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World News Quick Take


■ Australia
Dolphin stabbed to death

Australian officials were yesterday searching for those responsible for killing a dolphin which was found stabbed to death on a beach. The adult female dolphin sustained up to seven stab wounds, including a lethal wound to the heart, officials said. Veterinarians and staff from the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) removed the body from a beach near Geelong in the southern state of Victoria on Monday after being alerted by members of the public.

■ Nepal

Rain may worsen outbreak

Doctors fighting an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in western Nepal said yesterday that fresh rainfall overnight threatened to spread the disease, which has already killed at least 271 people in the country this year. Cooler weather in the southern plain areas of this Himalayan kingdom and the end of the monsoon season have helped control the disease, but the latest downpour could provide breeding grounds for mosquitos which spread the disease. "Because of the fresh rain, we are expecting some new cases to arrive in the next couple of days," said Dr. Ganesh Bahadur Singh, chief of Seti Hospital in Dhangadi, about 600km west of the capital, Katmandu.

■ Australia

Fish used to track lost man

Rescuers tracked down a 65-year-old man who went missing in northern Australia by following a trail of fish pieces he had left. Jakob Jelenic got lost Sunday after a rogue buffalo chased him more than 2km through remote bushland in Arnhem Land east of the northern port of Darwin, where he had been fishing for barramundi, an Australian fish prized for the taste of its firm white flesh as well as the fight it puts up once hooked. And it was his catch that led searchers, including police and Aboriginal trackers, to Jelenic, his son-in-law Lazarus Murray told reporters. Knowing he was lost, Jelenic left a trail of fish together with arrows made of twigs on the ground.

■ Thailand

Monk caught selling guns

A Buddhist monk has been arrested and defrocked for stealing guns from the house of one of his followers and selling them, purportedly to buy building materials for his monastery, Thai police said yesterday. Police arrested Jirachai Lertbamroon, 32, on Tuesday at a monastery in Singburi Province where he was the acting abbot, said police Colonel Jirasak Suriyawong. Jirachai was taken to Bangkok, where he allegedly committed the crime, to face charges, Jirasak said. The suspect told police that he stole two pistols from the home of retired police General Thassana Klongpayaban in Bangkok and sold them for 30,000 baht (US$750).

■ India

Israelis fined for kissing

An Israeli couple was fined 1,000 rupees (US$23) after an Indian court found them guilty of obscenity for kissing during their marriage ceremony in a Hindu pilgrim town, newspapers reported yesterday. The couple had decided to have a traditional Hindu marriage while visiting Pushkar town earlier this month in the temple-studded desert state of Rajasthan, the Times of India reported. But they infuriated the priest as they started to kiss and embrace while he was chanting vedic hymns. The priest, along with other Hindu holy men, complained to police, who filed charges against the couple. The court in Pushkar gave its verdict on Tuesday. The Asian Age newspaper said Hindu priests were outraged.

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