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■ Australia

Doubts over dingo case

A forensic expert who investigated the high profile case of a baby's disappearance in the Australian outback 24 years ago demolished yesterday new claims by an elderly man that he had found the infant in the mouth of a dingo he shot in August, 1980. Melbourne pensioner Frank Cole, 78, told a weekend newspaper he shot the native wild dog while hunting near Uluru national park in the Northern Territory and retrieved the body of baby Azaria Chamberlain from its mouth. Forensic scientist Dr Kenneth Brown, who originally examined the bloodstained and torn jumpsuit worn by Azaria, said the claims by Cole could not possibly have been true and his story was probably a fabrication.

■ Singapore

Libel suit dropped

Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew has dropped a libel suit against a former president who claimed Lee ordered government doctors to give him hallucinatory drugs, officials and local media said yeserday. Lee abandoned his suit against Devan Nair after the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail revealed last week that the former president was unfit for trial because he was suffering from dementia, the Straits Times newspaper said. Nair was president from 1981 to 1985. Yeong Yoon Ying, Lee's press secretary, would only confirm the lawsuit has been dropped but declined to elaborate.

■ Japan

New style for white papers

In an effort to increase readership of its annual defense white paper, Japan's Defense Ministry plans to issue a version of it as a "manga" comic book. "We'd like to be able to reach the younger generations, those in their 20s and 30s," a ministry spokeswoman said. She was unable to give further details of what form the comic would take, saying that it was still under production, but added that the ministry hopes to issue it in August.

■ China

Bar encourages weeping

A bar where heartbroken people can come to cry while drowning their sorrows has opened in eastern China, a news report said yesterday. The bar in Nanjing charges 50 yuan (US$6) an hour on top of drinks for customers to cry into their beer as much as they want to. Tissues and menthol drops are provided on the bar as well as onions and red peppers for those who need help bursting into tears, according to the Hong Kong edition of the China Daily. Bar tenders play sad music and there are dolls available for customers to throw around or beat to vent their anger over broken relationships.

■ Cambodia

Jolie saves forest

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has persuaded Cambodian ministers to cancel a planned hydroelectricity project in a huge forest near her home, Prime Minister Hun Sen said after meeting her Tuesday. The Oscar-winning actress owns a residence in the Samlot district of northwestern Battambang province, often visits the war-torn kingdom and has been campaigning on environmental issues. Hun Sen told reporters that Jolie, who met him along with a team of ministers and diplomats, had asked him about conflicting plans to build hydroelectricity plants as well as to protect Samlot's forests. "We agreed to give up electricity investment plans, even though we have a shortage, and will instead plan for the protection of trees and wildlife, which is better," he said.

■ The Netherlands

Judges mull on Milosevic

Judges at former Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic's war crimes

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