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■INDIA

Gas leak sickens scores

At least 60 people were taken to hospital yesterday after a leak of chlorine gas in a sprawling industrial district of Mumbai. Mumbai Fire Brigade chief officer Uday Tatkare said the leak happened in the Sewri area of the city owned by the Mumbai Port Trust. “One of three cylinders stored in a courtyard at a warehouse owned by the Trust leaked. The leakage has been brought under control and we are in damage control mode,” he said by telephone from the scene. Four firefighters who were sent to the accident were among those in hospital, but were in a stable condition, he added. A total of 58 people were taken to the state-run Jamshetjee Jejeebhoy Hospital for treatment for “breathlessness, suffocation and nausea,” a spokesman said. Eight were in a critical condition. Two people were also being treated at the King Edward Memorial Hospital but their condition was not said to be serious.

■SOUTH KOREA

Euthanasia to be allowed

Doctors will be allowed to remove life support from terminally ill patients after confirming their wish to die, under new medical guidelines on mercy killing, officials said yesterday. The guidelines were drawn up by a committee of 18 representatives from parliament, civic groups and the judicial, religious and medical communities, the health ministry said. They agreed that doctors could stop prolonged life-­sustaining treatment, based only on prior written or oral statements from patients. But they failed to agree on mercy killing for mentally disabled and other patients who cannot express their wish, the ministry said in a statement. Ministry officials said the guidelines would be used to enact a new law on euthanasia, although no timetable has been set for when parliament would debate the legislation.

■PAKISTAN

Baluch leader killed

Gunmen yesterday killed a political leader in Quetta who had hounded authorities to find hundreds of missing Baluch nationalists in the nation’s southwest. Habib Jalib Baluch, a lawyer and secretary-general of the Baluchistan National Party, was killed near his home in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan Province, police official Hamid Shakil said. Baluchistan has long been the scene of a nationalist movement and insurgency determined to gain more autonomy for the province and a greater share of the wealth mined from its natural resources. Activists say hundreds of Baluch nationalists have vanished over the past several years.

■NEW ZEALAND

Dog shoots owner

A man has good reason to question whether his dog is truly his best friend after his family pet shot him in the backside in a potentially fatal accident. The 40-year-old man was sitting in the backseat of his car when the dog stepped on the trigger of a loaded .22 rifle and shot him, police told the Northern Advocate newspaper yesterday. The wounded man was with a group of friends who had just finished killing and butchering a domestic pig and he thought the rifle had been unloaded. He was rushed by helicopter to a nearby hospital in the far northern town of Dargaville, where doctors said he had surgery to remove a bullet from his left buttock.

■INDIA

Facebook lightens skin

Skincare group Vaseline has introduced a skin-lightening application for Facebook, enabling users to make their skin whiter in their profile pictures. The download is designed to promote Vaseline’s range of skin-lightening creams for men, a huge and fast-growing market driven by fashion and a cultural preference for fairer skin. The widget promises to “Transform Your Face On Facebook With Vaseline Men” in a campaign fronted by Bollywood actor Shahid Kapur, who is depicted with his face divided into dark and fair halves.

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