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MALAYSIA

‘Spa’ clients take a licking

Dodgy “spas” are dispensing with massage oil in favor of cream cheese in a kinky new offering in the erotic massage industry, a report said. Sunday’s edition of Malay-language tabloid the Harian Metro said its reporters discovered that some spas near Kuala Lumpur were offering customers the option of being smeared with cream cheese. The cheese is then licked from the customer’s body by their scantily-clad “masseuse,” likely a sex worker from China, Indonesia or Vietnam, the paper said. In a follow-up report yesterday, Harian Metro quoted an official in Kuala Lumpur suburb Subang Jaya as saying massage parlors would face stern action if found to be offering “irresponsible activities.” “This activity is a serious disease in today’s society,” Subang Jaya Town Council official Azfarizal Abdul Rashid said.

CHINA

School demolished for resort

A rural elementary school built using charity money has been torn down to make way for a sprawling, US$1.6 billion “international resort,” local media reported yetserday, provoking outrage online. The school, which mainly served children from farming families in Yanling County, Hunan Province, was torn down less than two years after it was built, the Beijing Youth Daily reported. The 900,000 yuan (US$150,000) cost of construction had been funded by Project Hope, a charity group that promotes educational projects in poverty-stricken parts of the country. It had 28 students who are now studying in prefabricated buildings within sight of the rubble of their former classrooms, the newspaper said. The Daily quoted county officials as saying the site will soon be home to the Shennong Valley International Cultural Tourism Resort, a project with an estimated price tag of 10 billion yuan. According to previous state media reports, the “high-end cultural tourism” project includes health and fitness facilities, a museum and an “original ecological hotel.”

AUSTRALIA

Sites hacked over spying

Activist group Anonymous Indonesia yesterday claimed it had defaced more than 170 local Web sites to protest reports that Canberra’s overseas diplomatic posts were involved in a vast US-led surveillance network that targeted Jakarta in 2007. “Hundreds of Australian Websites Attacked for #OpAustralia By Indonesian Hackers,” it posted on Twitter, listing the sites, which appeared to belong mostly to small businesses. Calling up the pages was met with the message: “Stop Spying on Indonesia” underneath an Indonesian flag imprinted with a black graphic of the face of Guy Fawkes, whose image is used as a mask by Anonymous internationally. The sites were seemingly selected at random, covering businesses from catering to dry cleaning.

EGYPT

Court adjourns Morsi trial

A court yesterday adjourned to Jan. 8 the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi over his alleged involvement in the death of protesters during his year in power. Morsi, in his first public appearance since the army deposed him in July, rejected the proceedings and told the court: “I am Dr Mohamed Morsi, the president of the republic... This court is illegal,” a foreign correspondent attending the trial reported. He slammed his overthrow and called on military leaders to face trial. “This was a military coup. The leaders of the coup should be tried. A coup is treason and a crime,” he said. Morsi and 14 others are charged with inciting the deaths of protesters in December last year. They face execution or life sentences.

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