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■ MALAYSIA

Reward offered for Homer

Two men believed to be over-exuberant fans of The Simpsons stole a life-sized figurine of Homer Simpson from a theater, more than a month before the premiere of the big-screen version of the US TV cartoon series, a studio official said yesterday. Police are investigating, but 20th Century Fox is offering a reward of 1,000 ringgit (US$285) to anyone who provides information leading to the fiberglass statue's discovery. The 1.2m figurine of Homer holding a TV remote control was part of a display that included the rest of the Simpson family in the lobby of a theater in a shopping mall near Kuala Lumpur.

■ GERMANY

Chinese sculpture falls

A severe storm caused the collapse of an 8m tall work by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei at a major contemporary art show in Kassel on Wednesday, organizers said. Template, an archlike structure being exhibited outdoors, collapsed in on itself "in astonishingly aesthetic fashion," said Catrin Seefranz, a spokeswoman for the Documenta show. No one was injured. Seefranz said that Ai had seen the collapsed work and pronounced it more beautiful than before. She said Ai does not plan to restore it.

■ INDONESIA

Chef said to ignore brother

British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is ignoring pleas for help from his brother who is on trial for drug possession in Bali, Ronald Ramsay's lawyer said yesterday. Ronald Ramsay, 39, is facing up to 10 years in prison for possession of 100mg of heroin he was allegedly found with when arrested in February. He is also charged with using heroin, which carries a maximum of four years in prison. Lawyer Erwin Siregar said his client clearly needed family support.

■ IRELAND

Chilly post mortem begins

Pathologists inspected the thawed remains on Wednesday of a long-missing Dublin criminal whose body was found, frozen rock solid, in the storage room of a fishmongers' shop. The owner of the Mermaid Fish Shop in Galway, last week found the body of Patrick McCormack, 52, concealed inside a long-neglected plastic container. An examination of the body of McCormack -- who appeared to have been badly beaten and had his hands tied behind his back -- has been repeatedly delayed at Dublin City Morgue because the body had not defrosted. But the work began Wednesday under the supervision of the assistant state pathologist, Michael Curtis.

■ NETHERLANDS

Lottery legal claim rejected

A Dutch woman who claimed she suffered emotional damages due to not winning the lottery missed the jackpot in court too. Amsterdam District Court judges on Wednesday rejected the claim of Helene de Gier, who said she was traumatized by not winning the country's National Postcode Lottery, which she didn't enter, while her neighbors did. In the lottery, postal codes are chosen at random, and people who live there and enter can win prizes of up to millions. Proceeds go to charity. De Gier lived on a street in the small southern town of Heusden where seven entrants won 13.9 million euros (US$18.6 million) each on Jan 1, last year.

■ LATVIA

Town to hold naked run

Revelers will be able to streak with impunity in the western town of Kuldiga this weekend as the community holds a naked run to mark the midsummer festival, organizers said on Wednesday. "The nude run is for everybody, no matter their gender, age or race," said Ilze Dambite-Damberga, of the city council. "One can wear shoes or sneakers, as long as they don't go up to the armpits," she said. Sunday's run across the town's 150m 19th century brick bridge marks "Jani," the most popular holiday in the country.

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