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■ China

Pajama roamers irritate

People wearing pajamas in public, still a common sight in Shanghai, is one of the most irritating aspects of life in China's biggest city, according to an opinion poll of residents. The survey found that pajama-wearing on the streets and in public places such as shops, banks and parks is among the most uncivilized things in the city, along with aggressive pets, unhelpful neighbors and disregard for the natural environment. More than 16 percent of respondents said they or family members often donned pajamas in public, and 25 percent reported they sometimes did, Yang Xiong, a professor who helped conduct the poll, said on Wednesday.

■ Bangladesh

Storm toll nears 100

The death toll from three days of storms in Bangladesh and India rose to at least 95 after rescuers recovered 30 more bodies along the Bay of Bengal, while hundreds remain missing, news reports and officials said yesterday. The storms have capsized dozens of fishing boats, toppled houses and washed away roads. Rescuers recovered 30 more bodies overnight, pushing the death toll to 49 after sudden storms hit the tropical nation's southern coast on Tuesday, rescue officials said. Nearly 1,000 people, including a naval commander, are missing, the officials said on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to media. Rough weather was hampering the search for the missing, they said. In neighboring India, storms since Monday killed at least 46 people and injured hundreds of others, Indian officials and media reports said. At least 15 were killed and 300 others injured when a cyclone hit India's West Bengal State, Press Trust of India news agency reported.

■ Australia

Six nabbed in coke haul

Six men linked to an international drugs syndicate have been arrested for trying to smuggle in cocaine worth A$35 million (US$26 million) from Canada, police said yesterday. The 135km cache was hidden inside a shipment of 420 computer monitors intercepted by customs officials in Brisbane. The container also held 120,000 ecstasy tablets worth an estimated A$3.5 million, police said. Five men were arrested on Wednesday night after trying to access the container at a warehouse and another was nabbed in Sydney.

■ China

Cosmetic sales group a `cult'

Police have busted a "cult-like" pyramid sales scam involving up to 500,000 people that amassed 2 billion yuan (US$250 million), the People's Daily reported on its Web site yesterday. The scheme, which began by selling women's make-up, was masterminded by a 30-year-old post-doctoral student who ran operations largely through the Internet, the report said. "Direct sales organizers, in order to meet sales goals, are repeatedly brainwashing their sales representatives and using illegal and distorted cult methods of mental control," the site quoted Assistant Public Security Minister Zheng Shaodong (鄭少東) as saying. The report said police had arrested 33 suspects.

■ Japan

Teachers win lawsuit

Hundreds of teachers won a lawsuit yesterday against Tokyo city's orders to raise the national flag and sing an anthem to the emperor at school ceremonies. The Tokyo District Court ruled that a 2003 directive which threatened teachers with punishment for not recognizing the national anthem and flag violated the Constitution.

■ United Kingdom

Terror suspect in court

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