Man tried over music
A rare public trial has been held for a man accused of possessing South Korean music, in what one analyst described yesterday as an intensified crackdown on foreign cultural influences. Film footage broadcast this week by South Korea’s MBC TV station shows the April 28 trial in the western border city of Sinuiji. The footage, available on YouTube, shows one man on trial for possessing a movie and 75 songs from South Korea, and another accused of encouraging prostitution in the city. Crowds gathered at the scene of the open-air trial were shown chatting and carrying on with their business as the defendants stood on a stage.
Alleged chemical site probed
The country said yesterday it had launched an inspection of a site where US troops allegedly buried leftover Agent Orange. The environment ministry said it had sent a team of officials and experts to the site at Waegwan, 216km southeast of Seoul. The investigation followed a report by a US TV station that the substance was buried at Camp Carroll, a US army logistics base at Waegwan, in 1978. Investigators would check soil and underground water around the camp, the ministry said in a statement.
Last WWI veteran buried
The last known combat veteran of World War I has been laid to rest. Claude Stanley Choules died two weeks ago at age 110. During a funeral on Friday in the western city of Fremantle, his loved ones remembered him as a remarkable man. Choules’ son Adrian urged mourners not to be sad because his father had lived “a very long and very wonderful life.” Choules began training with the British Royal Navy at age 14. In 1917, he joined the battleship HMS Revenge, from which he watched the 1918 surrender of the German High Seas Fleet, the main battle fleet of the German Navy during the war. He later joined the Royal Australian Navy. Choules published his autobiography at age 108.
Minister cites hair envy
A government minister has hit out at critics of his “dead possum” haircut, chastizing bald-headed journalists for mocking his manicured mane. In a light-hearted video blog posted on YouTube this week, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne said too much attention was paid to his bouffant hairstyle. “What’s this thing about my hair? I’m getting a bit fed up with being described as having a dead possum on top, all sorts of other things like that,” he said. “Some people who think it’s untidy, it’s too grey, it’s too coiffured. The only thing that ever goes on this is a comb and a hairbrush,” he added, waving a comb at the camera. “And I think it’s really bald-headed men [behind the criticism].” He then asks an off-camera staffer “what was I supposed to be talking about?” receiving the reply “tax,” before the video ends.
US convoy hit by car bomb
A Taliban car bomb struck an armored vehicle taking US officials to the US consulate in Peshawar yesterday, officials said, in a strike the militants said was in revenge for the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Two Americans suffered minor injuries, but one Pakistani passerby was killed and at least 10 others were wounded in the attack, officials said. The strike was the first on Westerners since the May 2 raid by US commandos on bin Laden’s hideout. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the car bomb.