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■ India
Skull fragment lures crowds

Hundreds of people are thronging a hospital in Calcutta to see a patient holding a piece of his own skull that fell off. Doctors say a large, dead section of 25-year-old electrician Sambhu Roy's skull came off on Sunday after severe burns starved it of blood. "When he came to us late last year, his scalp was completely burned and within months it came off exposing the skull," Ratan Lal Bandyopadhyay, the surgeon who treated Roy said on Wednesday. "Later, we noticed that the part of his skull was loosening due to lack of blood supply to the affected area, which can happen in such extensive burn cases," he said.

■ Vietnam

Papers penalized for sex ads

Two local newspapers have been fined for running phone sex advertisements that violate the country's traditional cultural values, an official said yesterday. The Vietnam Sports newspaper was fined 12 million dong (US$750) for "running sex advertisements with contents that violate traditional habits and customs," said its editor, Hoang Du. The ads for mobile phone message services used "rude wording" to stir up sexual temptation, he said. More than 10 other papers have carried similar ads and are under investigation by the Ministry of Culture and Information, Du said. Ho Chi Minh City Law was also fined 10 million dong.

■ Hong Kong

City losing expat appeal

Hong Kong is losing its appeal as a destination for expatriates, judging by a report published yesterday that found only six people have applied for residency under a new migrant scheme. The city had expected a deluge of overseas applications when it launched its Quality Migrant Admission Scheme at the beginning of the month. But the deluge turned out to be a trickle with a half-dozen applications lodged in the first week, according to the South China Morning Post. The scheme allows for up to 1,000 people a year to migrate to Hong Kong and stay for up to a year to seek employment.

■ Australia

Smooth-talker nabbed

Police arrested yesterday a woman suspected of stealing thousands of dollars by posing as a doctor, a businesswoman, a flight attendant and a mobster's niece, after months-long chase across three Australian states. Jodie Harris, 28, was detained in Sydney early yesterday carrying several pieces of false identification, New South Wales state police officer Grant Taylor told reporters. Harris, who is wanted for fraud in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, has been dubbed the "Catch Me If You Can" thief after the 2002 film in which Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a smooth-talking fraudster. Police alleged Harris used a number of false identities to befriend unsuspecting women, stole their drivers' licenses and fooled bank staff into giving her access to their accounts.

■ Singapore

US teen lands in jail

A US teenager who came to Singapore for drug rehabilitation was sentenced to six months in jail after he went on a shopping spree with stolen credit cards, the Straits Times newspaper said yesterday. Dane Alan Butterfield, 18, stole two credit cards from his roommate at a private hospital where he was being treated for painkiller addiction and spent S$4,050 (US$2,550) in just a few hours, it reported. He was caught when he tried to purchase scarves at a duty-free shop while awaiting a flight back to Jakarta.

■ United Kingdom
Terror suspect rules altered

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