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CHINA

Man denied his final wish

A man who texted police to donate his body and organs to science before hanging himself was denied his final wish because he had not applied in advance. “I have decided to donate my body and all my organs to charity. When you receive my message, I will already be dead. Sorry for bothering you,” the message to police read according to Xinhua news agency. The man, surnamed Wang, was later found hanging from an air conditioning unit outside his house in Hangzhou, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, it reported. Wang, 30, suffered from muscular dystrophy, police said. A wheelchair was found by his side with a walking stick and two notes. He felt he had suffered enough, but wanted to make a final contribution to society, Xinhua said. “My last and biggest wish is to donate all my useful organs and body to charity. I hope you respect my choice,” it cited one of the notes as reading, but the local branch of the Chinese Red Cross refused to accept the donation as Wang had not applied in advance or taken the necessary checkup, Xinhua added.

AUSTRALIA

Millipedes suspects in crash

Black Portuguese millipedes were the main suspects in a rear-end collision between two trains on Tuesday after hundreds of the tiny creatures were found squashed in a slippery mess on the track. “Millipedes are one of the factors we are going to take into account,” said David Hynes, spokesman at the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia. Six passengers were treated for stiff necks after a train pulling into a station at Clarkson, 40km north of Perth, ran into a stationary one, the train company said. “What happened in previous instances is trains which were traveling at speed have gone over an infestation, crushed them and made the tracks slimy. The train loses traction and the train has slipped,” Hynes said.

AFGHANISTAN

Fishermen kill six children

Security forces have arrested eight policemen for accidentally killing six children when firing a rocket into a river to catch fish, officials said yesterday. The incident took place on Friday in the Doshi district of the northern province of Baghlan when policemen on the bank of a river fired a rocket-propelled grenade into the water. “The rocket went astray and hit a place where children were playing, killing six and wounding two others,” the interior ministry said in a statement. “Eight police personnel accused of misusing government weapons that killed these children have been arrested and handed over to military prosecutors for investigation,” it said. Using explosives to kill and catch fish is not uncommon in Afghanistan. In some parts of the country people even use electrical generators and bare wire to catch fish, posing an extreme danger to swimmers.

UNITED KINGDOM

Police hunt grave robbers

Police are hunting criminals who apparently tried to dig their way into a couple’s grave to steal jewelry that had been buried with them. The diggers spent a night excavating a hole a meter long and a meter deep next to the plot where Henry and Betty Brazil were laid to rest. They tried to disguise their work by placing two boxes upside down in the hole and covering them with soil, presumably planning to return to finish the job, but relatives of the Brazils spotted the apparent attempted grave robbing at the cemetery in Gloucester and police were called. Relatives are now standing guard at the grave to deter the offenders from returning.

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