A naked man was left red-faced after getting stuck in a washing machine during a game of hide and seek, after police had to grease him up with olive oil to get him out. The man clambered into the top-loader machine on Saturday afternoon in his apartment north of Melbourne, aiming to surprise his girlfriend when she got home. However, he became wedged, sparking a delicate rescue effort. Police, firefighters, paramedics and a local search and rescue squad used olive oil to maneuver the man out of his predicament. “They greased him up until he was free,” Sergeant Tim
Lamb waterers detained
Police are holding seven people in Guangdong Province for injecting dirty pond water into lamb meat to swell its weight and raise its price, China Central Television (CCTV) said in a three-minute report. The suspects slaughtered up to 100 sheep per day at an illegal warehouse, pumping bacteria-ridden water into the meat before it was sold at markets, food stalls and restaurants in major cities, such as Guangzhou and Foshan, the report said.
Land-grab resisters jailed
Six herders who tried to defend grazing land from expropriation by a forestry firm have been sentenced in Inner Mongolia, a lawyer and family members said yesterday, in a case that has sparked protests. Ethnic Mongols have long complained that their traditional grazing lands have been ruined by mining and desertification, and that the government has tried to force them to settle in permanent dwellings. The six Mongol herders were sentenced to prison terms ranging from one to two years.
President calls for reunions
President Park Geun-hye yesterday called for resuming reunions of families separated by war, expressing hopes that the humanitarian program would improve strained ties between the rival Koreas. The two Koreas had planned to hold family reunions in September last year for the first time in three years, but Pyongyang canceled them at the last minute. Park said she wants the reunions to take place on Lunar New Year’s Day. She added that her government plans to approve the shipment of more humanitarian assistance to the North.
Cui Jian invited to gala
State broadcaster CCTV has invited rock singer Cui Jian (崔建) — an inspiration for 1980s pro-democracy protesters — to perform at its annual new year gala, his manager said yesterday. “We have some details we are working on” ahead of Cui’s possible appearance at the annual Spring Festival Gala, which has an audience of hundreds of millions, his manager said.
Land activists arrested
Five land activists were arrested yesterday in the latest move by the authorities to suppress street protests against the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, a rights group said. The five woman were detained as they prepared to stage a rally in front of the French Eembassy to call for the release of other imprisoned human rights defenders, the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights said. The activists are from the Boeung Kak community, where thousands of families have been displaced to make way for a private development.