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■ India

Nuclear missile tested

India yesterday tested a

new version of its nuclear-capable Prithvi missile, which has an enhanced range that could easily reach the capital of Pakistan, the Press Trust

of India reported. The new medium-range missile can reach between 150km and 200km. The test was done at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur. India routinely tests its missiles and some two dozen tests have been done so far for the Prithvi since 1988. The Indian Army has already deployed the missile. The new version has been developed for

the Indian Air Force and

was fired from a mobile launcher, the news agency reported.

■ China

No gifts for judges

China has issued a new

set of regulations aimed

at cracking down on its corrupt judicial system, forbidding judges from accepting cash and gifts

in return for favorable verdicts, state press reported yesterday. "A judge is banned from accepting money, gifts and securities from one party of the lawsuit and his [or her] lawyer as well as their invitation for dinner and entertainment and are also not allowed to borrow things, including vehicles, from them," Xinhua news agency said, citing the new regulations. Judges were also "banned from meeting one party of a lawsuit and his [or her] lawyer in private and lawyers are forbidden to meet the judge of his [or her] case in private either," it said.

■ China

Spy PC game banned

China has banned a Norwegian-made computer game involving a spy-for-hire chasing military secrets in China because it allegedly blackens the country's image, the government

said yesterday. The State

Press and Publication Administration said the game, Project IGI2: Covert Strike, violates Chinese regulations prohibiting games that hurt China's national dignity and interests. The game allows players to pretend they

are a freelance mercenary tracking down illegal computer technology.

■ Australia

Dead man had bike cache

The death of a suspected bicycle thief has saddled police with an intriguing problem -- what to do with his houseful of bikes. Police said yesterday the man, who was in his 60s, died last week while trying to steal

a bike in Melbourne. They

did not elaborate on the

cause of death. Officers discovered the cache of about 1,000 bicycles when they went to inform the man's relatives in the nearby town of Geelong of his death. "In every room including his bedroom, bathroom and kitchen there are bikes, bike helmets, parts, chains, seats and tires ... it's something else," said Senior Sergeant Adrian Benny.

■ The Philippines

Huge cake planned

Bakers in a Philippine

town hope to take the

cake, using three tonnes

of strawberries, a tonne of flour and thousands of eggs. They plan to create the world's largest strawberry cake with a base 4.9m by 7.3m and a strawberry-shaped top towering 2.7m. Event organizers hope the cake will eclipse the record held in Florida for the biggest flat strawberry

cake. The giant dessert

will be served to more than

40,000 people expected to

gather today for an annual strawberry festival in La Trinidad, a mountain town in the northern Philippines.

■ Costa Rica

Cow gets cab ride

Police pursuing suspected criminals on Thursday managed to stop the suspects' taxi and were stunned to find that their back-seat passenger was a cow. The two suspects were accused of stealing the cow outside the city of Heredia, just north of San Jose. They somehow managed to force the animal into the back seat of a cab and tried to make their escape, police said. TV images showed the cow placidly staring out of the back window of the taxi at the police officers. The two men were taken into custody and the cow was to be given back to her owner, reports said.

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