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■ Malaysia
Mahathir attacks US, UK

US and British pilots whose bombs killed Iraqi civilians were murderers, and the invasion and occupation of Iraq by those two countries amounted to terrorism, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday. Several British and European diplomats walked out in protest against Mahathir's broadside in a speech at a national conference on human rights. The US Embassy has decided earlier not to send officers to the event. Mahathir, who ruled majority Muslim Malaysia for 22 years before retiring in 2003, also defended his human rights record in government. He was often criticized for detaining suspects without trial under a security law and for the imprisonment of former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.

■ New Zealand

Cheeky billboards removed

Three billboards in Auckland advertising an automobile trade magazine's Web site with the words "We've got rides for dirty bitches" will be taken down following several complaints from women, it was reported yesterday. The billboards included a picture of two fluffy dogs looking out the window of a mud-spattered sports utility vehicle. Tina Clyma, of ACP Media, publisher of Auto Trader, said the billboards would be taken down before the Advertising Standards Authority ruled on the complaints made to it. "It was a cheeky reference to New Zealanders love affair with vehicles," she said. "It was not meant to cause offense to anybody, but it looks like we are really in the dog-house over this one."

■ China

Cheaters could face charges

Students who cheat at exams are usually given a zero grade or sometimes expelled from school, but in China they could soon face criminal charges. A newly-published draft version of the country's first educational exam law has triggered widespread controversy by suggesting that cheating should be viewed as a criminal offense, Shenzhen Daily reported yesterday. It states that cheating, especially organized, large-scale cheating, is against the law.

■ Australia

Granny killer found dead

A notorious Australian serial killer known as the "granny killer" was found dead in his cell yesterday after apparently hanging himself, prison authorities said. A New South Wales state corrective services spokesman said John Wayne Glover's body was found in his cell at Lithgow jail, west of Sydney, early yesterday afternoon and he was pronounced dead shortly afterward. Glover, who was in his early 70s, was serving life without parole for the murders of six women in Sydney's exclusive North Shore area between 1989 and 1990. All but one of his victims were aged over 80.

■ Iraq
Airport closed in money row

The British company that polices Baghdad's airport closed it to passengers yesterday for the second time in three months, in another attempt to force the Iraqi government to pay what it says are months of unpaid bills. A senior spokesman for Iraq's Transport Ministry confirmed the airport was closed over the money issue but said: "Within hours we will solve the problem ... We will pay them." "We haven't been paid for seven months," Giles Morgan, a spokesman for Global Strategies Group, which has guarded the airport with about 550 staff since the middle of last year, said.

■ Canada

Hu begins visit

Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) started a landmark tour of North America on Thursday and said he wanted to expand relations with Canada ahead of a meeting with Prime Minister Paul Martin. The Canadian leader was expected to press Hu over China's human-rights record and huge pollution emissions at a meeting yesterday but his government is also anxious to build up trade. Hu said the Canadian and Chinese economies were "highly complimentary" and stressed the "vast potential" for further cooperation.

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