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■AUSTRALIA

Toilet glue pranksters sought

Police and civic leaders yesterday appealed for help catching pranksters who glued a man to a public toilet seat, forcing an embarrassing rescue by ambulance officers. A 58-year-old was taken to hospital with the toilet seat still attached to his behind after he used a booby-trapped convenience in a shopping center in Cairns on Saturday. Police investigating the incident made a public appeal for help finding the joker, while furious city officials described the stunt as a “sick joke.” “I’m disgusted that a gentleman has had to go through that because someone thinks it’s funny — it’s a sick joke,” Cairns City Council community safety committee chair Di Forsyth told the Australian Associated Press.

■AUSTRALIA

Post sets weight limit

Workers too heavy for the motorbikes that Australia Post uses to deliver letters will be taken off the road until they get below 100kg, the company said on Sunday. “It’s about how to ensure we’ve got a consistent approach, how riders can be safe and continue riding the bikes,” Australia Post spokesman Alex Twomey told the Daily Telegraph. The too-heavy riders will be redeployed to the sorting office or on walking routes. The union claims the weight restriction breaks anti-discrimination laws and has pledged court action to challenge it. Communications Workers Union spokesman Cameron Thiele said Australia Post should get bigger motorbikes rather than insist on smaller postal workers.

■INDONESIA

Thieves kill tiger at zoo

A group of thieves killed an endangered tiger at an Indonesian zoo and stole most of its body, zoo officials said on Sunday, a theft police suspect was motivated by the animal’s valuable fur and bones. The remains of the female Sumatran tiger were found by staff on Saturday at the Taman Rimba Zoo in Jambi Province on Sumatra island, zoo director Adrianis said. “It was sadistic,” Adrianis said of the attack. “The killers left only its intestines in the cage.” Posma Lubis, lead detective for the Jambi police department, said they were searching for the perpetrators.

■HONG KONG

Group targets disposables

A green organization yesterday called for a levy on disposable cups and cutlery after revealing McDonald’s had given away about 400 million such items during lunchtimes alone in the last three years. Green Senses is demanding the government introduce a levy of US$0.06 on every item given to customers in a bid to force the fast-food chain to cut down on the number it uses. The environmental group based its estimate on a survey, which had tracked 50 of the McDonald’s outlets in the administrative region since 2006.

■VIETNAM

Elephant tusks found

Customs inspectors have discovered more than 2 tonnes of elephant tusks hidden in a shipping container full of snail shells from Kenya, an official said yesterday. Bui Hoang Duong, head of the customs inspection department at the northern port of Haiphong, said inspectors opened the container on Friday as part of enhanced scrutiny of shipping from Tanzania because of recent cases of ivory smuggling. The container’s waybill said it had been loaded by a Vietnamese carrier, Vinashin Mariner, in the Tanzanian port of Zanjiba. The elephant tusks were cut into three to four pieces and hidden in the middle of thousands of packages of snail shells. A total of 326 pieces of ivory were found in the container.

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