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■ Japan
Green tea extends life: study

A study of more than 40,000 men and women in Japan has found that those who drink a lot of green tea live longer, researchers said on Tuesday. The investigation by Shinichi Kuriyama and colleagues at the Tohoku University School of Public Policy in Sendai, Japan, found the beverage was particularly effective in fighting heart disease but did not reduce the death rate due to cancer, as some earlier animal studies had suggested. Polyphenols -- plant compounds known to be antioxidants -- found in green tea may explain the life-prolonging benefit it offers, a study published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association said.

■ India

Fake eunuchs arrested

Two men masquerading as eunuchs have been arrested after convincing Indian families to hand over money for ridding their homes of black magic, a report said yesterday. The two men spent 15 days fleecing families in western Gujarat State before one of the victims complained to police that she had been hypnotized by the men, according to DNA newspaper. The eunuch community has been enraged by "fakes" who muscle in on their begging operations, and a photo identity scheme has been started to try to regulate the business.

■ Australia

Viagra spam king probed

A man is under investigation for allegedly using Dutch computers to send billions of spam e-mails around the world, most of them promoting Viagra, an official said yesterday. The Australian Communications and Media Authority, or ACMA, began investigating the man, whose identity was not immediately released, after receiving a tip-off from authorities in the Netherlands. Danyel Molenaar, a project manager for the Dutch Independent Regulator of Post and Telecommunications, or OPTA, said the man had rented 35 servers from an Internet service provider in the Netherlands to carry out the alleged spam campaign.

■ China

Woman in labor dumped

A Chinese woman was forced to give birth on a roadside earlier this month after a dozen taxi drivers refused to take her to a hospital just 300m away, the Beijing News reported yesterday. The woman, surnamed Wang, and her husband were initially heading for a hospital in a taxi in Chongqing, it said. But when Wang went into labor and started moaning, the driver stopped the car and dragged the husband out, shouting: "Don't deliver the baby in my car, or I'll have very bad luck throughout the year!" "Wang had to crouch on the roadside under the scorching sun and the husband tried to hail another taxi, but none of the 11 passing by stopped," the report said.

■ India

Tiger shot dead near park

Poachers have shot dead a Royal Bengal tiger on the boundary of a national park in another blow to the country's dwindling big cat population. The eight-year-old male was shot twice in the head just outside the heavily-guarded Corbett Tiger Reserve in the northern state of Uttaranchal, the Indian Express reported. One of the poachers was badly mauled by the tiger before it died. The man, named as Inder Singh, was hospitalized in a serious condition. Corbett conservator Rajiv Bharti said the animal was shot on Sunday.

■ Turkey
Briton arrested for PM insult

A British artist is facing up to three years in prison after he was arrested on Tuesday and charged with insulting the Turkish prime minister's dignity outside an Istanbul courthouse where he was protesting against another freedom of speech trial. Police detained Michael Dickinson after he refused to put away a poster-sized collage he had made depicting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a dog attached to a Stars and Stripes leash. Dickinson went to court in the morning in support of a Turkish anti-war campaigner, Erkan Kara, who was charged with insulting behavior for exhibiting a similar piece of his work depicting US President George W. Bush pinning a rosette on to Erdogan at a dog show.

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