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A vendor sells `Bushnnochio' dolls and other items on Sunday in Boston, Massachusetts, at an anti-war protest that drew thousands of participants in the historic city one day before the Democratic National Convention opens nearby.


■ India

Grenade wounds patients

One person was killed and 30 injured in a grenade explosion yesterday at a hospital

in Indian-administered

Kashmir, police and witnesses

said. They said suspected

rebels tossed a grenade at paramilitary troops near the outpatients department at the main hospital in Baramulla, 55km north of the summer capital Srinagar. "The

grenade exploded among the paramilitary men and civilian patients and attendants," a police spokesman said. The identity of the dead person had yet to be ascertained. "The hospital was abuzz with activity when the explosion took place," the spokesman said, adding that few of the injured were with India's Border Security Force.

■ China

Hijacking goes nowhere

A Chinese jetliner bound from Beijing to southern China made an emergency landing yesterday after a passenger shouted that he wanted to hijack the flight to South Korea, but the unarmed man was detained and the plane took off again, state media and an airport spokeswoman said. The Air China plane

was bound for the city of Changsha when it was forced to stop in Zhengzhou in central China, the Changsha airport spokeswoman said. The plane landed after the passenger rushed an onboard security guard and said he wanted to hijack the flight to South Korea, the newspaper said. "He just shouted. He

had nothing in his hands.

His behavior made him

seem mentally ill," the report quoted a source as saying.

■ China

Kids having plastic surgery

An increasing number of parents are taking children

as young as three to plastic surgeons in China, state media reported yesterday. Xiong Xiangfeng, vice president of Shanghai Ren'ai Hospital, told the China Daily that "more and more" teenagers, accompanied by their parents, are seeking plastic surgery with his hospital. Most want their noses enlarged and a fold cut onto their eyelids to make them bigger -- to make

them look more like the Westerners they see in Hollywood films and the advertisements on billboards and in magazines.

■ Australia

Woman survives ordeal

Rescuers on Sunday praised the survival instincts of a grandmother who emerged virtually unscathed more than three days after becoming

lost in the Australia's rugged northwest following a run-in with a wild bull. With little water and no food, rescuers admitted they never expected to find Norma Hayes, 65, alive in terrain where temperatures approach freezing at night and soar to 40oC during the day. The search party was amazed when she strolled into their base camp on Saturday suffering only dehydration and minor scratches. Hayes said she became separated from her bushwalking group after a wild bull chased her into the scrub, where she fell over and knocked herself out.

■ Thailand

Golfers dodge bullets

Forget water hazards and sandtraps: health hazards

are the main concern for unfortunate golfers at a course in Thailand who are dodging stray bullets from

a nearby shooting range,

an official said yesterday. Retrieving an errant tee-shot has become a no-no on the 15th hole at the Field Marshall Plaek Golf Course, which abuts a shooting range in Lopburi province where police officers are known to practice their marksmanship. "We have seen bullets glancing off from somewhere and falling on our golf course," manager Colonel Bavornrat Maitreeprasat said.

■ Israel

Vanunu travel ban upheld

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