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■ AFGHANISTAN

Bike bomb kills one

A suicide attacker on a motorbike exploded himself next to highway police who were guarding a road construction project in Kabul yesterday, killing one policeman and injuring three Afghans, a police official said. Two police and one civilian were among the wounded, said Abdul Rahman, a police official. The attack came on one of Kabul's busiest and most dangerous roads, where more suicide and rocket attacks happen than in any other part of the city.

■ CHINA

Honking banned in Shanghai

Honking will be banned in downtown Shanghai from next month as part of efforts to reduce street noise in one of Asia's fastest developing -- and loudest -- cities, official media reported yesterday. Cars, mopeds and bikes will face fines of up to US$13 for leaning on the horn, the Shanghai Daily and other newspapers said, citing the Shanghai police. Not even police cars are exempt, with the use of sirens banned in all but emergencies, the rules say. Street noise is a major detractor from quality of life in Shanghai. Many drivers honk at anything that moves to avoid collisions.

■ PHILIPPINES

Wedding cake ordeal over

A 10-year legal fight over a "tawdry" wedding cake has ended after a couple lost their claim for damages for the humiliation and sleepless nights they said it caused them. An appeal court ruling made public on Tuesday rejected a claim seeking 50,000 pesos (US$1,053) in moral and other damages from a Manila pastry shop. Edgardo Abenina and his wife Stephanie filed suit shortly after their June 21, 1997, wedding reception at a Manila hotel, saying the five-tiered orange chiffon fondant cake did not meet specifications. They said it leaned to one side and had a "tawdry-orange" color.

■ PAKISTAN

Timebomb kills two

A timebomb hidden in a shopping bag exploded at a bus stop in the gas-rich but restive southwest yesterday, killing two people and injuring two more, police said. The blast happened in the remote town of Hub in Baluchistan Province, near the Arabian Sea coast, police official Mohammad Siddique said. "The bomb attached to a timer was concealed in a shopping bag. Two people were killed and two were injured," he said. The province has been gripped for more than two years by an insurgency led by autonomy-seeking locals. The rebels mainly attack government installations, gas pipelines and electricity lines and want a greater share of the province's natural resources.

■ INDIA

Market bombs wound five

Three bombs exploded in a communally sensitive city on Tuesday, wounding five people, police said. Tuesday's attacks in Gorakhpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh had taken place in a busy market area. "Apparently, these were low-intensity bombs because the damage caused is marginal and injuries to the people minor," Uttar Pradesh Principal Home Secretary K. Chandramauli said. Initial investigations showed that the three bombs were placed in lunch boxes on bicycles, Chandramauli said. In January, at least two people died in Gorakhpur after a drunken scuffle between two wedding guests snowballed into riots between majority Hindus and minority Muslims.

■ GERMANY

Police nab naked tourist

A naked US tourist raised eyebrows when he went for a walk through a city and told police he thought this was acceptable behavior in Germany. "The man said he thought walking around naked was tolerated in Germany," a spokesman for police in the southern city of Nuremberg said on Tuesday. Many people enjoy nude sunbathing which is allowed in public parks. The 41-year-old was carrying his clothes in a bag when police stopped him on Monday evening after complaints. They made him get dressed and pay a 200 euro (US$269) deposit pending his investigation for indecent behavior.

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