Thu, Feb 22, 2007 - Page 4 News List

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■ Hong Kong
Eat up or pay up

Restaurants have come up with a novel way to cut down on waste from food leftovers -- threatening to fine diners who don't eat up. A number of restaurants in the territory alert customers that they will charge them between HK$5 and HK$20 (US$0.64 and US$2.50) if they leave any food on their plates, the South China Morning Post reported. It said a handful of restaurants serving do-it-yourself hotpots, sushi and buffets had set up the system. However, a restaurant industry group said the move was merely put in place to warn customers and that few eateries, if any, had actually fined anyone.

■ Afghanistan

Amnesty resolution passed

The upper house of parliament has passed a resolution calling for an amnesty for Afghans accused of war crimes during a quarter-century of fighting, an official said. President Hamid Karzai must now decide whether it should be made into a law, Kadamali Nekpai, chief of the upper house's press department, said on Tuesday. The lower house passed the resolution, which the UN and rights activists have condemned, on Jan. 31. Although lawmakers describe it as a resolution rather than a bill, they also say it would be made law if the president approves it.

■ Fiji

Polls to be held 2010

New elections will be held in 2010, military Commander Frank Bainimarama, who led the South Pacific nation's fourth coup in 20 years, said on Tuesday. Bainimarama said he had laid out a "road map" to democracy which included plans for a full constitutional review, a census of Fiji's 900,000 people and an examination of electoral boundaries in the next two years. "Under this roadmap, Fiji will be ready for a general election and a full restoration of parliamentary democracy in 2010," he said.

■ India

Boating accident kills 23

At least 19 children and four school teachers drowned in a boating accident at a wildlife park lake on Tuesday, civilian and naval officials said. "A total of 23 people drowned when their wooden rowboats sank and among those killed were four [school] teachers," Mohammed Haneesh, a local administrator, said amending earlier casualty figures. He added that the school children who were killed in the accident were below 11 years of age. The final toll was still unclear. The accident happened at a lake at the Thattekade Bird Sanctuary, 55km east of the port city of Kochi at the state's most popular state-run park.

■ Malaysia

Woman allegedly kills sons

A woman who was enraged when her husband announced plans to marry a second wife allegedly killed both her young sons, newspaper reports said on Tuesday. The 30-year-old woman was alleged to have strangled her sons -- Muhammad Aliff Haqimi, 5, and 17-month-old Muhammad Aliff Hazmi -- with an iron cord while they were asleep, the Malay-language Utusan Malaysia reported. District Police chief Mohamad Hatta Moh Zain, of Barat Daya in northern Penang State, said the woman had earlier sent a text message to her husband warning him to come home by 11:30pm on Monday. She then called him and threatened to kill both their children if he did not come home, Hatta said. Her husband returned at 11:45pm to find his wife asleep with the boys, and went to bed. Hatta said the husband only found out that his sons were dead when the police arrived at his home to arrest his wife.

■ United States
James Brown to be buried

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