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■ Austria

Prisoner escapes as a lamp

A 36-year-old Bosnian escaped from prison by getting himself shrink-wrapped with some parts for street lamps made by inmates and trucked out, the mass-circulation Kronen daily said. The man, named as Muradif H, had been serving a seven-year term for burglary in the southern city of Graz and was due for release in 2012. Kronen said Muradif, who had a prison job making parts for street lamps, had himself wrapped in plastic with finished parts on a pallet and loaded into a truck on Tuesday.

■ UAE

Toddler suspect arrested

A two-year-old boy was briefly arrested and banned from boarding a Turkey-bound flight after his name appeared on a list of wanted terrorist suspects, a newspaper reported yesterday. Emirates Today said the boy's passport details, including the date of birth, matched those in an arrest warrant. The reason for the mix-up was not known. "While going through the passport checking procedures to get on board, one of the officers on duty said they wanted to take Suhail," Emirates Today quoted the boy's father, Abdullah Mohamed Saleh, as saying. "I thought he was kidding me and said `Take him if you want,'" the father said.

■ United States
Man finds letters to God

A New Jersey man who found 300 letters to God floating in the Atlantic Ocean said on Friday he will donate them to a church. The letters had been sent to a deceased Baptist clergyman, but they mysteriously wound up in a sealed plastic shopping bag near a beach in Atlantic City. Bill Lacovara said he waded out to get the bag while on a fishing trip last week. The letters were addressed to the Reverend Grady Cooper of Jersey City who died in 2004. The letters included one from a teen-age girl asking God to forgive her for having an abortion, one from a prisoner who said he was innocent and wanted to be at home with his family, and one from a man who wanted help winning the lottery.

■ United States

Judge sets limits

A judge in New York City said thousands of emergency workers expected to claim they were harmed by World Trade Center dust after the Sept. 11 attack may have to share up to US$1 billion, the amount he believes is the city's limit on liability. US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein expects between 10,000 and 11,000 people who worked at the Trade Center site will file lawsuits. He might soon make a formal finding that the city's liability has a limit and appoint a special master to speed claims. He said he wanted to lessen the work for lawyers or else a greater proportion than necessary of the US$1 billion will go to lawyers rather than victims.

■ United States

Congressman resigns

Ohio Representative Bob Ney, who pleaded guilty last month in an influence-peddling investigation, has resigned from Congress. Ney, a Republican, sent a letter of resignation on Friday to House Speaker Dennis Hastert, according to Ney's chief of staff, David Popp. Ney pleaded guilty on Oct. 13 to conspiracy and making false statements, admitting to taking trips, tickets, meals and campaign donations from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff in return for actions on behalf of Abramoff clients.

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