Thu, Jul 08, 2004 - Page 7 News List

World News Quick Take


■ China

Body parts found

Chinese police found severed human limbs, an abdomen and a piece of human skin -- apparently from a man and woman slain just a few days ago -- in the border city of Shenzhen, a newspaper reported yesterday. The body parts, including a leg and part of an arm, were found Monday and Tuesday in a wastewater treatment plant, according to the Apple Daily in Hong Kong. Chinese police were still trying to identify the victims and find out who killed them, the newspaper said. A man who answered the phone at Shenzhen police and identified himself by the surname Liu told reporters that no one was available for comment.

■ Australia

Airport evacuated

The international terminal at Sydney airport was evacuated Wednesday after security was breached when a passenger tried to board a Qantas flight without a boarding pass, police said. Australian Federal Police said the man was stopped at the door of Qantas flight QF149 bound for Los Angeles when it was discovered he did not have a boarding pass. A police spokeswoman said the man was arrested and was being questioned.

■ Vietnam

Activists to be tried

Two pro-democracy dissidents who openly criticized the communist government on the Internet are set to go to trial in Vietnam, an international advocacy group said. Imprisoned academic Tran Khue and a former army colonel, Pham Que Duong, are expected to go on trial July 9 and 14, respectively, after being charged with "abuse of democratic rights with the aim of harming the interests of the State," Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said in a statement. Khue, a professor of literature who started a group against corruption, has posted several critical articles on the Internet, including a piece on a controversial land border agreement with China.

■ Philippines

Suspects caught with bombs

Three people have been arrested for possession of explosives and ammunition in a southern Philippine city, an army spokesman said yesterday. Lieutenant Colonel Felicisimo Budiongan said the suspects were arrested late Tuesday at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Davao City, 1,005km south of Manila. "The suspects were aboard a motorcycle when they were stopped by alert soldiers at a checkpoint in the village of Lumied," he said. "The three did not resist arrest." Thirty rocket grenades, four landmines and ammunition for an M-14 assault rifle were seized from the suspects, Budiongan said.

■ China

Russia, China make deal

Former Cold War rivals Russia and China will hold joint military exercises next year, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday. The announcement came as navy ships from China and Malaysia prepared for joint search and rescue exercises off China's east coast over the weekend. The Chinese navy has in recent months held similar exercises with ships from Britain, France, India and Pakistan, part of Beijing's drive to use military contacts to raise its diplomatic profile. Xinhua said an agreement on the exercises with Russia was signed in Moscow by visiting Chinese General Guo Boxiong and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov.

■ Germany

Eat your heart out, Hannibal

Six months after Germany's infamous cannibal Armin Meiwes was jailed for killing and eating another man,

one of the country's most controversial film directors is to make a film of his bizarre life. Rosa von Praunheim's film is to be entitled Your Heart in My Brain, and is expected to be shot later this year. A film foundation has given the director a 20,000 euro (US$24,600) grant. "It's controversial, but we think anything by von Praunheim is worth supporting," foundation spokeswoman Erna Kiefer said on Tuesday. Von Praunheim said his film would show Meiwes in his prison cell, talking to his victim's head. The head apparently asks Meiwes to eat him again.

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