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World News Quick Take

AGENCIES

■MALDIVES

Nations vow to cut carbon

Six countries seen as most threatened by rising sea levels have vowed to cut their carbon emissions as a gesture of their commitment to fight global warming, the government said yesterday. The countries, mostly low-lying nations, met over the weekend in the country ahead of a UN climate change meeting in Mexico and pledged to drastically cut their emissions while pressing others to follow suit. “Antigua and Barbuda, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, the Maldives, the Marshall Islands and Samoa all pledged to slash greenhouse gas emissions and pursue green growth and development,” the government said in a statement. The nation is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2020.

■PAKISTAN

Bomber wounds eight

A suicide bomber ran past guards at a minority Shiite mosque in Sargodha city, Punjab Province, then blew himself up on Sunday, wounding eight worshipers, officials said. The attack appeared to be the latest in a string by Sunni extremists against other Muslims they consider infidels. Sargodha police chief Bashir Ahmad said eight people had been taken to the hospital, two of whom were in critical condition. The attacker apparently was not more than 17-years-old, he added.

■THAILAND

Suspected separatists kill

Suspected Islamic separatists shot dead three people, including one Malaysian, in the latest violence in the insurgency-plagued southern provinces, police said yesterday. The 57-year-old Malaysian was gunned down early on Sunday at his karaoke business in the border town of Sungai Kolok in Narathiwat Province. The same day in neighboring Pattani Province, a 50-year-old Buddhist teacher was shot dead at his home by suspected militants, while a 54-year-old Muslim man was killed in a drive-by shooting in front of a mosque, police said. The government last week extended emergency rule in three troubled southern provinces until October.

■AUSTRALIA

Nude man causes chaos

An armed man wearing nothing but a holster and standing on top of a billboard brought central Perth to a standstill during a lengthy altercation with police. The shaven-headed man, brandishing a small pistol, drew a tactical response team, a police helicopter, a fire truck, ambulances and crowds of onlookers as authorities shut down part of the city on Saturday. “He’s just ranting and raving at this stage, nothing that’s really ... making a great deal of sense,” inspector Neil Blair told reporters at the scene. “It’s not the actions of a rational person to be up there naked in the middle of Perth with what appears to be a handgun.” The man, who appeared on the billboard around lunchtime, finally put down his weapon and surrendered to police in the early evening.

■HONG KONG

Godfather of Cantopop dies

Tai Sze-chung (戴思聰), veteran vocal coach to Cantopop’s biggest stars, has died from heart disease. He was 69. Tai’s daughter Wancy told reporters her father passed away early on Sunday from complications from an acute coronary heart problem. The Apple Daily reported yesterday that Tai was hospitalized after fainting at his home early on Saturday. Tai was nicknamed “godfather of the music industry” for his star-studded list of students. Among those he tutored were late pop diva Anita Mui (梅艷芳), singer Faye Wong (王菲) and actor-singers Andy Lau (劉德華) and Leon Lai (黎明).

■GERMANY

Autobahn becomes table

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