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TURKEY

Channel fined for condom bit

The Radio and Television Supreme Council has fined a private channel over a show where the characters discussed the merits of strawberry-flavored condoms, the Hurriyet daily reported over the weekend. The increasingly stringent watchdog fined the TV 2 channel 12,353 Turkish lira (US$5,320) for broadcasting a segment from French-produced sketch show Vous Les Femmes, which in Turkish is broadcast as Ah Biz Kadinlar. “There was a discussion on the topic of strawberry condoms. There should have been warning, given this was during the period when children are watching,” it said in a ruling quoted by Hurriyet’s Web site. The council has been accused of imposing moral censorship in recent months for a number of stern rulings.

CHINA

Xinjiang ‘mobsters’ killed

A group of “mobsters” tried to set off an explosive device in a business district in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, prompting police to shoot six of them dead, the local government said yesterday. Police in Shule County acted on a tip-off about “a suspicious person carrying an explosive device,” the Xinjiang Government said on its official news site. An axe-wielding individual tried to attack police officers and set off an explosive device, prompting the officers to shoot him, it said. The report added that police trying to dispose of an explosive device were attacked by five “thugs” who sought to detonate it, but did not make clear if this was a separate incident. Aside from the suspects there were no other casualties, the report said, but gave no details of the assailants. The incident comes two months after 15 people were killed when a group threw explosives into a crowded street of vendors.

TANZANIA

FGM targets return home

Hundreds of schoolgirls yesterday returned home after spending three months hiding in safe houses to escape genital mutilation (FGM), state TV said. FGM can range from hacking off the clitoris, to the removal of the entire genitalia. About 800 school girls fled to shelters run by charities and church organizations, which offer protection during the months FGM is traditionally carried out: from October to December. Some of the shelters are given police protection to ensure the girls remain safe. Minister of Labor and Employment Gaudensia Kabaka called on traditional leaders to use their influence to stop “this retrograde practice.” At a center run by a Protestant church, one of the girls said: “My mother supported me, she did not want me to be cut, but my father began to beat me so I decided to come here.” FGM was outlawed in 1998 and carries a punishment of up to 15 years in prison, but is still carried out regularly.

CHINA

Japanese minister draws fire

The Ministry of Defense yesterday criticized Japanese Minister of Defense Gen Nakatani for the first time, saying it is “firmly opposed” to his comments that Beijing has repeatedly engaged in “dangerous actions” in the East China Sea. Nakatani last week accused the nation of violating Japan’s territorial waters, saying Beijing had locked fire-control radar on Japanese ships, set up an air defense identification zone and “flown its fighter jets abnormally close” to Japanese aircraft. The ministry hit back on its Web site, saying its military activities in the sea and air were “completely legitimate.” “The leader of Japan’s defense department ignores the facts and keeps on rehashing the same tune, playing up the ‘China military threat,’” it said.

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