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■ THAILAND

Foreigners investigated

Authorities are conducting background checks on more than 1,000 foreigners working in the country after a spate of arrests for alleged child sex abuse, a senior officer said yesterday. Colonel Apichat Suriboonya, of Thailand's Interpol office, said police had contacted the home countries of many of the targeted foreigners, most of whom are teachers. "Before, educational institutions would only look at their academic qualifications, but that is not enough," he said. Apichat did not say how police had chosen the foreigners in question. Police said they arrested a British national on Tuesday for allegedly posting photos of naked children on the Internet.

■ CHINA

`Sexy' marriage ads banned

A city has banned the use of "seductive" words like "foxy lady," "handsome guy" and "moneybags" in marriage advertisements in a bid to stamp out fraud, domestic media reported on Tuesday. Many Chinese people still go to marriage brokers to arrange suitable life partners for their children, and often turn to adverts carried in newspapers, magazines and on the Internet. But after a series of complaints from people who said they had been cheated -- although how was not explained -- Zhengzhou, Henan Province, is reining in the industry, the Beijing News said.

■ CAMBODIA

PM sends mixed signals

The prime minister said on Tuesday that his daughter is a lesbian and he was severing ties with her, but he urged the country not to discriminate against gays. "My adopted daughter now has a wife. I'm quite disappointed," Hun Sen said. He made the comment during a speech at a university graduation ceremony. Hun and his wife adopted the daughter as a newborn. Hun Sen also told the National Institute of Education graduates that it is wrong to discriminate against gays. "Most of them [gays] are good people and are not doing alcohol, drugs or racing vehicles" like the members of youth gangs, he said.

■ GREECE

Saucy thieves grab cash

Two thieves armed only with ketchup ambushed a supermarket employee as he was taking cash to the bank, Greek police said on Tuesday. "The thieves jumped out of the bushes and threw two big bags of ketchup on the front window to stop the car," said a police official who requested anonymity. The man fought with his attackers who managed to flee on a motorcycle with only 400 euros (US$577) of the 140,000 euros he was carrying.

■ RUSSIA

Restaurant in meat probe

A Chinese restaurant in Moscow is being investigated for butchering stray dogs and selling the meat to diners as lamb, Russian police said on Tuesday. "A woman reported to the police that sacks containing something alive, that was moving and whining, were being loaded into the restaurant at night," a police spokesman said. "We went to the restaurant to check the meat ... and carried out tests," the spokesman said. "We found it was of poor quality, dangerous for your health, and from an unusual animal -- that it was dog meat."

■ GERMANY

Student finds art in couch

A student who bought a pullout couch for 150 euros (US$215) at a Berlin flea market found a painting worth several times that much hidden inside when she unfolded the sofa at home. The piece of art, a 26cm-by-39cm oil-on-shale painting was sold for 19,200 euros at a Hamburg art auction over the weekend, the Kunst Kettler auction house said on Monday. The piece titled Preparation to Escape to Egypt was painted by an unknown artist close to Venetian painter Carlo Saraceni between 1605 and 1620, the auction house said. The student's identity was not revealed.

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