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■CHINA

Pro-Iran hackers hit Baidu

Internet search engine Baidu was hacked yesterday in what state media said was an attack by a pro-Iranian government group that replaced the usual home page with an Iranian flag. Internet users found a message saying “This site has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army,” the People’s Daily reported on its Web site. Below a sentence in Farsi read, “In reaction to the US authorities’ intervention in Iran’s internal affairs. This is a warning,” the report said. “The Iranian Cyber Army” was the name used by hackers who briefly shut down Twitter last month. The reason for the attack was not clear.

■CHINA

Tibet’s governor resigns

The governor of Tibet has tendered his resignation, state-owned media said yesterday, as Beijing convened a meeting to spur economic growth and quell dissatisfaction in the region. Qiangba Pingcuo, an ethnic Tibetan, was governor during demonstrations by Tibetans in Lhasa that turned deadly on March 14, 2008. Xinhua did not give a reason for his resignation, say whether the resignation would be accepted or who his replacement would be. He is 62, three years shy of China’s mandatory retirement age.

■AUSTRALIA

TV can kill: research

People who spend more than four hours in front of the TV each day have a far higher risk of dying early than those who limit their viewing, researchers in an Australian study said yesterday in a report published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. “Compared to people who watch less than two hours of television per day, people who watch more than four hours per day have a 46 percent higher risk of death from all causes,” researcher David Dunstan said. They also have an 80 percent increased risk from cardiovascular disease, he said. The findings come from a six-year study into the viewing habits of some 8,800 Australians.

■HONG KONG

‘Milkshake’ killer appeals

A 45-year-old American woman dubbed the “milkshake murderer” for the killing of her high-flying banker husband launched her final appeal yesterday in the Court of Final Appeal. Nancy Kissel was convicted of murdering her husband in 2003 by lacing a strawberry milkshake with a cocktail of sedatives and bludgeoning him to death with a lead ornament. She was sentenced to life in prison in 2005. Kissel claimed she was acting in self-defense after her husband attacked her with a baseball bat. Her defense team is challenging the conviction on the grounds that prosecutors breached evidence rules.

■SOUTH KOREA

Cold sparks blackout fears

Unusually icy weather has caused a surge in power demand, sparking concern about possible blackouts. Knowledge Economy Minister Choi Kyung-hwan said the country used a record amount of electricity over the past four days, peaking at 68.56 million kilowatts last Friday morning. This is 5.35 million kilowatts more than recorded during last summer’s peak.

■AUSTRALIA

Eight-year-olds save man

Two eight-year-old boys in a young lifeguards training program rescued a man who was struggling in the ocean off Northcliffe beach, in Queensland. Jake Satherley told Australian Broadcasting Corp radio that he and friend Spencer Jeams saw a middle-aged man saying, “‘Help, help,’ so we went over to him and pulled him on our board.”

■UNITED KINGDOM

Court rejects Gurkha case

Gurkha veterans in Nepal expressed disappointment yesterday at a British court’s decision to reject a test case seeking equal pension rights for the former soldiers. Those who retired after July 1, 1997, were granted equal pensions in 2007, but around 24,000 veterans who retired before that date and their dependents receive only a third of what their British counterparts get. The British government defended the High Court challenge, arguing that Gurkha veterans’ pensions are paid over a longer time period than those of their British counterparts.

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