Suspected militants slain
Police killed two suspected Pakistani militants after a car chase and gun battle on the outskirts of New Delhi before dawn yesterday. Police said the two men were shot dead in the town of Noida and one policeman was injured. “We recovered AK-47 rifles and grenades and some documents, including a Pakistani passport,” Navin Arora, a senior Noida police officer told reporters. The attack came on the eve of Republic Day today. Police said the suspects were trying to enter New Delhi.
Car bombing kills 16
A policeman and 15 civilians were reported killed on Saturday in a suicide car bombing in Mogadishu and 38 others seriously wounded, the Arab broadcaster al-Jazeera reported. The bombing at a police checkpoint came a week after the withdrawal of the remaining Ethiopian troops, and during a power vacuum contested by Islamist rebels and the interim government. The policeman shot at the car as it sped toward the checkpoint. In response, the bomber steered his car into a full bus.
Medvedev invites Aso
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has invited Prime Minister Taro Aso to visit Sakhalin island next month for talks on “all issues” between the two nations, officials in Tokyo said late on Saturday. In a 15-minute phone call, Aso said he would consider the proposed meeting, the Japanese foreign ministry said. Medvedev invited Aso for a ceremony at the Sakhalin II project, which has just started, liquefied natural gas production and will export to Japan. Moscow and Tokyo have never signed a peace treaty to formally end World War II due to Tokyo’s claims over four islands which Soviet troops seized in 1945 off Japan’s northern coast.
3D porn flick planned
Filmmakers are preparing to leave filmgoers goggle-eyed by releasing the world’s first pornographic movie in 3D, the Sunday Morning Post. said yesterday. Shooting on the Chinese-language film 3D Sex And Zen, budgeted at US$4 million, is scheduled for April with producers promising some of the most realistic close-up sex scenes ever. “Just imagine that you’ll be watching it as if you were sitting beside the bed,” Stephen Shiu Jr said. “There will be many close-ups. It will look as if the actresses are only a few centimeters from the audience.” However, he said casting for the film was proving difficult. “We’re having trouble finding a male lead who is willing to undress in front of the camera,” he said. “It’s a lot more difficult to find an actor than an actress for this kind of film.”
Mugabe’s daughter studying
The daughter of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is studying at the University of Hong Kong under an assumed name, the Sunday Morning Post said yesterday. Bona Mugabe, whose father and fellow leaders are banned from visiting the US, the EU and Australia, began studying in the territory last year, a senior university source said. Her presence was revealed after her 43-year-old mother, Grace Mugabe, allegedly assaulted a British photographer who tried to take photos of her outside the Kowloon Shangri-la Hotel on Jan. 15. Police said they were still investigating the alleged assault on photographer Richard Jones, who said he had been repeatedly beaten and punched by Grace Mugabe while her bodyguard held him.
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