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AGENCIES

■HONG KONG

Stewardess convicted

A former flight attendant who stole 168 items from the plane’s trolleys on a single flight was sentenced to community service yesterday. Kwong Man-fong, 43, purloined biscuits, beer, mineral water, wine, chocolates, a sewing kit, pens, instant noodles and shaving cream on the Cathay Pacific flight from Auckland to the territory on July 27. Two junior colleagues spotted Kwong, who had worked for the Hong Kong airline for 23 years, and reported her to the captain. She resigned and was prosecuted for theft by the airline. Kwong pleaded guilty to theft.

■MALAYSIA

‘Sex party’ plan condemned

Malaysian authorities have condemned rumored plans for a New Year’s Eve sex party at a remote beach, while police warned the “no-underwear” event could be a con job. Newspaper reports said the party for the under-40s, to be held in southern Johor state bordering Singapore, was being advertised through a Web site that asked for 250 ringgit (US$72) as an entrance fee. “A sex party is against our culture and religion and if it went on, it would damage the country’s reputation worldwide,” Tourism Minister Azalina Othman said according to the New Straits Times newspaper yesterday. Johor criminal investigation department chief Amer Awal warned that the sex party was likely to be a fraud designed to cheat potential partygoers out of the ticket price.

■CHINA

Dinosaur fossil site found

Scientists say they have discovered the world’s largest dinosaur fossil site in the eastern province of Shandong, state media reported yesterday. Scientists had recovered some 7,600 fossils from a 300m long pit near Zhucheng city over the past seven months, Xinhua news agency said. The finds included remains of a 20m hadrosaurus, which could be a record size for the duck-billed dinosaur, Xinhua said. Scientists had put down tools for the winter, but said further excavations could yield more fossils. Zhucheng, known locally as the nation’s “Dinosaur City,” has produced dinosaur fossils in some 30 sites, according to local media.

■HONG KONG

UFO group slams university

A UFO group has condemned the city’s largest university for canceling a course on ufology because, it said, of faculty objections to the subject. The course was set to begin last September as an optional subject for University of Hong Kong students in a joint project between the university and the Hong Kong Institute of Ufology, local newspaper Apple Daily reported on Monday. The course was delayed and discussions were held on offering it at a later date after some academics expressed reservations about its content, said Moon Fong (方仲滿), a committee member of the institute.

■AUSTRALIA

Topless sunbathing debated

A Christian lawmaker has proposed legislation that would ban women from sunbathing topless on Sydney’s beaches, where bare breasts have been a common sight for decades. Critics were quick to condemn the measure — first reported yesterday on the front page of the city’s the Daily Telegraph newspaper — as unnecessary and a distraction from real concerns. Leaders of the two major parties in the New South Wales state parliament, where the bill will be introduced in the coming weeks, have effectively killed it by arguing that local governments should be left to decide the boundaries of decent exposure.

■IRAN

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