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BEIJING: Outrage is growing over a factory processing dead bodies in northeast China for a German company that puts them on display in major European cities, state media said yesterday.  

The plant, near Dalian city, is used by Body Worlds which was founded by Guenther von Hagens, the German anatomist who has created a stir with his exhibitions of flayed human corpses in a variety of poses, the Beijing Morning Post reported. 

The plant imports over 100 corpses from abroad every year, and reprocesses them into about 40 plastinated works of art. – AFP 

BEIJING: Thousands of houses collapsed or were damaged when the fourth earthquake in five months hit Yunnan, an official said yesterday.  

The tremor, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, jolted Ludian county late Wednesday, injuring four, according to a county official. – AFP  

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HONG KONG: An Australian hunter who once boasted he would just “walk in and grab” a stray crocodile here walked away empty-handed yesterday after giving up the chase. 

John Lever failed for four straight nights to even spot the wily 1.2m crocodile, so he called it quits. 

The croc farmer said he expected the Australian media to give him a major ribbing when he flies home over the weekend, but he said he's thick-skinned enough to take it. 

The beast was first sighted here on Nov 2. – AP 


JAKARTA: Indonesia's human rights minister has complained that his own rights are being infringed because of his low salary, a report said yesterday.  

Justice and Human Rights Minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra, quoted by the Jakarta Post, said his basic monthly salary of 19 million rupiah (RM8,480) did not reflect his workload. 

“I feel like I am being exploited. I am not happy,” he told reporters. – AFP 


TOKYO: A Japanese man who dressed as a woman to repeatedly sneak into female baths, and then managed to hide his gender once inside, has been arrested, police said yesterday.  

Eichi Yamamoto, 33, was detained at a public bathhouse after female bathers were tipped off by his masculine walk and the strategically placed hand towel to cover the front half of his body. – AP 

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