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Prison chief ambushed

Police said the regional prison service chief in the restive province of Dagestan in the North Caucasus has been wounded by militants. Police spokesman Vyacheslav Gasanov said yesterday that unidentified assailants late on Thursday ambushed a vehicle carrying Muslim Dakhayev in the provincial capital, Makhachkala. Last month, Dakhayev’s deputy was killed in a similar ambush along with his daughter, nephew and a driver.


NATO reports another death

NATO forces say an international service member has been killed in an insurgent attack in the south. The military coalition did not provide further details in yesterday’s statement on the attack, which happened on Thursday. NATO typically waits for national authorities to release specifics about their casualties. It was the ninth international military death since the beginning of this month. So far this year, at least 462 international troops have been killed in the country.


Union turns on army

A union of cellphone sellers and repairers is accusing a soldier of killing their leader, a rare public protest against the military. Protesters marched to an army barracks on Thursday to demand justice for the death of the cellphone market chairman known as Umar Quality. Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Mohammed said the army was investigating and that, if found guilty, the suspect would be disciplined. The military’s presence has been pervasive in the northeastern city of Maiduguri since June, when a special taskforce was deployed to fight a radical Muslim sect responsible for a rash of killings. However, residents have complained about abuses, at one time asking for the force’s complete withdrawal.


Seniors snub sex workshop

An event organized to school a city’s seniors in the arts of safe sex has been canceled because of a lack of interest. The “Generation Sex” workshop was part of an annual over-60s festival in the city of Portsmouth and billed as a “frank, fun and factual” way for seniors to talk about sex in later life. “The background was the risk of sexually transmitted diseases in older people and the need to practice safer sex,” said Drusilla Moody, Portsmouth Council’s tourism and visitor services manager. Entry would have been free, but those taking part would have had to supply proof of age and residency in Portsmouth. However, the workshop was canceled “because too few people booked places,” Moody said.


Teacher sets self on fire

A high-school math teacher in Beziers doused herself with a flammable material and set herself alight in the schoolyard during recess on Thursday, Minister of Education Luc Chatel said. The motives behind the incident were not immediately clear. The teacher, whose name has not been released, was flown via helicopter to nearby Montpellier and hospitalized with serious burns. “I saw a person who was running and on fire. It was a human torch,” said Dolores Roques, a fellow teacher at the school, on France-Info radio. “I didn’t believe my eyes. It seemed unreal. The students were screaming everywhere.” Chatel visited the hospital and said a psychological support unit would be set up in the school.


No ban on Bundchen’s ad

The National Advertising Council on Thursday denied a request to ban a TV ad featuring lingerie-clad supermodel Gisele Bundchen after a government agency called it sexist. “The stereotypes in this ad campaign are common in society, easily identifiable and do not denigrate women,” the council said. The Ministry for Women submitted a request last month to suspend the ad, saying it reinforces the stereotype of women as sex objects. In the commercial, Brazilian-born Bundchen is clad in panties, a bra and high heels, in an effort to distract her husband when she delivers bad news — about damaging the car, exceeding her credit limit and her mother coming to live with them. Some men had called for the ad to be put down because it took them for “idiots.”

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