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AUSTRALIA

Flushed kitten rescued

A newborn kitten narrowly escaped drowning after being flushed down a toilet in Sydney, officials said on Tuesday. The day-and-a-half-old kitten swirled all the way down the s-bend before becoming lodged, prompting its frantic owner to call the emergency services. Rescuers used a camera and “located the kitten in a pipe several meters below ground,” fire superintendent Ian Krimmer said. Three crews including a special search and rescue unit responded to the distress call, dismantling the toilet and breaking through a concrete slab to reach the kitten. “We always try and help with domestic pets where we can,” Krimmer said. Media reports said the culprit was a two-year-old girl.

CHINA

Killer mother spared jail

A woman who beat her five-year-old daughter to death while trying to get her to memorize a poem has been spared jail by a Zhejiang Province court, state press said yesterday. Tan Hong-ying was sentenced to three years in prison by a court in Zhejiang on Tuesday, but the sentence was suspended and she was instead given five years probation, the Beijing Morning News reported. The report did not say why the court in the city of Jiashan handed down such a light sentence. The girl died in March after Tan pushed her to memorize a Tang Dynasty poem, a common school exercise for local children, the report said. Tan said she “hit the child on five or six occasions, with three or four strikes each time” on the back of the head as the girl tried to recite the poem.

CHINA

Man rescued from toilet

A man who got his arm stuck in a toilet pipe in an attempt to retrieve his dropped mobile phone was freed by rescuers, state television reported on Tuesday. When rescue workers arrived on the scene in Jiangsu Province, they found the man crouched over the toilet in a bathroom stall, his entire arm submerged up to the shoulder in the drain. Workers broke the porcelain bowl with crowbars and hammered the pipes, taking care not to injure the man, CCTV reported. After 10 minutes of work, the man was able to slowly remove his cut and bruised arm from the bowl and retrieve his waterlogged phone.

NEW ZEALAND

Threat lands more time

A prisoner who asked a warder to fax a death threat to the police officer who arrested him was convicted of threatening behavior yesterday. Daniel Thomas Rewi Nepia received a six-month jail term for the offense, longer than his original four-month sentence for violence and driving infringements, the Hawke’s Bay Today newspaper reported. The court heard he gave a hand-written note to a warder at Hawke’s Bay Prison that read: “I will shoot you in the face when I am able to do so. Before I do I shall take your family the way you have taken mine.”

AUSTRALIA

Cyber bully summoned

Police served a court order on an alleged cyber bully using the social networking site Facebook, officials said yesterday, describing it as a national first. Victoria police got court approval to use the site after attempts to serve the order in person, over the telephone or via the post failed. The “prolific” Facebook user was accused of, among other things, using the site to harass, bully and threaten another person, and police said they transcribed all the court documents and sent them to his Facebook inbox.

ISRAEL

Sharon sculpture shocks

A lifelike sculpture of former prime minister Ariel Sharon is stirring high emotions among Israelis. Sharon suffered a devastating stroke on Jan. 4, 2006, that has left him comatose for nearly five years. An art exhibition opening this week in Tel Aviv featuring a wax figure-like sculpture of Sharon in his hospital bed has enraged his political supporters. “This is not the way I would like to remember Sharon,” said Raanan Gissin, Sharon’s former adviser and confidant, after visiting the art gallery where the sculpture is exhibited. Israeli artist Noam Braslavsky said he created the sculpture because Sharon has been absent from the public eye for so long. “It’s an allegory about the state of Israel’s state of existence, hanging between the heavens and the earth,” Braslavsky said.

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