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HONG KONG: A Hong Kong husband who flew into a jealous rage after he was replaced in his wife's affections by her pet Pekinese has been jailed, a news report said yesterday. 

Ma Cheung-chit, 66, beat his wife after an argument about how she preferred to sleep with the miniature dog rather than him, the South China Morning Post reported. 

The husband, who complained he could not stand the smell, barking and dog hairs, was made to sleep on a makeshift bed in the living room. Ma, who beat his wife with a stick was jailed for three years and four months. – dpa 


HONG KONG: A couple in China have named their baby son Saddam SARS to mark the two important events taking place at the time of his birth, a news report said yesterday. 

The boy was born on March 20, the day the Iraq war broke out and at a time when alarm over the SARS outbreak was spreading across China. 

His parents, from Hubei, have named the boy Saddam Deng SARS, the South China Morning Post reported. Deng is the parent's family name. – dpa 


HONG KONG: A bag of worms caused panic in a Hong Kong restaurant when a mystery customer walked in and emptied them onto a table, police said. 

The man walked into the restaurant in the Sha Tin district on Monday and, when told the director he wanted to see was not in, emptied the bag onto one of the tables. 

Diners and staff panicked as the worms slithered out, down chairs and across the floor. Police were called but failed to trace the man. The incident is believed to be linked to a debt which the restaurant director has not repaid. – dpa 


NEW YORK: South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun on Monday likened himself to president Abraham Lincoln, one of the most revered American statesmen, to help build up his pro-US profile. 

Roh, who has been on a landmark US tour since Sunday, detailed similarities between himself and his idol Lincoln during his speech to the Korea Society. 

“I have profound respect for Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States,” said the South Korean leader on a second day of his weeklong bridge-building mission in the United States. – AFP 

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