Man weds best mate: dog
Twenty-year-old Joe Guiso has surprised friends by getting married — to his pet dog of five years, a golden Labrador called Honey. Guiso said the “marriage” ceremony performed by a friend in the Queensland town of Toowoomba was simply a creative and light-hearted way of bringing together family and friends. “This was just an event for my friends and I to get together,” he said yesterday. “It really was fun. We all dressed up in suits and everything.” However, “you can’t actually marry a dog,” he added. Guiso, who reveled at a stag night at a friend’s house before the event, said while he loves his dog, it is “just Plutonic love.” “There’s nothing sexual,” he said, adding that he hoped no one was offended by the unconventional pooch partnership.
Would-be bomber killed
A Tianjin resident apparently angry over a property dispute with a university was killed last week when a crude bomb he intended to use to attack the school’s president blew up, the Global Times reported yesterday. Tianjin Normal University president Gao Yubao (高玉葆) was not injured in the explosion, the report said, citing police sources. The incident occurred on Friday last week, but was only reported after Web users posted news of the bombing on the Internet, the newspaper said. The suspected assailant, who was involved with a dispute with the university over “property issues,” was armed with a “bottle of gasoline” when he came to the school for a meeting with the president, it said. Tianjin police and the university refused to elaborate on the incident, the paper said.
UN official arrives for talks
A senior UN official has arrived for talks with government and former communist rebel leaders as the world body prepares to pull its peace mission from the country. The mission began in 2006 after the Maoist rebels gave up their decade-long rebellion, signed a peace deal and entered mainstream politics. However, thousands of their fighters remain in UN-monitored camps amid disagreement over their future. The UN says it will still leave on Jan. 15. UN Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe said yesterday he would meet both government officials and Maoist leaders during his two-day visit. Nepal is under caretaker administration and locked in a political stalemate with no party able to win the parliamentary majority to form a new government.
King scheduled for surgery
King Abdullah was to undergo surgery yesterday to stabilize vertebrae in his spinal column, the kingdom’s royal court said in a statement carried by the state news agency. The king, thought to be around 86 or 87, underwent surgery on his back in New York last month after a blood clot complicated a slipped spinal disc. The kingdom’s health minister said afterward that his health was “very reassuring.” “King Abdullah ... will undergo an operation on the afternoon of December 3 to stabilize some vertebrae in his spinal cord and complete the earlier surgery he underwent,” the court statement said. It did not say where the new surgery would take place, but there has been no official word of the king leaving the US. A frail Crown Prince Sultan, who has health problems of his own, has returned home to govern the world’s largest oil exporter while Abdullah is away for an unspecified period.