‘Kiss apples’ proposed
In the home of kimchi and other pungent, garlicky food, having fresh breath for life’s big moments — such as a kiss — is a major concern. However, researchers may soon have a natural, portable answer — a “Kiss Apple” tiny enough to be stashed in a pocket or purse for quick eating prior to locking lips. “We can mass produce the species with stronger functions that control food odors in as few as two years,” said Hwang Hye-sung, a researcher at the Rural Development Administration. However, potential consumers were skeptical, saying sudden chomping down on an apple might not do much for romance.
City has ‘circumcision party’
Officials say hundreds of boys in Marikina, east of Manila, have turned out for a daylong “circumcision party.” The event aims to promote safe circumcision in a region where the surgery is sometimes performed by non-doctors using crude methods. Some boys cried in their mothers’ arms, while others bit their shirts to stifle sobs as doctors carried out the free surgery yesterday on dozens of makeshift operating tables inside a sports stadium. Outside, other boys lined up to await their turn. Officials say at least 1,500 boys from 9 years old and up registered and more than 500 were circumcised before noon. Marakina Vice Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz says the city has applied for a Guinness World Record for most people at a circumcision event.
‘Batman’ seeks sidekick
A 91-year-old war veteran says he has been forced to put his new career as a modern-day Batman on hold because he is not allowed to be out fighting crime alone at night. John Bray believes he is more than qualified to deal with the evildoers in Waipawa, having served with a reconnaissance and raiding unit in north Africa in World War II. So he enlisted as a member of the local community patrol, an organization that acts as “the eyes and ears” of the police, cruising the streets at night, reporting any suspicious activity. He started out with a partner, but decided to go solo when his Robin equivalent, a man in his late 80s, kept falling asleep. Now he has been told that he must find a new sidekick.
Great Wall ruins uncovered
Archeologists have uncovered previously unknown Great Wall ruins in a mountainous area in the northeast, state media reported yesterday. The bricks and stones that once formed a section of the wall were found in mountains in Suizhong County in Liaoning Province, Xinhua said, citing a report by provincial relics and mapping authorities. The section of walls was rebuilt in the Ming Dynasty from 1368 to 1644, but substantial parts had disappeared or eroded after years of neglect, the report said. Generations of local farmers did not know the bricks and stones were part of the Great Wall and sometimes used them to build houses, local authorities said.
Lebanon indictment amended
The prosecutor for a tribunal investigating the 2005 killing of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri has amended his indictment to include “substantive new elements,” the tribunal said on Friday. The Lebanon tribunal, the world’s first international court with jurisdiction over the crime of terrorism, was set up to try those accused over the Beirut bombing that killed Hariri and 22 others. It gave no details about what was added to the indictment.