Thu, Aug 05, 2004 - Page 7 News List

World News Quick Take


■ JapanFavorite loser to retire

Glorious Spring has won hearts across Japan for racing doggedly in more than 100 horse races -- and losing every one of them. She placed second just four times. Now her losing days are numbered -- not because she's expected to ever win a competition, but because her owners have announced the eight-year old horse is retiring next March. The owner made the decision to put her out to pasture after the animal lost her 113rd consecutive race on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Kochi Racecourse, her home turf, said yesterday. The horse's chestnut face adorns novelty goods and has been eulogized in a pop song while betting tickets with her name on them are considered talismans against high-speed car accidents.

■ Hong Kong

Baby chokes on breast milk

A 10-day-old baby boy has died after apparently choking to death on his mother's breast milk in his Hong Kong home, police said yesterday. The infant was found unconscious by his mother about four hours after he went to sleep after drinking her milk early on Tuesday morning. The frantic 25-year-old mother called emergency services when she was unable to wake her baby and the infant was declared dead after arriving at the hospital, a police spokesman said. An examination found milk blocking the boy's trachea. Deaths from breast-feeding or drinking from baby bottles are rare but doctors advise mothers not to feed a crying child as it may choke if it is sobbing when fed.

■ Indonesia

Suspect `jumps' to death

Police say an African man jumped to his death from the 24th floor of his apartment building to evade arrest by narcotics officers searching the building, a local television station reported yesterday. The man threw an unspecified amount of heroin from the room in the luxury complex in central Jakarta before jumping, said Jakarta's narcotic police chief, Colonel Carlo Tewu. Tewu described the man as African, but didn't reveal his nationality or name. Tewu said that the man was on a list of wanted drug dealers.

■ China

School attack kills one

A gatekeeper at a Beijing kindergarten slashed 15 students and three teachers with a kitchen knife yesterday, killing one child and leaving others terrified and "covered in blood," police and news reports said. Two other children suffered "serious injuries" at the school affiliated with Peking University in the Chinese capital, according to a statement by the Beijing police. The police and official Xinhua News Agency identified the suspected attacker as Xu Heping, a 51-year-old gatekeeper at the school, and said he used a vegetable knife. Eight officers were sent to the scene within a minute and arrested the man, police said.

■ Hong Kong

Car bomb kills man

A man was killed by a car bomb early yesterday, police said, and local television reported he had narrowly escaped death in a similar attack nearly four years ago. Authorities believe explosives were hidden in the man's car and may have been detonated by a mobile phone as the man was driving with his wife, who was seriously injured in the face and hands. Police spokeswoman Cynthia Au identified the 47-year-old man by the surname Liu, and his 42-year-old wife by the surname Wong. There was no immediate indication of the motive, Au said. TV footage showed the wreckage of Liu's car.

■ RussiaHippos spoil a nice vodka

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