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■ CHINA

Pushup bra ads stopped

Days after banning "sexually provocative sounds" on television, China has now stopped networks showing "saucy" adverts for push-up bras and figure-hugging underwear ahead of a major Communist Party meeting next month. Other targets of the crackdown are "low-brow and base" commercials for sex toys, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television said on Friday. "Every television advertisement management bureau and television station must strengthen their political consciousness and responsibility toward society," Tian Jin (田進), deputy head of the State Administration of Radio, Film and TV, was quoted as saying.

■ INDIA

Climbers stranded by snow

At least one climber died and more than 100 people, including several from Russia, Australia and Germany, were stranded in the Himalayas after a heavy snowfall, an official said yesterday. Authorities lost contact with the climbers on Friday when their satellite phones apparently went down, said P.C. Dandriyal, a local official in the northern state of Uttarakhand. "We have lost track of over 100 mountaineers, hikers, porters and guides from India and abroad who are stranded across Uttarakhand after heavy snowfall," said Dandriyal.

■ MALAYSIA

Buddha statue stolen again

A priceless brass statue of Buddha believed to be more than 1,000 years old has been stolen from a temple in Malaysia for the fifth time since 2004, a report said yesterday. The statue had been missing since Sept. 14, said Tan Khai Beng, 54, a committee member of the Buppharam Thai Buddhist Temple in the northern resort island of Penang. "The monks thought nothing of it at that time as the statue had been stolen four times before since 2004 but each time it would be returned by the thief within three to four days," he was quoted as saying by the Star newspaper.

■ PHILIPPINES

Birth-control lawsuit planned

Family planning advocates in Manila said yesterday they are readying a legal suit against a member of President Gloria Arroyo's Cabinet for his opposition to artificial contraception. The groups said they were readying legal action against Environment Secretary Lito Atienza for removing all contraceptives from city clinics when he was mayor of Manila. The suit aims to "hold [Atienza] liable for acts which caused injury to women," said Elizabeth Pangalangan, executive director of the Reproductive Health, Rights and Ethics Center, attached to the state university. Her group presented testimony on how Atienza introduced a policy in 2000 banning city government clinics from issuing contraceptives or informing people how to use them.

■ PHILIPPINES

Storm may bring mudslides

Tropical Storm Hanna was poised to hit the northern part of the country yesterday, bringing heavy rain and raising fears of mudslides, government agencies warned. At 4am yesterday, Hanna was located 70km east of the northeastern province of Aurora, moving west at 20kph toward the northern half of the main island of Luzon, the government weather station said. Packing maximum wind speeds of 80kph, Hanna was expected to cross the northern half of Luzon and move west of the island by this morning. Heavy rain has fallen over much of Luzon, including Manila, since Friday.

■ GERMANY

Worker skews screw market

A factory worker stole over a million screws from his employer and skewed the market with his cheap stolen goods, police said on Friday. "In the end, it became obvious that screws were being sold for much less than they usually cost," said a spokesman for police in the southern city of Wuerzburg. Over two years, the 33-year-old assembly plant worker smuggled between 2,000 and 7,000 screws out of work each night, and auctioned them on an Internet site, police said. The scheme cost his firm around 110,000 euros (US$156,000).

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