Fri, Jul 23, 2004 - Page 7 News List

World News Quick Take

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■ Hong Kong

Candidate registration opens

Opening the way for a fierce battle between Hong Kong's pro-democracy and pro-Beijing politicians, electoral officials began accepting registrations yesterday from candidates in the September legislative races. Pro-democracy politicians are expected to be big winners as voters vent their anger at Hong Kong's unpopular leader, Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa (董建華), seen by many as a puppet of Beijing, which has held back on moving toward full democracy in the territory. After hundreds of thousands of people marched on July 1 to demand universal suffrage, the government's allies are bracing for an upset in the Sept. 12 elections.

■ Hong Kong

Kid's call busts randy dad

A five-year old's innocent call to his mother blew the whistle on his father's cheating ways, leading to a vicious cat fight between here and the man's young mistress, Hong Kong police and media reports said yesterday. "Mommy, daddy brought a woman home and they are on the bed," the boy told his mother in a phone call, according to an interview with the mother in Apple Daily. The mother, 32, sepa-rated from her husband, left her son in the father's care every morning when she left for work. After receiving the phone call, she rushed home to find her husband and his 20 year-old mistress canoodling on the sofa. The mother claimed that in the ensuing brawl her head was struck by a hairdryer and a remote control handset. The mistress' foot was hurt by broken glass.

■ Japan

Fischer fights deportation

Former world chess champion Bobby Fischer, wanted by Washington for defying sanctions by playing a match in Yugoslavia in 1992, is fighting deportation from Japan and wants asylum in a third country, a friend said yesterday. Fischer was detained at Narita airport last week when he tried to leave for the Philippines on an invalid passport. Miyoko Watai of the Japan Chess Association said Fischer, 61, was appealing the move to deport him. Fischer arrived in Japan in April, unaware that his passport, reissued in Switzerland in 1997, had been revoked last December, Watai said. "He took really good care of his passport and there were three years left," she said.

■ Thailand

Bird flu invades Bangkok

The resurgence in Thailand of the deadly bird flu that ravaged Asian flocks earlier this year has reached the outskirts of Bangkok, a senior Agriculture Ministry official said yesterday. Suspected cases of the H5N1 virus were being investigated in two southern provinces not affected by the bird flu epidemic earlier this year, Yukol Limlaemthong, head of the ministry's Livestock Department, said. Fifteen of Thailand's 76 provinces have been hit by the disease, which killed 16 people in Vietnam and eight Thais. "Bird flu is confirmed in three districts of Bangkok," Yukol said.

■ Japan

Knife-resistant children

They may not look cool, but knife-resistant kid's sweatshirts and coats are the latest products aimed at providing parental peace of mind in a Japan horrified by a series of gruesome attacks on children. The sweatshirts, and coats that look like plain waterproofs, are made from the same fibers used in police and military knife-proof and bullet-proof vests, according to the maker, Madre. "We created this product so children would be okay, even if they went off to play by themselves," said a spokesman for Madre.

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