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World News Quick Take


■ Malaysia
Thieves steal man's leg

Thieves stole a disabled man's motorcycle, leaving him to hobble about on crutches because they grabbed his prosthetic leg as well, the Star newspaper said on Monday. "They stole my motorcycle but why did they have to steal my leg too?" asked lottery-ticket vendor Tan Seh Poon, who had left the leg on his bike while using crutches to walk around a mall near Kuala Lumpur to sell tickets. Tan, 63, discovered the theft after three hours and had to ask a friend for a ride home, the newspaper said.

■ Sri Lanka

Grenade accident hurts 17

At least 17 people were hurt yesterday when a grenade was accidentally detonated during a demonstration by a police officer at an exhibition in Colombo marking the nation's independence, police said. "We have ruled out anyone hurling a grenade at the stall of the STF [Special Task Force] commandos," the officer said, adding the detonation was now being investigated as an accident. The STF was not supposed to have live explosives at the exhibition venue, the officer said, adding that "an officer was showing a hand grenade to spectators when it went off" at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Center. "We suspect the man was trying to show how to defuse a bomb when the blast occurred," a police investigator said.

■ United States

Uighur Muslims in protest

Scores of Uighur Muslims protested on Monday in front of the Chinese embassy in Washington to commemorate the 10th anniversary of a massacre by Chinese troops in the Xinjiang autonomous region. "Ten years have passed but the Chinese authorities have still not accounted for the innocent lives lost and those missing following the Ghulja massacre," said Rebiya Kadeer, the exiled leader of China's Uighur Muslim minority. "What is worse is China continues to oppress our people," she said as demonstrators waving light blue Uighur flags shouted: "We want justice," "We want human rights" and other slogans.

■ Japan

Gang member gunned down

A gang member was gunned down in an upscale district of Tokyo in a string of rare shootings in one of the world's safest countries, police said yesterday. A senior member of the Sumiyoshi gang, one of Japan's leading crime syndicates, was shot to death early on Monday in Tokyo's upmarket Azabu district, a police spokeswoman said. Yesterday morning, assailants also fired bullets into the doors of two apartments in other parts of Tokyo, police said. Both apartments were reportedly related to another crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi, leading police to believe that the shootings were linked to a conflict between the two gangs. A record low of two people were killed in gun crime last year, the National Police Agency said last week.

■ India

Boy dies in reenactment

An eight-year-old boy has died trying to show his sister how ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was hanged, police in the southern state of Kerala said yesterday. Vishnu Sashi fell from a bathroom water tank after tying a plastic cord round his neck on Sunday evening in Vaikom, said inspector Rajesh Menon. Vishnu decided to show his five-year-old sister Sitalakshmi what he had seen on television about how the former president was put to death. "While enacting the drama, Vishnu tied a plastic rope around his neck and hooked it on the wall," neighbor Damodaran Bharathan said by telephone.

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