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AGENCIES

■NEW ZEALAND

Teen offers sexy pics of mom

A teenager tried to sell some sexy photographs of his mother on an Internet auction site after the pair had an argument, a newspaper reported. The 18-year-old opened an auction for “five naked photos of my Mum” on the Trade Me site after being told to clear the family garage and sell any unwanted items, the Herald on Sunday said. Trade Me pulled the auction the next day, but the student, identified only as Michael, was soon back trying to sell a series of “glamour” shots of his mother, including one in her underwear. His mother, 44, who did not want the family name published, told the paper she was “pretty annoyed” when she found out about the first set of photographs. “He was quite naughty... I thought ‘you cheeky little git,’” she said. But she was also annoyed that Trade Me withdrew the second set of pictures, of which she approved. “I insisted Michael show me first, the little bugger. They are quite artistic. There is nothing dodgy about them. I wanted 50 percent of the sale, but more than that I miss the nice comments,” she said.

■HONG KONG

Man jailed for shooting plot

A second man was yesterday jailed for three years for his part in a suspected plot to shoot pro-democracy champion Martin Lee (李柱銘). Ho Wai-kan appeared in court pleading guilty to possession of a gun and ammunition which he had smuggled over the border from China for Chinese would-be hit man Huang Nanhua (黃南華). However, Ho claimed he had not known what was in the bag and last week testified in the trial of Huang, who was jailed for 16 years last week in Hong Kong’s High Court for possession of the gun and ammunition with intent to commit an arrestable offence. Huang, 50, was found with the gun when he was arrested in a routine police check on a taxi last August. During his trial, the prosecution claimed he was sent to Hong Kong with instructions to target Lee. A photograph and the home address of media tycoon Jimmy Lai (黎智英) were also found on him when he was arrested.

■SOUTH KOREA

Gambler sues casino

A man who says he gambled away 30 billion won (US$23.5 million) in three years is suing a casino for allegedly fuelling his addiction, a report said yesterday. The man identified only as Chung, 67, is appealing a court ruling last November which ordered the casino to pay him 2.8 billion won in damages. Chung says this is not enough since he lost 30 billion won at the casino. Chung claims the casino turned a blind eye to him making bets above the legitimate limit. He says he knew nothing about gambling until he first visited the casino six years ago.

■GERMANY

Revenge brings unhappiness

Revenge may be sweet, but it could damage your health and make you unhappier than most other people, a study by German and Belgian researchers shows. The study conducted among 20,000 people by the universities of Bonn and Maastricht found that people who like to pay back perceived injustices also have fewer friends and are less satisfied with life. The researchers wanted to find out what influence character traits such as positive and negative acts of reciprocation had on “success” and “satisfaction with life.” Respondents were asked to what extent they would reciprocate an act of kindness or in contrast pay back an insult. The study also revealed that positively inclined people were more willing to work longer hours but only if they perceived their wages as being fair.

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