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■SOUTH KOREA

Porn makers sue thousands

Foreign pornography producers are suing Internet users for breach of copyright by uploading their content onto local Web sites, police said yesterday. A law firm representing 50 US and Japanese porn producers has filed suit against about 10,000 people. The lawsuit was filed simultaneously through 10 police stations in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province, police said. “Police will look into the case to see whether there was any breach of the law before deciding whether to initiate criminal probes,” an officer said. Munhwa newspaper said the lawsuit argues that unlimited distribution of porn is “harmful to juveniles.” “We selected about 10,000 user IDs that earned financial benefits from habitually uploading pornography,” an official of the unidentified law firm said.

■HONG KONG

Fair features pricey tea

A 109-year-old tea has gone on sale at an international tea fair, a media report said yesterday. Just 10g of the pu-erh tea costs HK$8,000 (US$1,025), the South China Morning Post reported. Sun Sing Tea is also selling two 300g to 320g slabs of 1950 vintage pu-erh tea for HK$130,000 and HK$70,000 respectively at the three-day fair. Tea is the most popular beverage in Hong Kong, which has the highest consumption of tea of all Asian cities.

■CHINA

Better with butter on it

Residential property managers have turned to butter in their battle against burglars as a cheap alternative to repairing their broken surveillance system. They smeared 100kg of butter on the gas pipelines that run outside the buildings on the Mingdemen estate in the city of Xi’an, making them too slippery to climb, Xinhua news agency said yesterday. “Natural gas pipelines are often used as ‘ladders’ by burglars and burglaries are rife here,” one Mingdemen manager was quoted as saying. About 1,200 of the 2,000 units are rented out, so it can be difficult to determine who actually lives there and “some bad guys may sneak in,” he said. All the surveillance cameras were broken and the estate was facing an outstanding US$8,800 installation bill. “Butter is the most economical way,” the manager said.

■AUSTRALIA

Asylum seekers intercepted

A navy vessel intercepted a boat carrying 77 people off its northwest coast, officials said yesterday. The boat was found early yesterday in the Indian Ocean near Christmas Island, Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor said. It is believed that the group intended to seek asylum. “The group will be transferred to Christmas Island, where they will undergo security, identity and health checks as well as establish their reasons for travel,” O’Connor said in a statement.

■CHINA

Kids learn about birds, bees

A Shanghai sex-education camp for children aged eight to 13 began this week, but only six boys enrolled and the girls’ section was canceled, state media reported yesterday. The privately run three-day US$420 camp opened on Wednesday to coincide with the start of summer holidays, the Shanghai Daily reported. A recent survey at a Shanghai hospital found that less than 30 percent of callers to a health hotline knew how to avoid pregnancy, while only 17 percent were aware of venereal disease, state media said last month. But the summer camp for kids aims to answer the basic question: “Where Did I Come From?”

■GERMANY

Briton becomes top shaker

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