Sun, Nov 05, 2006 - Page 7 News List

World News Quick Take

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■ Thailand

Schools torched in south

Suspected Muslim insurgents burned down three schools and shot a teacher and his wife in southern Yala Province, police Lieutenant Tharawut Mahachai said yesterday. Three schools were totally destroyed and a fourth partially damaged by fires set almost simultaneously just before midnight on Friday, he said. In a separate incident yesterday morning, a gunman on the back of a motorcycle opened fire on schoolteacher Charoon Chuchareondej and his wife, also on a motorcycle. Both were rushed to a hospital with serious injuries, Tharawut said.

■ India

Condom ad condemned

Authorities want to stop the daytime airing of a TV advertisement promoting flavored condoms saying it is obscene and in bad taste, the Times of India reported on Friday. The ad promotes DKT's "XXX" strawberry, chocolate and banana flavored condoms with the tagline "What is your flavor of the night?" But the Censor Board and the Advertising Standards Council of India have the ad be banned from being broadcast during the day, especially during the popular Champions Trophy international cricket tournament. "Maybe DKT is targeting raunchy teenagers. But the ads are definitely not meant for children." Sharmila Tagore, Censor Board chairwoman, was quoted as saying.

■ United Kingdom
Keeping up with the Jones

People surnamed Jones from around the globe headed to Cardiff to set a new world record on Friday. Jones' from as far afield as the US and Australia flocked to the Welsh capital to beat the world record for a gathering of people with the same family name. The Welsh bid attracted 1,224 Jones' to a show in Cardiff where they were entertained by singers and dancers, all called Jones, including former Bond actress, supermodel and pop icon Grace Jones, who headlined the show. The previous Guinness World Record for a gathering of people with the same name was 583 Norbergs in Sweden.

■ United Kingdom

Prince may open parliament

Queen Elizabeth II, who is suffering from a persistent back injury, may not be fit enough to carry out the showpiece state opening of parliament on Nov. 15 newspapers said yesterday. Newspapers speculated that the strain of the two hours of pageantry may be too much for the queen's bad back. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail said the Queen could request that Prince Charles, step in for her. But the tabloid said she would not wish to see his second wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, participating in such an occasion. "If anything is likely to heal Her Majesty's painful back, it is the thought of Camilla parading along the carpeted corridors of the House of Lords," it quoted an unnamed Buckingham Palace aide as saying.

■ Afghanistan

Freed reporter heads home

Photojournalist Gabriele Torsello flew home early yesterday, a day after being released from three weeks in captivity in which his kidnappers did not allow him to see daylight. Torsello, 36, was rescued on Friday after his abductors dropped him off at the side of a road in southern Afghanistan not far from where he was abducted by unknown men on Oct. 12, the Italian embassy said. He arrived in Kabul late on Friday and flew out on a special flight early yesterday, an embassy official said. During his meeting at the embassy, Torsello described the conditions of his detention as "very harsh," the official said.

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