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VIETNAM

Reporter dies from attack

A newspaper reporter has died after an intruder broke into his home, doused him with chemicals and set him on fire while he was sleeping. The Laborer newspaper said 50-year-old Le Hoang Hung died on Saturday at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City after 10 days of treatment for burns covering 20 percent of his body. His colleague Nguyen Thi Ngoc Mai said Hung covered the southern Mekong Delta for the newspaper for nearly 10 years. She said the attack could have been in revenge for his reporting.

AUSTRALIA

Category 2 cyclone threatens

A cyclone is racing toward the flood-ravaged northeast, rattling nerves throughout a region that has already suffered billions of dollars worth of damage from a months-long crisis. Cyclone Anthony intensified to a Category 2 storm yesterday with winds of 130kph. It was expected to cross the Queensland coast early this morning. The Bureau of Meteorology told residents in coastal communities to brace for destructive winds and more flooding. Prime Minister Julia Gillard called the storm a “big, cruel blow” to residents who have already dealt with months of flooding. Heavy rains that began in November last year caused massive flooding nationwide, killing 35 people and damaging or destroying 30,000 homes and businesses.

GREECE

Police trace carbon theft

The theft of pollution permits that forced the closure of the spot market in EU emissions permits last week may have originated in Romania, a police official said on Saturday. Police identified between eight and 10 Internet protocol addresses that hackers used to attack Greece’s national registry for carbon trading rights, said the official, who declined to be named. “We have located the addresses in Romania, Interpol has been notified,” the official said. The spot market for EU emissions permits was closed after allowances worth up to 30 million euros (US$41.12 million) were stolen from the national registries of several European countries. National registries are the place where so-called EU allowances are electronically assigned to trading companies and polluters in the EU emissions trading scheme, the bloc’s chief weapon against climate change. The theft, possibly a concerted hacker attack, was the latest in a string of scandals and added to factors discouraging other countries from adopting similar cap-and-trade systems.

UNITED KINGDOM

‘Regal prophylactics’ on sale

While the nation has a public holiday to celebrate Prince William’s wedding, one company is taking the party one step further with souvenir condoms that urge lovers to “lie back and think of England.” Crown Jewels Condoms of Distinction is producing special celebration packs that bear the slogan: “Like a royal wedding, intercourse with a loved one is an unforgettable occasion.” Critics have dismissed the novelty condoms as “tasteless.” Hugh Pomfret, a spokesman for the company, insisted they were “a unique way to remember this great British occasion ... In years to come, they will be a timeless memento of a magical wedding day.” Presented in regal-looking purple and gold, each pack bears a picture of William and fiancee Kate Middleton gazing into each other’s eyes, and adds it contains a “triumvirate of regal prophylactics,” which are “lavishly lubed” and “regally ribbed.” “England boasts some of the finest lovemaking in the world, with a tradition of coitus going back generations,” lovers are told.

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