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World News Quick Take

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■ AfghanistanUS bombs kills 4 civilians

At least four civilians were killed and nine injured when American fighter jets late Monday bombed to retaliate for a Taliban attack lasting more than two hours in Afghanistan's western Kunar province near Asadabad. US jets later bombed a residential area for three hours. The Taliban and Afghan warlords have attacked US and Afghan troops, aid workers and supporters of US-backed Hamid Karzai's government since December 2001, and have stepped up their activities in the runup to this fall's presidential election, the first in Afghan history.

■ China

Impotence rampant in China

More than 50 percent of Chinese men over 40 suffer from varying degrees of impotence, and most delay seeking treatment because they are embarrassed, according to a nationwide survey released yesterday. The six-month study of 1,000 people in major Chinese cities suggested 52.5 percent of men over 40 suffer from erectile dysfunction and 90 percent of those said their sex lives were badly affected. The survey is the country's first survey of men's sexual health, Xinhua news agency said. Jiang Hui of Beijing People's Hospital said patients on average saw a doctor 22 months after symptoms arose, compared to six months in the West.

■ China

Thwarted ape apes visitors

Sexual frustration has turned a chimpanzee from a mild-mannered simian into a problem primate who smokes cigarettes and spits at visitors, the Xinhua news agency says. Feili, a female chimp in Zhengzhou, Henan, picked up her nasty habits by imitating visitors who behaved "improperly" around her, Xinhua quoted zoo director Liu Bing as saying on Sunday. But Liu said the root cause of Feili's transformation from a "gentle girl" into a "shrew" lay with the inability to find her a satisfactory mate. A male chimpanzee failed to live up to Feili's sexual demands, and she has nixed other suitors.

■ Philippines

Cops get wake-up call

The Philippines' gung-ho new police chief caught two officers sleeping in their air-conditioned car yesterday in front of the US Embassy and vowed to banish them to an island for retraining. Edgar Aglipay was driving by the heavily fortified embassy at dawn when he tapped the officers' car window to wake them up. Aglipay was designated last week to head the police force, vowing to crack down on crime and terrorism and starting a campaign to change the force's shabby, corrupt image. Inspecting more than 3,000 police on Sunday, Aglipay drew a pair of scissors and trimmed at least two officers' hair.

■ Australia

Newspaper smears Greens

The election campaign began with a bang yesterday with claims the Greens Party wanted to allow the sale of "party" drugs, state funding for sex changes and laws to make people ride bicycles and eat less meat. The small but influential Greens Party rejected a media report which claimed it would campaign for all that and more during the run-up to the Oct. 9 election. "Greens back illegal drugs," Melbourne's Herald Sun tabloid declared. Opinion polls show small parties like the Greens and the Democrats could play a crucial role in a cliff-hanger election between Prime Minister John Howard's Liberal/National coalition and Labor. Greens leader Bob Brown rejected most of the claims, saying the report was concocted after the paper contacted a right-wing thinktank supporting Howard.

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