Body exhumed for DNA test
The body of a former premier of the state of South Australia has been exhumed as part of a paternity case by a brother and sister who believe they are descendants of an alleged illegitimate child. DNA testing will be carried out on the remains of Charles Cameron Kingston, who died in 1908, the Adelaide Advertiser newspaper reported yesterday. It said his remains were exhumed in late March on the approval of the attorney-general. Kingston, premier from 1893 to 1899, was known for his sexual indiscretions as well as landmark legislation including giving women the right to vote and establishing a state bank.
Naked kid pics revolt Rudd
The arts community reacted with anger and amazement yesterday to the closure of a photo exhibition of naked children and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s condemnation of the images as “revolting.” Playwright Michael Gow said the treatment of photographer Bill Henson, whose exhibition of images of naked 12 and 13-year-olds was shut down by police last week, was unacceptable. Rudd led criticism of the dark and moody photographs after complaints from the public that they were pornographic. “I find them absolutely revolting,” he said, adding that they were without artistic merit.
No record for senior climber
A 75-year-old climber reached the top of Mount Everest yesterday, a day too late to reclaim his record as the summit’s oldest conqueror. Elderly mountaineer Yuichiro Miura congratulated Nepal’s Min Bahadur Sherchan, 76, who scaled the world’s highest peak on Sunday. “Congratulations to the 76-year-old for his successful ascent!” Miura said in a statement issued on Sunday from the C5 camp near the top of Everest. His supporters later said he reached the 8,848m summit at 1:48am GMT. Miura was hoping to reclaim the record set in 2003, when he climbed Everest at the age of 70.
Fire rips through embassy
Fire ripped through part of Myanmar’s embassy in Bangkok yesterday, closing the visa section and dashing the hopes of aid workers waiting to enter the country. The blaze was extinguished in about an hour, and no injuries were reported. Fire brigade official Anupon Saengdara said the cause was under investigation, but some suspected faulty wiring. Police said foul play was not suspected. Myanmar Ambassador U Ye Win was working when the fire broke out. “I smelled smoke,” the ambassador said. “Someone shouted ‘Fire!’ then I ran.”
Official defends uniforms
An official has defended the uniform for girls at government schools, rejecting claims it is too sexy and encourages rape and premarital sex. An Islamic group last week condemned the white blouse worn with a blue skirt or pinafore, saying it was “a distraction to men.” But Education Minister Hishamuddin Tun Hussein said it was wrong to blame students or their dress for sex crimes. “From what I have seen, clothing is not the main consideration of those who commit despicable acts. Usually, there is an underlying problem, such as a disease, that makes them behave that way,” he said. National Islamic Students Association of Malaysia vice-president Munirah Bahari called for a review of the uniform policy. “It becomes a distraction to men, who are drawn to it, whether or not they like looking at it,” she said. “All this leads to babies born out of wedlock and to an extent, even prostitution.”