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World News Quick Take

AGENCIES

■ CHINA

Baby traffickers caught

Police have broken up a baby trafficking ring, arresting 47 people and rescuing 40 infants, state media said on Friday. The operation began in late May after police questioned four women on a train, each holding a baby in her arms, Xinhua news agency said, citing officers with the Nanjing railway police office. One woman confessed that they had bought the babies in Yunnan Province and planned to sell them to a person in Shandong Province. Authorities arrested 10 suspects in the two provinces and learned that the gang had already sold 27 newborns, Xinhua reported.

■ THAILAND

Viper kills cancer patient

A cancer patient lying on a gurney waiting to be treated was fatally bitten by a snake at a hospital, the hospital said on Friday. A pit viper bit Wasant Pinpluemjit, who suffered liver cancer, last week at Kanchanaburi Memorial Hospital in Kanchanaburi Province. He died on Tuesday. Gurneys at the hospital, in a semi-rural area, are usually laid outside the hospital buildings to wait for incoming patients, and the snake apparently slithered onto the gurney when it was outdoors.

■ MALAYSIA

City rewards dog-catching

A Malaysian town won't let sleeping dogs lie on its streets anymore. Officials launched a competition earlier this week offering cash and other prizes to people who catch stray dogs in the town of Selayang in central Selangor State. Razif Zainol Abidin, an official of the Selayang Municipal Council said the council will pay 20 ringgit (US$5.70) for each dog that is delivered alive to their local community associations. The council will also spend a total of 39,000 ringgit to build playgrounds or other projects for the three community associations that catch the most dogs, with a minimum of 150 dogs each within six months, Razif said. So far, no dogs have been caught through the competition.

■ PAKISTAN

Two women beheaded

Suspected Islamic militants beheaded two women in northwest Pakistan after accusing them of being prostitutes, police said. Villagers spotted the decapitated bodies on the outskirts of Bannu, where extremists seek to impose Taliban-style social norms, a police official said on Friday. The two women, 28 and 30, were riding an auto rickshaw when five armed men wearing masks overpowered them, bundled them into a car and drove away, he said, quoting witnesses. A note found with the bodies accused them of "doing acts of obscenity," a term meaning prostitution. Extremists have bombed shops selling music and movies in North West Frontier Province, and barbers have been warned not to shave customers' beards -- moves similar to those imposed by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

■ CHINA

Doctors to remove needles

Chinese doctors will try to remove 26 needles found throughout the body of a young woman which they suspect were inserted just after she was born to kill her for not being a boy. Luo Cuifen, a 29-year-old farmer from Yunnan Province, said two needles had been pulled from her abdomen when she was a young child. "At the time, we thought my grandparents did it because they wanted a boy," the Beijing Morning Post on Friday quoted her as saying. Luo said she never felt the needles and they were found by x-ray when she went into hospital complaining of blood in her urine. Some had pierced her liver, kidneys, lungs and intestine.

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