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World News Quick Take

AGENCIES

■THAILAND

Loud Russian wins contest

Short shrieks, high-pitched yelps, and drawn-out wails rang out at an international competition aimed at setting a new record for the loudest scream. Russian Sergey Savelyev chimed in at 116.8 decibels — roughly as loud as an ambulance siren — to win Saturday’s competition in the seaside town of Pattaya. His effort fell short of breaking the 129-decibel Guinness World Record for the loudest scream set in 2000 in London. “I was only getting warmed up,” said 33-year-old Savelyev, who said he would be back next year to compete in the competition hosted by Thailand’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum.

■INDONESIA

Small plane goes missing

A plane carrying 16 people disappeared in the eastern part of the country yesterday, an airline official said. The Twin Otter plane was on a commercial flight in the remote Papua region when it lost contact with ground officials, said Captain Nikmatullah, the tor of operations of the airline operating the plane, Merpati Nusantara. Nikmatullah, who goes by a single name, said no trace had been found of the plane more then four hours after it took off. The aircraft was carrying enough fuel to keep it in the air for three-and-a half hours, he told Metro TV station.

■PAKISTAN

Building collapse kills 23

Authorities say rescue crews have pulled the bodies of two more women from the rubble of a collapsed five-story building in Karachi, bringing the death toll to 23. Almost all the victims are women and children. Chief Fire Officer Ehtisham Uddin said the rescue operation was called off yesterday because all residents of the building had been accounted for. He said crews were working to remove the rubble. The building collapsed late on Friday in the congested downtown Lea Market neighborhood. Mayor Mohammad Dilawar said on Saturday the building apparently was weakened by heavy monsoon rains. Karachi, a city of more than 16 million people, has an aging infrastructure and a poor drainage system.

■CHINA

Two officials suspended

Authorities in Zhentou Township, Hunan Province, suspended two environment officials and detained a chemical plant boss after hundreds of residents protested, claiming the factory polluted a river and caused at least two deaths in the area, an official said yesterday. About 1,000 villagers gathered at government and police offices on Thursday to highlight what they say is deadly pollution being discharged from the Xianghe Chemical Factory in nearby Liuyang City, Xinhua news agency said on Saturday. The protesters said chemical waste from the factory pollutes the water that irrigates their rice and vegetable fields, a resident said in a telephone interview.

■PAKISTAN

CD shops bombed

Police said suspected militants have bombed four music shops selling CDs and cassettes in the northern part of the country. No injuries have been reported. Police officer Habibur Rahman said a time bomb planted outside the shops in the main market of Balakot, in a district next to the troubled Swat Valley, exploded early yesterday. A similar attack last Monday in another town in the same district damaged three CD shops and wounded two bystanders. In the past, bombings of CD stores have been blamed on pro-Taliban militants who consider music and movies un-Islamic.

■ISRAEL

Police hunting gunman

Hundreds of police officers were scouring the streets of Tel Aviv yesterday in a door-to-door manhunt for a gunman who opened fire on a gay youth club. A masked man entered a club for gay teens late on Saturday, pulled out a pistol and shot in all directions, killing two and injuring 11, four seriously, police said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man then holstered his pistol and fled the scene by foot to the busy streets of Tel Aviv. Nitzan Horowitz, Israel’s only openly gay lawmaker, said the attack had all the symptoms of a “hate crime.” “This is the worst attack ever against the gay community in Israel,” he said. “This act was a blind attack against innocent youths and I expect the authorities to exercise all means in apprehending the shooter.” Gays and lesbians enjoy great freedom and liberties in Israel.

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