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CHINA

Plague quarantine lifted

A nine-day quarantine imposed on parts of Yumen, Gansu Province, where a man died of bubonic plague, has been lifted, Xinhua news agency reported yesterday. A total of 151 people were under observation in the city after authorities determined they had come in contact with a man who died of the plague July 16, Xinhua said. It said none of them had reported symptoms of the disease. Investigators believe the 38-year-old man contracted the bacterial infection after contact with a marmot.

CHINA

Trio lose testicles in attack

A man used a blunt razor to chop off the testicles of three residents of a nursing home in Heilongjiang Province, Xinhua reported yesterday. The suspect, who has been arrested, castrated a mentally disabled man aged 60 and removed one testicle each from two bedridden patients aged 53 and 80 on Tuesday, the agency said. Xinhua cited a member of staff as saying that the suspect, in his 30s, was mentally ill and housed at the home, but patients claimed he was an employee.

INDIA

Train, bus crash kills 20

A train slammed into a school bus in Telangana state yesterday, killing at least 19 children and the driver, police said. The bus crossed a railway track at an unmanned crossing without stopping to check if the way was clear, Indian Railways spokesman Anil Kumar Saxena said. Police said the bus was carrying 32 children, 12 of whom died on the spot. Seven more died in a nearby hospital, where others are in critical condition.

SOUTH AFRICA

Rhino poacher gets 77 years

A rhino poacher has been sentenced to 77 years in prison in one of the heaviest penalties aimed at curbing poachers who target rhinos for their horns. The national parks service on Wednesday said that it hopes Tuesday’s sentencing of Mandla Chauke, who was arrested in the Kruger National Park in 2011, will deter other poachers. The parks service says Kruger has lost 370 rhinos to poachers this year and 62 people have been arrested in some of the cases.

INDIA

Teen has 232 teeth pulled

Surgeons in Mumbai have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of a teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation, JJ Hospital said yesterday. Ashik Gavai, 17, suffered from “complex odontoma,” head of dentistry Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar said. “We operated on Monday and it took us almost seven hours. We thought it may be a simple surgery, but once we opened it there were multiple pearl-like teeth inside the jaw bone,” she said. After removing those they also found a larger “marble-like” structure which they struggled to shift and eventually had to “chisel out” and remove in fragments, she added. Dhivare-Palwankar said the literature they had come across on the condition showed a maximum of 37 teeth being removed in such a procedure, whereas she and her team had counted more than 232 taken from Gavai. “I think it could be a world record,” she said.

THAILAND

Special train cars planned

The State Railway of Thailand yesterday said it will relaunch carriages just for women and children on main routes, starting on Aug. 1, after a 13-year-old girl was raped and killed in her berth on an overnight train earlier this month. One railway employee was arrested in the rape and murder and a second was arrested as an accomplice.

ITALY

Sudanese Christian arrives

A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred from leaving Sudan flew into Rome yesterday on a government plane, officials said. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, arrived at Rome’s Ciampino Airport with her family and Italian Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Lapo Pistelli, TV pictures showed. There were no details on what led up to the 27-year-old’s departure from Khartoum, and there was no immediate comment from the Sudanese authorities. Ibrahim’s lawyer Mohaned Mostafa said he had not been told of her departure. “I don’t know anything about such news, but so far the complaint that was filed against Mariam and which prevents her from traveling from Sudan has not been canceled,” Mostafa said.

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