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Cars run over baby that was left on streetBEIJING, China
A newborn baby left in the middle of a busy street in southeast China was run over by a number of cars before being discovered by shocked residents, state media said yesterday.
The baby was wrapped in a red plastic bag and abandoned before dawn Friday near a marketplace in Fuzhou city in Fujian province, the Beijing News reported.
Workers at the market noticed the plastic bag as it was repeatedly squashed by passing vehicles but assumed it contained garbage, it said.
After about an hour, when the bag tore open and a tiny arm fell out, they realized the bag contained a baby, the paper said.
Authorities assumed the baby, whose sex was not given, had been left by its parents and police were taking DNA samples in the hope of tracing them, it said.
Typhoon evacuation
BEIJING, China
Authorities evacuated thousands of residents along east China's coast and recalled ships to harbors as the region braced for the arrival of Typhoon Ewiniar, the Xinhua News Agency said yesterday.
Some 7,600 people have been moved to schools or temporary shelters in the city of Ningbo in Zhejiang province, Xinhua said.
Evacuations were also under way in the coastal cities of Taizhou, Zhoushan and Wenzhou, Xinhua said without giving any figures.
The typhoon was expected to churn northwestward into the East China Sea and reach the Yellow Sea by today afternoon.
Crocodile's victim
CANBERRA, Australia
An eight-year-old girl is feared dead after she was snatched from a riverbank by a saltwater crocodile in Australia's tropical north, a police spokeswoman said yesterday.
The girl had been fishing with her family from a small Aboriginal community when she was attacked on the Blythe River at 8.30 p.m. local time Saturday, Northern Territory Police spokeswoman Sandra Mitchell said.
Family members witnessed the attack. Her body has not yet been recovered, Mitchell said.
Smugglers dead
HONG KONG
The bodies of three African men were discovered aboard a Liberian-registered freighter moored in Hong Kong waters, police and a news report said yesterday.
Ship officials first found one of the bodies outside a container and contacted Hong Kong police, who discovered another two bodies inside one of the containers on the ship in Hong Kong waters Friday, spokesman Edwin Hung said.
A police spokesman said the trio were suspected of trying to smuggle themselves out of Africa, a regular port of call for the vessel.
The spokesman said the three men, who have not been identified, had been dead for two to three weeks. The exact cause of the deaths was not immediately known.
Bar operation hours
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
The Malaysian government has decided not to extend opening times in bars and nightclubs until 5:00 a.m. because of fears over drug use, a report said yesterday.
Clubs and bars would only be allowed to operate until 2:00 a.m., Deputy internal security minister Johari Baharom said.
Malaysia's tourism minister, Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, had recently proposed that night clubs be allowed to extend their operating hours to 5:00 a.m. to make nightlife more attractive to tourists.