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Chimp takes revenge

A chimpanzee in Kolkata zoo took revenge on visitors by hurling stones at them, injuring a mother and her six-year-old daughter, newspapers reported yesterday. Babu, a male chimpanzee, was being teased by the packed Sunday afternoon crowds when he hit Mithu Mondal, 30, and her daughter Nikita. “Some of the visitors threw pieces of bricks at a chimpanzee named Babu. He became furious and retaliated by throwing stones at them,” S.K Chowdhury, the director of the zoo, told the Calcutta Telegraph. The two victims were taken to hospital and released after treatment.


Nobel winner to ‘bury medal’

Nobel physics laureate Toshihide Maskawa said yesterday he planned to bury his medal in the ground as the camera-shy professor returned from the ceremony in Sweden. Maskawa made his first-ever foreign trip to collect the prize. He said he had never gone to conferences abroad as he was petrified about speaking English. Asked by reporters on his return to Japan what he would do with the medal, Maskawa said in an apparent joke: “Well, I’ll dig a hole and bury it below.”


Businessman kidnapped

Muslim extremists have abducted a Filipino-Chinese businessman in the latest in a rash of abductions in the area, police said on Monday. Peter Go, 28, was closing his electronics store on Jolo island late on Saturday when four armed men accosted him, disarmed his security guard and fled in a waiting van, regional police chief Senior Superintendent Julasirim Kasim said. Police pursued the kidnappers but lost them in the town of Indanan, a known haunt of the Abu Sayyaf, a Muslim extremist linked to the al-Qaeda terror network. Both the military and police said the abduction was the work of the Abu Sayyaf.


Lee will give away wealth

President Lee Myung-bak said yesterday he is still committed to giving away almost all his personal wealth to encourage the underprivileged to overcome deepening economic difficulties. Lee, in his regular radio address, also said he will continue donating his entire monthly presidential salary of 14 million won (US$10,332) to low-income households for the rest of his five-year term. The former business executive also gave all his salary to poor people when he was mayor of Seoul in 2002-2006. During his election campaign last year, Lee vowed to give away his personal fortune — except for a retirement home — to the needy. He was the richest among the 11 election candidates, according to government figures.


Stabbing suspects arrested

Police have arrested two suspects over the stabbing of the Passau police chief and are investigating several other people active in the neo-Nazi scene, prosecutors said yesterday. Alois Mannichl, 52, was seriously injured when he was stabbed in front of his home on Saturday. Police said the attacker made threats with language used by far-right supporters. The stabbing of Mannichal, who had taken a firm stand against far-right supporters in recent years, shocked the country. “This is an escalation of violence to a level we haven’t seen in the right-wing extremist scene ... in decades,” Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said.


Sex offender site probed

A government watchdog is investigating a Web site that publishes the names of convicted sex offenders for potential breach of privacy, an official said on Sunday. Data Inspection Board lawyer Jonas Agnvall said the board opened the investigation after receiving complaints about the site and will assess whether the publication has been done with a journalistic purpose or not. By law, material published with a journalistic purpose is excluded from the law that protects personal information. The Web site posts addresses, court documents, dates of birth and photos of convicted rapists.

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