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AGENCIES

■JAPAN

Radioactive charms sold

A duo who marketed charms said to glow for more than a decade ran out of luck themselves when it was revealed that the products were radioactive, police said on Thursday. The pair were based in Hiroshima, site of the world’s first atomic attack, where they sold cellphone straps containing tritium, a radioactive substance that can be used in nuclear weapons. Ichiro Shimozaki, a 40-year-old unemployed man, and Kyoko Fujii, a 45-year-old company worker, have sold 5,500 straps since 2004, earning US$1,620, a police spokesman said. They imported the tritium from Britain and sold the straps through a Web site.

■BANGLADESH

Border guards shot dead

Two border guards were shot dead by Indian troops along a frontier post, triggering an immediate protest by Dhaka, a security official said yesterday. “Indian Border Security Forces [BSF] suddenly started firing when our forces were patrolling along the northwestern frontier on Thursday night,” said Major Mahmud of the Bangladesh Rifles border guard. “Two of our soldiers had been fatally hit. It’s [a] serious violation by the BSF. We have lodged a strong protest with the BSF over the incident,” he said. Despite friendly relations, Indian and Bangladeshi border guards often exchange fire along the 4,000km porous border.

■INDONESIA

Bombers’ appeal rejected

The Supreme Court has given the green light for the execution of the three Bali bombers after rejecting their last appeal, authorities said yesterday. The court has sent a letter to the Bali prosecutor’s office confirming that the rejection of the bombers’ latest and third petition meant the appeals process was exhausted, Denpasar District Court head Nyoman Gede Wirya said. “The ball is now in the hands of the prosecutor’s office to carry out the sentence, the appeals process is over,” he said. A Supreme Court spokesman could not be reached for comment. The three members of the Jemaah Islamiyah regional terror network — Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Ali Ghufron — were convicted in 2003.

■AUSTRALIA

Thieves target friars

Thieves targeted a group of foreign friars visiting for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI, police said yesterday. They stole a total of around US$6,800 in cash from 11 friars, 10 of whom were from the US and one from Papua New Guinea, New South Wales state police commissioner Andrew Scipione said. An official at the Sydney center where the men were staying said it had not deeply upset them. “It is unfortunate but I don’t think that is enough to dampen the spirits of these guys,” Father Julian Messina said. “There is so much joy and happiness.”

■SINGAPORE

Aussie reporter arrested

A television reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has been arrested and was expected to face drug charges yesterday, his employer said. “ABC South Asia correspondent Peter Lloyd has been arrested in Singapore,” a report on the ABC Web site said. The ABC Web site said Lloyd was expected to be charged in a court hearing at a hospital where he is being held under guard. It quoted Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith as saying he expected Australian officials to attend the hearing. Smith was quoted as saying. “If convicted, Lloyd faces imprisonment of between five and 20 years in jail and between five and 15 strokes of the cane,” the ABC said.

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