Pets carcasses a threat
Of the 200 pets that die every day in Beijing, only one is cremated, and the rest are left to rot, posing a serious threat to public health, state media said yesterday. The city of 13 million people -- and at least 1 million pets -- is trying to improve waste management so it can host a "Green Olympics" in 2008, but pet carcass disposal is lagging behind, Xinhua news agency said. "Quite a number of dead pets end up in the trash cans of residential communities," said Liao Yumin, manager of Beijing Boai Animal Crematorium.
Naughty monk on the run
A Buddhist monk was on the run after a hysterical woman claiming to be his fiancee turned up at his temple and accused him of jilting her and absconding with her money, religious officials said yesterday. Phan Noeun, 35, turned up on the doorstep of the temple on the outskirts of Phnom Penh claiming monk Suos Sophal, 31, had tricked her into a sexual relationship and out of hundreds of dollars with the promise of marriage. Monks then searched Suos Sophal's room and allegedly found pornographic videos and pictures of a number of other women. His where-abouts are currently unknown.
Top fugitive nabbed
The nation's most wanted man, who led a notorious gang charged with a series of major heists since the early 1990s, has been captured, local media reported yes-terday. Mohd Yusof Abu Bakar's Mamak Gang is alleged to have accumulated about 50 million ringgit (US$13 million) in a crime spree which included the country's biggest armed robbery at Subang Airport, where they seized 10 million ringgit in gold bars in 1994, The Star said. Mohd Yusof was detained on Wednesday at a Kuala Lumpur apartment after three years on the run, the paper said. He was first arrested in September 2001 after a shootout with police but escaped by leaping from a moving police vehicle.
Rebels kills 20 soldiers
The government sent heli-copters and more soldiers yesterday to hunt for Maoist rebels in their stronghold in the west of the country after 20 troops were killed in a deadly attack by guerrillas. The attack in the hilly jungles of Arghakhanchi district, about 350km west of Kathmandu, was the worst for the army since June. The escalation in violence comes less than a month before a Jan. 13 government deadline for the rebels to join peace talks if they want to be included in a long-delayed election. The rebels have rejected the deadline to join talks. The rebels oppose polls and analysts said the attacks were aimed at pressuring the government to hold talks on their terms.
Bhutto's husband protests
The husband of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto said yesterday that the government has rejected his request for a new pass-port, following his release on bail after eight years in jail on corruption charges. Asif Ali Zardari filed a petition in the Karachi High Court yesterday to challenge the rejection, which prevents him from reuniting with his wife, who lives in exile.``They told me `you cannot get a new passport because your name was on the exit control list,''' Zardari said. An official at the Directorate of Pass-ports and Immigration denied receiving an applica-tion from Zardari, and said the issue of his name being on the list would only come up when he does so.