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■ AUSTRALIA

‘Prudie nudies’ strike again

A top nudist resort got into a tangle with its clientele yesterday over plans that the tropical north Queensland property announced for a month-long naked orgy in March. Nudist Federation president Lindsay Parkyns described the adults-only Port Douglas bash as a “recipe for disaster,” drawing a response from White Cockatoo Resort owner Tony Fox that the group was full of “prudie nudies” with “penis envy.” A prohibition on blatant partner-swapping imposed three years ago has been revoked in the wake of the global economic slowdown. “Tough times call for stiff measures,” Fox said. “It’ll be a hedonism resort where anything goes for a month.” The White Cockatoo, which operates as a nudist-only resort in the southern hemisphere summer, risks a boycott from Parkyns and other “prudie nudies,” complaining that a four-week sex romp sends the wrong message.

■ HONG KONG

English important as ever

Eleven years after it ceased to be a British colony, English remains the most important language to master in the territory’s business and professional world, a survey released yesterday showed. Written English was rated the most important language skill in a survey of more than 20,000 ethnic Chinese professionals, followed by the local language Cantonese and then spoken English. On a scale of one to six, written English was ranked at 5.08 in importance while Mandarin, the language spoken by the majority of people in China, was ranked at only 3.79.

■ INDIA

Sour milk kills six at school

At least six teenagers died from suspected food poisoning after drinking sour milk at their boarding school, an official said yesterday. Teachers panicked when the students started vomiting on Thursday and rushed them to a hospital on the outskirts of Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand state, state chief secretary A.K. Basu said. The students, aged 12 and 13, initially refused to drink the unpasteurized milk, complaining to a school administrator that it had soured, Basu said. But the official, Ram Jaleswar Sahu, encouraged them by drinking some himself. Sahu also became sick and was hospitalized, Basu said.

■ INDIA

Maoist-hit state holds vote

A part of the Maoist rebel-hit east voted in state elections yesterday, the first of a string of elections seen as a mini-referendum on the ruling Congress Party ahead of national polls next year. Security was tight in impoverished Chhattisgarh state, the base of ultra-leftist rebels described by the government as the biggest threat to internal security. The Maoists appeared determined to disrupt the polls, with three policemen escorting ballot boxes injured by a bomb hidden in a food box, officials said.

■ CHINA

Four students die after fall

Four college students in Shanghai fell more than 15m to their deaths yesterday after a fire broke out in their dormitory, state media reported. The blaze at the Shanghai Business School quickly blocked the corridors for the female students who were living in one of the rooms on the sixth floor of the dormitory, the China News Service said. The four were forced on to the balcony, and then over the top where they hung on to the balustrades and yelled for help for about one minute before they ran out of strength and fell, the report said, citing an unnamed witness.

■ AUSTRIA

Fritzl charged with murder

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