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In brief

Pitt to adopt

Jolie\'s children

LOS ANGELES, California

Brad Pitt is seeking to become the adoptive father of Angelina Jolie\'s children, the actor\'s publicist announced.

A legal petition seeking to change the names of the children to Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Jolie-Pitt was filed Friday in Los Angeles, publicist Cindy Guagenti said in a written statement to The Associated Press.

\"We are confirming that Brad Pitt is in the process of becoming the adoptive father of both children,\" the statement said. \"No further comment is being made.\"

Rumors of an off-screen relationship between the stars of \"Mr. & Mrs. Smith\" have been circulating for a year. Pitt accompanied Jolie to Ethiopia in July to pick up Zahara, now about 10 months old.

Porn for six-year-olds

STOCKHOLM, Sweden

A Swedish drama student was fined 2,400 crowns on Wednesday for reading pornographic stories to a group of six-year-olds as part of a theater project on children\'s sexuality.

A Stockholm court ruled that the stories the man had read out were deeply pornographic and completely inappropriate for the age group, newspaper Dagens Nyheter said on its Web site.

It said the stories were about children having oral sex with each other.

The man\'s lawyer told Swedish radio that he would appeal against the verdict as he had not meant the stories to be seen as pornographic and had not acted with intent.

The Mosquito is coming

LONDON, England

A Welsh inventor claims to have found the perfect solution to rowdy youngsters - noise.

Howard Stapleton says his device, the \"Mosquito,\" emits an uncomfortable high-pitched ultrasonic sound that can be heard by children and teenagers but almost no one over 30.

It has successfully driven away noisy teens from a grocery store in the Welsh town of Barry and a shop in Stapleton\'s home town Merthyr Tydfil, making smoking, lounging and foul-mouthed youths a thing of the past. The ability to hear high frequencies deteriorates with age, but some adults might still be able to hear the Mosquito. But no one except young troublemakers appears annoyed.

\"All I\'m getting is pats on the back,\" Stapleton told Reuters. \"No bricks thrown at me yet.\"

Bar hosts 81st burglary

BERLIN, Germany

Brigitte Hoffmann wishes that her bar was not such a hit with some Berliners - on Wednesday burglars robbed it for the 81st time in 12 years.

\"Why does it always have to be me?\" she asked on Thursday. She said some seven televisions, 15 stereos, three telephones and countless bottles of schnapps had been stolen from the \"Tages-Bar\" in the eastern district of Treptow.

\"In January, robbers even rang up a sex hotline,\" the 61-year-old Hoffmann told Reuters by telephone. \"I am not going to be intimidated, no, I\'m going to fight,\" she said.

Hoffmann\'s regular clients have taken to guarding the bar themselves.

Very, very frequent flyer

VANCOUVER, British Columbia

After two months of zig-zagging across Canada by plane, frequent flyer Marc Tacchi has reached his goal of accumulating one million miles of credits - and become something of an Internet celebrity in the process.

On his blog \"The Great Canadian Mileage Run 2005,\" Tacchi reported on Wednesday that he had racked up 1,003,625 mileage points and spent 56 of the last 61 days in an airplane.

\"I myself need to get to bed in a prone position for some serious rest,\" he wrote. The 30-year-old embarked on his venture using Air Canada\'s North America Unlimited Pass - a 7,000 Canadian dollars ticket that allowed passengers limitless travel within the continent between October 1 and November 30.

Sleepless in Pyongyang

SEOUL, South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il\'s relentless push to advance the communist movement in his state has turned him into a bit of an insomniac, according to the North\'s state media.

Kim is rarely seen in public except for sporadic trips to unidentified military bases and industrial plants. The strain of keeping an eye on all parts of the country means many sleepless nights for the North\'s \"Dear Leader,\" official Rodong Sinmun reported.

\"I spend days and months on field guidance, so I\'ve never slept comfortably for one night,\" Kim was quoted as saying in the newspaper carried by the KCNA news agency\'s Web site.


Updated : 2021-03-05 18:55 GMT+08:00