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CHINA

Police raid trendy gay bar

Police raided a popular gay bar on Shanghai’s Bund riverfront on Sunday, taking more than 60 people into custody for several hours, the Shanghai Daily reported yesterday. Police said “pornographic” shows were taking place when they arrived at the Q Bar in the early hours of Sunday, reported. All those detained — DJs, customers and bar staff — were released later in the day, the report said. Some were held for up to 12 hours. Steven Bao, a DJ at the Q Bar, said he believed the raid was the result of fierce competition between clubs, suggesting other venues had complained to police to create problems for the bar and its patrons.

AUSTRALIA

Cannibal gets life in jail

A self-proclaimed cannibal, who slit his roommate’s throat, partially severed his genitals and then drank his blood, was found guilty of murder yesterday and jailed for life. A Supreme Court jury convicted Robert Ian Logan, 23, of killing Ben Huntingford, 22, in their Queensland home in June 2006 and stabbing his pet dog, Butch, in a bloody attack likened by witnesses to an abattoir slaughter. Huntingford’s throat was cut from ear to ear and prosecutors told the jury his blood had been used to write obscenities on the walls. His penis was almost severed and Huntingford also had stab wounds to the heart, liver, spleen, kidney and lung, with Logan alleging he was motivated by an unwanted sexual advance from Huntingford.

MALAYSIA

Bird photo leads to charges

Five soldiers on anti--poaching duty face criminal charges after Facebook pictures appeared of them posing with a dead, endangered Great Pied Hornbill bird. Defense Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the group was part of a force protecting the Royal Belum-Temengor rainforest in the northern state of Perak, when they came across the bird which had been shot by a hunter. Department of Wildlife and National Park official Ahmad Zahid said that although the soldiers were not responsible for shooting the bird, they should have tried to save it rather than killing and posing with it.

BANGLADESH

Equality law sparks strike

Riot police patrolled the streets of Dhaka yesterday as a strike called by Islamic parties to protest a proposed law favoring female equality brought much of the country to a halt. The parties, known as the Islamic Law Implementation Committee, called the strike to protest against the government’s move to pass laws ensuring equal property and inheritance rights for women in the Muslim-majority country. Most shops, businesses and schools in Dhaka were shut and major roads in and around the capital were almost deserted.

VIETNAM

Activist sentenced to jail

The son of a revolutionary leader was jailed for seven years yesterday for anti-state propaganda activities, in one of the nation’s most politically charged cases in years. After a trial lasting about half a day, Cu Huy Ha Vu, 53, was convicted of advocating an end to one-party communist rule. “Cu Huy Ha Vu’s behavior is serious and harmful to society. His writings and interviews blackened directly or indirectly the Communist Party of Vietnam,” said Nguyen Huu Chinh, who chaired the trial. Vu is the son of Cu Huy Can, who was a member of founding president Ho Chi Minh’s provisional Cabinet from 1945, and is also a celebrated poet.

FRANCE

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