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■ China

Castrating mother arrested

A mother has been arrested in central China for trying to castrate her four-year-old son to spite her bullying husband, a news report said yesterday. The woman, from Wuhan, Hubei province, used a pair of scissors to to try to hack off her son's testicles, leaving him seriously injured, the South China Morning Post reported. She later told police she had been ill-treated by her husband and wanted to make sure her husband's family line did not continue, the newspaper said.

■ New Zealand

Kiefer Sutherland bares it

Women watching a male revue show in New Zealand's central North Island town of Raetihi got a special thrill when Hollywood movie star Kiefer Sutherland decided to join the show, the New Zealand Herald reported yesterday. Sutherland was in the area while filming the movie River Queen, which is being shot in a scenic bush reserve near the town. He was drinking with some of the cast and crew in the Raetihi Cosmopolitan Club last Thursday while the revue was being staged in front of an all-woman audience in an adjoining room. Requesting Stairway to Heaven for his routine, Sutherland had to make do with the song You Can Leave Your Hat On.

■ South Korea

Koizumi arrives

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi arrived in South Korea yesterday for talks with South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun that are expected to focus on resolving a nuclear crisis with North Korea. Koizumi's two-day visit to the southern resort island of Cheju takes place amid signs the US is moving closer to the approaches of its two main Asian allies, Japan and South Korea, on how to break a lengthy impasse with North Korea. "Bearing in mind the six-way talks and my meeting with [North Korean leader] Kim Jong-il, I hope to discuss what measures are needed," Koizumi said in Tokyo before his departure. Koizumi met Kim for the second time in Pyongyang in May.

■ Japan

No confirmation of threats

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Masaaki Yamazaki said yesterday the government of Japan would not confirm media reports that an Islamic militant group is threatening to attack Japan if the government does not withdraw its troops from Iraq. "There is various information, including the [report that has been] mentioned. However, we have not received any official message from them," Yamazaki said in Tokyo. The official reiterated that the Japanese government will not withdraw its troops from Iraq.

■ India

Gangster threatens rampage

A dreaded Indian gangster threatened to convert hundreds of villages into cremation grounds if changes were not made to a Bollywood film about his wife, it was reported yesterday. The film Wounded traces the journey of Seema Parihar from a 13-year-old to a notorious bandit in the Chambal ravines of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Parihar, 35, was charged with 29 counts of murder and kidnapping. She was given bail to play herself in the film. She was first married to Chambal gangster Nirbhay Gujjar, who still carries a bounty of 250,000 rupees (US$5,500). But in the film, her love interest is another gangster, Lalaram. "It was because of Seema that I picked up the gun. She was my love and I married her around 1987," Nirbhay said.

■ Czech Republic

Don't jaywalk -- or die

A Czech police officer took a police campaign to cut traffic accidents a little too far when he shot at a pedestrian who crossed a road on a red light. The policeman in the western city of Pilsen first fired a warning shot in

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