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World News Quick Take

AGENCIES

■CHINA

Sale sparks stampede

A sales promotion set off a stampede in Chongqing that left two people dead and 11 injured, Xinhua news agency said. Details of the Sunday sale were unclear, but Xinhua said the crowd was scrambling for giveaways during a promotion for a brand of Tibetan medicine. A spokeswoman for Chongqing’s Fuling District government said yesterday that said the company hosting the sale, Fuling Liaofeng Electronics Co, issued an apology.

■VIETNAM

Toddler escapes jaws

A mother narrowly rescued her year-old son from an attack by a crocodile that had escaped from a nearby farm, a police officer in the Mekong delta said yesterday. The woman was holding her son over a canal to relieve himself on Sunday when the 100kg crocodile leapt out of the water and snapped at the child’s foot. The mother managed to pull her son back and outrun the crocodile that pursued her onto land, the officer said. Four local men subdued the crocodile with ropes and sticks. “It is mating season, so the crocodile was more aggressive than usual,” the officer said.

■PHILIPPINES

Teen stabs six

Jonathan Tiplado, 17, was shot dead after stabbing six people inside a Manila police station, police said yesterday. He had been brought in for questioning over a stabbing late on Sunday. While being questioned he pulled out a knife that had been hidden in his underwear and began attacking people, police said. The injured included four teenagers, a community peace volunteer and a police officer.

■JAPAN

Activists appear in court

Two Greenpeace members appeared in court on charges of stealing whale meat, in what the environmental group said was a legitimate act to highlight corruption in Japan’s controversial whaling program. Junichi Sato, 32, and Toru Suzuki, 42, appeared in the district court in Aomori for a pre-trial hearing. They were arrested in June last year for allegedly stealing whale meat from a transport company in Aomori and held for 26 days. They face up to 10 years in jail if found guilty. Greenpeace says Sato and Suzuki took the meat to show it was being sold illegally and to highlight there is corruption in the Japanese whaling industry.

■AUSTRALIA

Whale rescue under way

Volunteers joined rescue workers yesterday in struggling to save the lives of 17 whales that survived a mass stranding on a beach in Hamelin Bay, south of Perth. Around 80 long-finned pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins were found beached. “When found this morning there were 25 whales alive, since then a further eight have died,” the Department of Environment and Conservation said in a statement.

About 100 people were working to stabilize the survivors while awaiting equipment to help return them to the sea.

■SOUTH KOREA

Ex-presidential aide arrested

A former aide to President Lee Myung-bak has been arrested in connection with a widening bribery investigation, an official said yesterday. Choo Boo-kil was taken into custody in Seoul for allegedly accepting up to 200 million won (US$140,000) in bribes from a businessman, a prosecution spokesman said. Choo, a former presidential secretary for public relations, is being investigated for purportedly using his connections with tax officials to help the businessman avoid an investigation.

■ITALY

Royal heir wins dance show

More than 60 years after Italy scrapped its royal family, the youngest heir to the defunct throne has been crowned king for a day after dancing the cha-cha-cha on the TV dance show, Strictly Come Dancing. Emanuele Filiberto, the grandson of the country’s last king, and Russian dancer Natalia Titova won the show’s final round on Saturday night with 75 percent of the phone-in vote. The 36-year-old said he entered the contest “with the aim of letting Italians get to know me,” and has hinted he may stand in European elections. Waving his enormous trophy on Saturday, Filiberto gave a speech worthy of the Oscars, saying: “The victory is above all for the Italians who discovered me.”

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