police have confiscated the home-made helicopter made by a farmer and a retired sports coach, police officers said yesterday. Tran Quoc Hai, a 44-year-old retired sports coach, said he has been obsessed with building a home-made flying machine since he lived next to a US military base during the Vietnam War. "I have been dreaming of being able to fly since my family lived in Go Dau district which was next to an American military base," Hai said.

■ UAE

Plane crash kills dozens

At least 34 people were killed as an Iranian Kish Airline plane with 40 passengers and five crew on board crashed near Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) yesterday. The UAE's official news agency, WAM, quoted sources at the scene as saying they could see 33 charred bodies. Another person died at a Sharjah hospital. The agency said the crash occurred as the plane was landing in Sharjah airport at 11am. A doctor at a Sharjah hospital said there were at least three survivors. A passenger list showed that the passengers were from Iran, India, Egypt, Nepal, Nigeria and the Philippines.

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