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AGENCIES

for the nonprofit Adult

Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, on Thursday.

A list of quarantined performers was placed

on the Web site of the foundation, which screens about 1,200 adult-movie performers a month for

HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

■ Russia

Heavy ballerina loses suit

A top Russian ballerina, sacked for being too heavy, lost a damages claim for US$1 million against the chief of Moscow's Bolshoi Theater on Thursday.

Prima ballerina Anastasia Volochkova, fired last September for being too bulky for her partners to

lift, sought the damages

from Anatoly Iksanov for

harming her personal and professional reputation.

The case at a Moscow court centered on a newspaper interview with Iksanov headlined "No one wants to dance with Volochkova."

■ Italy

Artist ropable over media

British performance artist Mark McGowan dragged a TV roped to his ear through Milan on Wednesday to protest against what he called excessive political control over the media in Italy and other countries. His head bandaged to hold the rope, he said he was heading for the headquarters of Fininvest, the holding company of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. McGowan said he had covered 1km and had another 3km to go. McGowan's other exploits have included pushing a

nut with his nose through London to 10 Downing Street in protest at education costs.

■ Italy

Chef unveils handy pizza

In the innermost recesses of an exclusive school for top chefs, Italians have been plotting a devastating counterstrike against the hot dog and the hamburger. US supremacy on a battlefield stretching from stadium terraces to railway platforms has been assured by the unique portability of its fare. Unique, that is, until the arrival of the hand-held pizza. Thanks to Rossano Boscolo, whose cone-shaped creation was unveiled on Thursday at an exhibition in Milan, slobs the world over can walk, talk and eat pizza at the same time without having to worry about dribbling mozzarella or slithery slices of tomato all over themselves. The pizza takes three minutes to cook in a special oven, which was also designed at Boscolo's school.

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