River clean-up launched
Beijing and the EU have launched a campaign to clean up the massive Yellow and Yangtze rivers, state media reported yesterday. The five-year program will cost an estimated US$247 million to develop environmental policies intended to cut industrial and human pollution along the middle reaches of the Yellow River, particularly in Henan, Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces. The fund -- nearly half of which will come from a World Bank loan -- will also be used to pay people in Yunnan, Guizhou and Hubei provinces to plant trees along the upper and middle reaches of the Yangtze.
Man survives nine-story fall
A man wearing only his underpants survived a 30m fall from his ninth-floor apartment in Perth after trying to walk to a neighbor's balcony while balancing on a plank, police said on Tuesday. A garden gazebo broke the 35-year-old man's fall, and he was taken to a hospital in a serious condition. Ros Weatherall, a spokeswoman for Western Australia state police, said rescue workers found the man, who was not immediately identified, wearing only his underpants. "He was skylarking around, building planks across to his neighbor's place, when it happened," she said. "He was very lucky."
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Drunken man drinks blood
A man who knocked back two vials of blood after a drinking binge has been jailed for two months, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. Li Man-yiu, 29, told a court on Monday he was "extremely thirsty" when he staggered into a hospital on Sept. 13 for treatment for an injured toe, the South China Morning Post reported. Surveillance cameras showed Li "walk up to the laboratory counter, take three tubes containing blood samples, drink the contents of two and then dump the vials in the lift lobby," the newspaper reported. When he realized the vials had contained blood, Li rushed to the toilet to vomit, the report said. The court accepted that Li had drunk the blood under the influence of alcohol, but jailed him after he pleaded guilty to theft.
Girl stabbed to death
Police were hunting yesterday for a man accused of stabbing to death a seven-year-old girl found in front of her grandparents' home in the latest crime against children to shock the nation. Yuzuki Unose was found Tuesday evening lying face down with stab wounds to her back and abdomen outside her grandparents' home in a suburb of the western city of Kobe. Her mother called an ambulance but the girl died less than two hours after being admitted to a hospital, a police spokesman said. The girl "told the ambulance crew on her way to the hospital that she was stabbed by an adult male," a fire department official said separately.
Cuddly couple cause crash
A young Muslim couple tried to speed off when police caught them making out in their car but got into an accident, causing a five-car pile up, a report said yesterday. A police patrol car spotted the couple locked in an intimate embrace late on Monday in their car parked at a hypermarket in Muar town in southern Johor State, the Star newspaper said. As the patrol car neared them, the couple sped out of the car park and collided with a passing car, causing three other vehicles to crash. The unidentified couple, both in their 20s, have been detained and referred to the district Islamic religious department.