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INDIA

BA misplaces Khan’s sarod

Legendary musician Amjad Ali Khan said on Monday that British Airways (BA) had misplaced his beloved sarod, a stringed instrument he has played for 45 years. The 68-year-old maestro realized the instrument was missing when he flew to New Delhi with the airline on Saturday. “After damaging my Sarod in 1997, British Airways now misplaces my Sarod. 48 hours and I still wait anxiously for some news. Still not traced,” Khan tweeted. The classical musician, who was awarded India’s second-highest civilian honor in 2001, had gone to London with his wife to perform at a function on June 21. Recalling his ordeal, Khan said he waited for nearly five hours at the airport as the airline tried to trace his “priceless” instrument, but in vain. “Being an artist, I communicate through my sarod, which was with me for the last 45 years... How can such a big airline be so irresponsible?” Khan told the Press Trust of India. A BA spokesman blamed “intermittent problems” with the baggage system at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 for the problem.

PHILIPPINES

Aquino defends artist snub

President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday defended a controversial decision he made to withhold a top award from one of the nation’s most accomplished film stars because of a drug conviction. Last month’s snub against award-winning actress Nora Aunor sparked a nationwide furor, with millions of fans insisting no one deserved a “national artist” prize more than the 61-year-old fondly nicknamed the “Superstar.” “Ms Nora Aunor has been convicted for drugs and was punished for it... By making her a national artist are we putting out the right message?” Aquino told a press conference aired on national television. “I respect her and I recognize her body of work, but our message of zero tolerance against drugs takes priority.” The Order of National Artist award, issued by presidential proclamation, recognizes a person’s significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts and letters. Reacting to the snub, Aunor said on Sunday she was hurt by Aquino’s action, but overwhelmed by the support of the public. “The Filipino masses... have conferred the highest honor on me, by declaring me the people’s national artist in their hearts,” she said.

GUAM

Killer was depressed: mom

The mother of a man accused of killing three people in a busy tourist area says her son descended into depression after his grandfather died and his girlfriend moved off the island. Rae DeSoto testified on Monday that her son, Chad DeSoto, began questioning life and death while mourning his grandfather. She says the death led to irrational fears, loss of appetite and insomnia. Chad DeSoto has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness to killing three Japanese tourists and hurting several others by plowing a car onto a busy sidewalk in a resort area, then stabbing bystanders.

SPAIN

Oceans full of plastic debris

As much as 88 percent of the ocean’s surface contains plastic debris, raising concern about the effect on marine life and the food chain, scientists said on Monday. Mass-produced plastics from toys, bags, food containers and utensils make their way into the oceans through storm water runoff, a problem that is only expected to get worse in the coming decades. The findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences are based on more than 3,000 ocean samples collected around the world by a Spanish science expedition in 2010.

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