Sat, Sep 09, 2006 - Page 7 News List

World News Quick Take


■ Singapore

PETA activists kicked out

Two activists from the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have been picked up in Singapore and ordered to leave after authorities caught wind of their plans to stage a naked protest outside a KFC outlet. Jason Baker, PETA's Asia Pacific director, and fellow activist Ashley Fruno, were to leave the city-state yesterday, the group said in a statement. The pair were rounded up at a cafe by police on Thursday and detained for questioning for nine hours, Baker said.

■ China

N Korea ambassador picked

The government has appointed a career diplomat with expertise in US affairs as ambassador to North Korea, state-run Xinhua news agency reported yesterday. Liu Xiaoming (劉曉明), 50, replaces Wu Donghe (武東和) as China's top diplomat in Pyongyang at a time when the fate of talks aimed at ending the secretive nation's nuclear program appear uncertain. South Korean media reports suggested recently that Liu's first mission upon arrival in North Korea would be to hand over a formal invitation to its leader, Kim Jong-il, to visit China.

■ Singapore

Multilaterals issue joint plea

The World Bank and IMF yesterday urged the nation to allow all activists invited by the international finance institutions to attend this month's meetings in the city-state. The Singapore government has informed the World Bank and IMF that it objects to the accreditation of several civil society representatives, and stated its intention to prevent them from attending next week's meetings, the two institutions said in a joint statement. The statement did not identify the individuals.

■ Australia

`Crikey, it's Khaki Friday'

Admirers of Australian "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin were being urged to wear his trademark color of khaki yesterday in an international tribute to the slain wildlife warrior. A cyber campaign in the form of a chain e-mail called on fans around the world to don khaki clothes for the day. Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper joined in the call and said top politicians would take part, with opposition leader Kim Beazley set to turn out in khaki trousers while New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma was planning to wear a khaki tie. The Australian Radio Network launched its own "Crikey, It's Khaki Friday" drive to raise cash for Irwin's charity, Wildlife Warriors Worldwide.

■ Australia

Burlesque sparks brouhaha

A saloon-style striptease, complete with corsets and balloons, at a government-sponsored conference on global warming left some scientists hot and bothered and the organizers in boiling water. The show was cut short and organizers issued an apology after some delegates at the Australia and New Zealand Climate Forum's dinner in Canberra walked out in disgust at what was intended as a lighthearted break. Rebecca Gale, who led the dancers from Miss Kitka's House of Burlesque, said the show was in reasonably good taste and she didn't understand what the fuss was about. When Environment Minister Ian Campbell got wind of the show, he canceled his department's A$3,000 (US$2,290) sponsorship. The Agriculture Department followed suit, withdrawing A$5,000.

■ Indonesia

Three die in dump collapse

Three people were killed when a garbage dump collapsed on the outskirts of Jakarta yesterday, and dozens of scavengers were believed trapped beneath the rubble, police said. Rescuers used heavy machinery to search for survivors after a 10m high pile of trash crashed onto people trying to eke out livings by digging for recyclables at the dump, the main drop-off point for garbage from Jakarta.

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