Rock star misbehaves
Avant garde rock star Dou Wei (竇唯) is being investigated over an incident in which a newspaper office was trashed and a car set on fire, Beijing police said yesterday. A statement issued by the newspaper Beijing News said Dou, the ex-husband of pop star Faye Wong (王菲), came to the newspaper's offices on Wednesday morning to complain about an article on his relationship with girlfriend Gao Yuan (高原) and their alleged financial woes. After talking for two hours, Dou smashed office equipment and splashed employees with water, the paper said.
`Human zoo' opening
Shanghai is getting set to open a "human zoo." Four Australian men will live in a glass box on a downtown mall for two weeks in June, with the public able to watch them sleeping, eating and bathing, a news report said yesterday. The group, known as the Urban Dream Capsule, has drawn crowds with similar displays in London, Montreal, Hong Kong and other cities. "They won't turn off the lights or pull down the curtains. They show their whole life, from getting up to going to bed," Karen Chang, the event's organizer, told the Shanghai Daily newspaper.
The Cabinet has agreed to limit the growth of university enrollments in order to improve teaching conditions and make it easier for graduates to find jobs, a state newspaper reported yesterday. Cabinet officials agreed to the proposal at a meeting on Wednesday led by Premier Wen Jiabao (溫家寶), the newspaper said. But it didn't give any details of how the limits would be imposed. Enrollments reached a record 23 million last year.
Hit man game hits market
Mark "Chopper" Read, the notorious self-confessed hit man whose criminal exploits have inspired books and a movie, has now lent his name to a board game. Players cavort through the criminal underworld, visiting brothels, attacking fellow gangsters, evading the police and finally making their way to Tasmania, where Read served several years in prison. Players risk small electric shocks at the roll of a dice. The game is the brainchild of four friends who are fans of Reid. "It's no longer illegal what I do these days, but it's bloody criminal what I get away with,'' Read told Channel Ten News at the game's launch earlier this week. ``But I haven't had a penny out of it so far.'' Read spent 23 years in jail and has written several books telling of his career of violence.
■ Sri Lanka
Air force bombs rebels
Sri Lanka's air force bombed Tamil Tiger territory near their northern headquarters yesterday after rebels attacked a naval transporter with hundreds of servicemen on board and sank two fast attack vessels. The air force scrambled fighter jets and helicopter gunships to the area in the worst outbreak of trouble since a 2002 ceasefire halted two decades of civil war, officials said. Military officials said 710 troops were aboard the transporter, which sustained light damage and moved to shelter in Indian waters.
■ Papua New Guinea
One hurt in clashes
Tensions were high in Bougainville after clashes between police and armed rebels in which one policeman was seriously injured, reports said yesterday. Three police houses were burned and a government office ransacked in the incidents, which involved at least two Fijian mercenaries working for self-proclaimed "king" Noah Musingku, the Post-Courier newspaper reported. The attacks, which included a heavy exchange of gunfire, were part of a plan by Musingku to take over all of the autonomous government's institutions in the province, acting assistant police commissioner Paul Kamuai said.