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AGENCIES

■CHINA

Bride eyes record

A bride is hoping to enter the record books after getting married in a wedding dress with a train more than 2km long trailing behind her. It took guests more than three hours to roll out the gown, complete with 9,999 silk red roses attached to it, in the northeastern province of Jilin, state news agency Xinhua said.

■TONGA

Ferry toll rises

The number of people missing from the Tonga ferry disaster has risen to 85, Australia’s Defence Ministry said yesterday. The cause of Wednesday’s sinking, 86km northeast of the Pacific island’s capital, Nuku’alofa, is not yet known. Detailing the current figures of missing or dead, the ministry said 85 of 141 people on board the vessel were unaccounted for. A Tongan patrol boat earlier recovered two bodies and 54 survivors, including 28 crew members, it said.

■HONG KONG

Smugglers slip-slide away

A gang of eight smugglers literally slipped away from police when they used a 40m homemade slide to escape after officers raided their smuggling operation, a media report said yesterday. Marine police launched the anti-smuggling operation after they saw the gang unloading boxes from a van parked on a hillside road above a bay on the south side of Hong Kong island, the South China Morning Post newspaper said. The smugglers were using the wooden slide to move the contraband down the hillside into six waiting speedboats. As police moved in five of the speedboats sped off while one waited as the men by the van used the slide to slip down the hill into the boat before it too escaped into Chinese waters. Police, who said about 20 people were involved, seized 56 boxes containing furs, computer hard disks and mobile phones worth about HK$4.1 million (US$525,610) from the van.

■UNITED KINGDOM

Swine flu ad man gets flu

A man who appeared in advertisements telling people how to avoid swine flu has come down with the virus himself, he said on Friday. Actor David McCusker, 30, who is seen sneezing in an elevator and spreading germs in the television spots fell victim to the very same virus, newspapers reported. “I was supposed to ‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it,’” he said, reprising the ad’s slogan. “But instead, I’ve been shivering, shaking and spreading it,” he said, according to the Sun. “It was a shock when I found out. I quarantined myself to sweat it out. I’ve been getting lots of stick from mates. I caught it, didn’t bin it and spread it all over the place,” he added. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said on Thursday that the number of deaths in England linked to swine flu increased from 27 to 36 in the previous week. However, there were 30,000 new cases of swine flu in England over the past seven days, compared to 110,000 cases in the previous week, and the majority of infections continued to be “mild,” the HPA said.

■GREECE

Bomb threat delays flight

A flight by Spanish airline Vueling was delayed for several hours on Thursday after an unknown caller said a bomb was on the plane. Airport authorities spent several hours searching the aircraft, which was due to take off from Athens’ International Airport, for signs of an explosive device but ended up finding nothing, Vueling said. The incident in Athens follows an emergency evacuation of one of the company’s aircraft after one of its engines caught fire in Paris. Eight people were injured.

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