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■ Australia

Alley honors AC/DC

Rock band AC/DC, well known for their hit Highway to Hell, are to have a humble alleyway named in their honor. The Australian hard rockers, one of music's top acts for more than 20 years, are to be memorialized by "AC/DC Lane" in the city of Melbourne, the home town

of drummer Phil Rudd and former bass player Mark Evans. "The lane suggested

is ... one of about 1,000 City

of Melbourne streets called Corporation Lane -- a default title for many unnamed lanes," said Catherine Ng, who heads the city's planning and development committee.

■ Australia

Roos go to town

Locals and tourists were warned yesterday to stay away from mobs of ravenous kangaroos brought into

towns and cities by the worst drought in living memory. Parched earth in the bush has sent mobs of the animals on the move, with some taking up positions in public parks where there is grass. "They are instinctively wary of people," ecologist Murray Evans told the Sydney Morning Herald. "If we are

all a little more careful and aware, it won't attack." Evans said two dogs had been killed by kangaroos in Canberra and a woman had been scratched when she got too close to one. Evans warned visitors not to walk up to a kangaroo that was standing upright and looking you in the eye.

■ Japan

Court backs slave laborers

A Japanese high court yesterday reversed a lower court ruling and ordered

a construction firm to pay compensation to a group of Chinese who were forced to labor in Japan during World War II. The rare ruling by

the Hiroshima High Court overturned a July 2002 lower court ruling and ordered Nishimatsu Construction Co to pay the five plaintiffs 27.5 million yen (US$252,600)

in compensation, a court spokesman said. "The forced labor was an abuse of human rights," the presiding judge said in passing judgment.

■ Sri Lanka

Attacks threaten peace bid

An elderly monk was badly wounded in a grenade attack on a Sri Lanka temple, and

the Tamil Tigers said they executed two rival rebels in new violence since a suicide bombing this week raised fears for the island's peace bid. Both attacks were thought to be linked to

the Tigers' anger both at a breakaway faction led by

an eastern rebel commander known as Karuna and at the military, which they say is trying to weaken them by helping the rival group.

The 91-year-old monk was wounded and in critical condition after the attack on the Bubulla temple near the Batticaloa district.

■ United Kingdom

Diana museum to fold

The museum set up on the Spencer family estate in central England to commemorate Diana, Princess of Wales, is to close because ticket sales have fallen sharply, the Times reported yesterday. Diana's brother, Earl Charles Spencer, has decided to close the exhibition of artefacts linked to Diana's life at the end of this summer, seven years after her death, the newspaper said. The memorial display chronicles Diana's childhood, her marriage to Prince Charles and her charity work. The exhibition drew 150,000 in the first two years after opening in 1998, but by last year numbers had fallen to 80,000.

■ United Kingdom

Love-letter earns huge sum

An erotic letter from James Joyce to his lifelong love Nora Barnacle fetched four times its expected price at an auction at Sotheby's in London yesterday evening. An anonymous bidder paid ?240,800 (US$443,000) for the letter. Joyce scholars had long known about the Dec. 1, 1909 letter, as Joyce referred to its graphically sexual content in subsequent letters to Barnacle, but it had been presumed destroyed. It was discovered by chance hidden in the pages of an old book in a collection held by Joyce's brother Stanislaus.

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