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England stars come under fire

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, European governing body UEFA, a swathe of the English media and dozens of callers to radio and TV phone-ins condemned England's players for threatening to boycott the decisive Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey today.

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41 Asians and Africans held in blitz ahead of summit

Thailand's tourist police said yesterday that they had rounded up 41 Asian and African nationals carrying improper travel documents in a clampdown on transnational crime ahead of this month's Apec summit.


iBot aid

AN INGENIOUS wheelchair that balances itself and even climbs stairs went on display a couple of weeks ago, for the first time, in Britain. The Independence iBot 3000, manufactured in the United States, awed audiences at the Independent Living exhibition at London#8217;s Wembley Conference Centre recently.


Government told to stop sale of junk food on school buses

THE Government has been urged to stop school bus drivers from selling junk food on board their vehicles, reported I>Malaysia Nanban/I>.

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Bangkok bundles off beggars

Thailand began yesterday flying home 621 illegal Cambodian migrants who were rounded up during the past week in a drive to clear beggars from here before it hosts a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders, officials said.---------------------------------------------


Strange ideas for Bangkok clean-up

The image-conscious Thaksin administration has ordered hastily implemented facelifts to show Bangkok in the best possible light when leaders of 21 member countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum converge on the capital city for a summit next month.

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Thailand acts to check gun smuggling

A Thai air force officer and four policemen have been taken into custody in connection with the sale of guns to Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, a police officer said yesterday.---------------------------------------------

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Vietnam deports more than 200 Cambodian beggars

More than 200 Cambodian beggars were deported from southern Vietnam as part of a campaign to clean up the streets, a government official said Monday.

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New aid system aims to help vagrants and beggars

AChina Perspective: New regulation on aid for vagrants and beggars in urban areas took effect yesterday and is expected to help improve the country's social security system.


It's tough making it in the city

After spending 10 years at sea on board an oil tanker, GOH CHUNG HUN finds himself having to adjust to life on terra firma.