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■CHINA

Panda bites spectator

A panda at the Beijing zoo bit his third tourist in two years — and this time, his jaws had to be forced open to free the man, who had jumped in to retrieve his son’s toy. Gu Gu, a 110kg panda, mauled the man’s legs and refused to let go until zookeepers pried his jaws open with tools, said a zoo spokeswoman. Gu Gu first made news in 2007 when he bit a drunken tourist who jumped into his pen and tried to hug him. The tourist retaliated by biting the panda in the back. In October, Gu Gu viciously bit a teenager who climbed into his exercise area out of curiosity. The Beijing News said the latest victim, Zhang Jiao of central Anhui Province, suffered damage to major ligaments and is recovering from surgery. The newspaper quoted tourists as saying Zhang appeared to first look around to see if pandas were nearby before jumping in to get his five-year-old son’s toy. Pandas, a national symbol often seen as being cute and cuddly, can be violent when provoked or startled.

■CHINA

Zhang photos spark debate

Photos of Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi (章子怡) cavorting with her Western fiance on a beach have sparked a heated online debate, with many netizens roasting her for shaming the nation, but others defending the star. The paparazzi pics, which cropped up on Chinese Internet portals this week, showed Zhang, 29, sunbathing topless on a Caribbean beach as her Israeli billionaire beau Vivi Nevo touched her intimately. “Zhang Ziyi is really shameless. She is with a foreigner, but should remember certain conduct is expected of Chinese women,” said an entry in a forum on the popular portal Sina.com. Because of the global fame some Chinese film stars enjoy, they come under close scrutiny and often fierce criticism online — the main public mode of expression for many — for actions deemed shameful to the country.

■NEW ZEALAND

Woman struck with arrow

A woman had emergency surgery after being hit in the face by an arrow fired from a neighbor’s crossbow, police said yesterday. The woman, 42, from suburban Auckland, had a severe head injury after a neighbor fired the loaded weapon on Thursday afternoon from a distance of about 30m, police official Stan Brown said. The woman was watering a plant on the verandah of her home when she was hit. She was found with a 40cm arrow partially embedded in the front of her skull, just above the right eye, he said. The woman had emergency eye surgery and was in stable condition yesterday. Police are investigating and trying to determine whether criminal charges are warranted, Detective Brown said.

■AUSTRALIA

Man dumps ‘Jungle Jane’

A man broke into three adult shops, had sex with blow up dolls named “Jungle Jane” and then dumped his plastic conquests in a nearby alley, local media reported on Wednesday. “It’s totally bizarre. It’s a real concern that someone like that is out on the street,” said one of the owners of the adult sex shops in Cairns in northern Queensland state.

■AUSTRALIA

Trooper attacked with car

An outback policeman was pelted with rocks and beer bottles and his stolen patrol car was used to try and run him down, police said on Wednesday. The officer was attacked by five people on Tuesday night at an Aboriginal camp near the desert town of Alice Springs.

■SENEGAL

Activist convicted of gay act

Nine men, including a prominent activist, have been convicted of homosexual acts and sentenced to eight years in prison, their lawyer and a gay rights group said on Thursday. Diadji Diouf, who heads an organization that provides HIV prevention services to gay men in the country, and the others were arrested last month in a raid on Diouf’s apartment. The nine convicted men were sentenced for unnatural acts and criminal conspiracy, said Joel Nana, Africa research and policy coordinator with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in Cape Town, South Africa. “This is the first case that we’ve heard of in Senegal where people actually got sentenced,” he said, calling the punishment long and harsh.

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