Sat, Aug 18, 2007 - Page 7 News List

World News Quick Take

AGENCIES

■ SOUTH AFRICA

Patient told to walk off pain

A man who was shot three weeks ago was told to "walk the pain off" and is still trying to persuade hospitals to remove the bullet lodged in his side, the Star newspaper said on Thursday. Three Johannesburg hospitals refused to remove the bullet for security guard Phillip Mashiane, 38, who was shot during a burglary at the property of South Africa's ambassador to the UN. He said he was turned away by one hospital because he could not afford the bills while a public hospital patched him up and sent him home with painkillers. When he returned a doctor told him to "walk the pain off." Doctors at a third hospital said it could not remove the bullet because Mashiane had started treatment elsewhere.

■ UNITED KINGDOM

Officer keeps one ear open

A British police officer who had sexual relations while on duty was acquitted in court because he had been in constant radio contact through a police earpiece during the sex romp. Police transport inspector Massoud Khan, 41, had conducted his illicit encounter in a room at the police station at Gatwick Airport, near London, it was revealed during the trial on Wednesday. "If there was a call for me, I would have answered it and I would have dealt with it," he told the court, the Times newspaper reported.

■ LITHUANIA

Bodyguard shoots at chef

An ex-president's bodyguard allegedly shot at a chef who refused to serve him an early morning meal during a drunken night out. The VIP protection department said it had opened a probe into an incident involving Major Jonas Paulikas, who watches over the 1990s head of state Algirdas Brazauskas. Lithuanian media reported Paulikas, 39, got into an argument with a chef who declined to serve him at a restaurant in Vilnius which was about to close at 5am on Thursday. Paulikas allegedly fired seven shots at the chef with his SIG-Sauer service pistol. The chef was unhurt. Paulikas has previously received an award for his SIG-Sauer handling skills.

■ UNITED STATES

Man hurt hugging robber

A man visiting a convenience store in Michigan was struck in the head with a gun when he mistook a robber for a friend playing a practical joke, police said. The masked man entered Sandler's Party Store in Fort Gratiot Township about 10:30pm on Wednesday, brandished a handgun and demanded money. Police said Patrick O'Bryan, 21, walked up to the man, thinking he was a friend, and grabbed him in a playful way. The gunman hit O'Bryan in the head with the gun, and the clerk opened two cash registers. The gunman took an undisclosed amount of cash and took off. O'Bryan was not seriously injured, the Times Herald of Port Huron reported.

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