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Man killed in gaming row

A man has been stabbed to death in Manila following a row between two groups of men playing the popular video game Counter-Strike, police said on Wednesday. The quarrel between the men playing the game — in which gamers play either terrorists or counterterrorism officers trying to kill their opponents — erupted in an Internet cafe, police investigator Noel Ibanez said. The teams had bet 300 pesos (US$7.15) on the outcome of their competition on Monday, but when one side won, an argument broke out over the payment, Ibanez said. A member of the winning team, still angry over the dispute, later followed losing player Eric Cristobal to his home and stabbed him to death, he added. “He [Cristobal] did not start the quarrel. He just got caught up in it, but they all had long been betting on Counter-Strike,” Ibanez said.


Court orders pages blocked

A lawyer said the High Court had ordered that five Facebook pages and a Web site be blocked because their cartoons and other content are blasphemous and mock the Koran. The lawyer said a panel of two judges found the Facebook pages and the Web site had lots of disparagement not only to the Prophet Mohammed, but also Jesus Christ, Buddha and Hindu gods. Muhammad Nawshad Zamir was the barrister who petitioned the court. He said the court also asked authorities to investigate the content and find the people behind it. He refused to name the Bengali-language Web site or disclose further details.


Airport to be renamed

The government agreed on Wednesday to rename the country’s main airport in Prague in honor of late former president Vaclav Havel, Czech media reported. Havel, a former anti-communist dissident and playwright, was jailed by the country’s totalitarian rulers before the 1989 bloodless “Velvet Revolution” catapulted him to the presidency. Havel is acclaimed for his peaceful resistance to the oppressive government in the 1970s and 1980s that inspired human rights campaigners around the world and won him respect from leaders around the world. One of Havel’s close aides has protested the plan, saying the former president actually never liked flying, but the idea that Havel should be remembered by a landmark like the country’s main entry port, which served 11.8 million people last year, won widespread support across the political scene as well as from the country’s intellectual elite. Havel died on Dec. 22 last year, aged 75.


Poets join protests

It is not often that demonstrators quote from the works of Nobel laureates, but in Athens on Wednesday Greek poets joined anti-austerity protests holding outdoor recitals at cultural sites in the city as they made their way to parliament. Several hundred people attended the rally, along with dancers on stilts and a Latin music percussion band, to mark World Poetry Day. Teenagers handed out their own poems to the public — as irritated drivers stuck in midday traffic looked on in amazement and striking hospital doctors in medical uniforms passed by in a separate protest. “For me, this is the epitome of a protest, people making their point in a civilized way,” said Manolis Polentas, a poet and radio show host. “It’s because the crisis affects everybody — poets included. Poets are usually inspired by personal misery, but that’s why they fight for a fair and more colorful world.”

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