Japan set to cull 770,000 birds
Japan will cull another 770,000 birds after the avian flu virus was detected at a farm in northern Japan, authorities said yesterday.
A virus of the H5 strain was detected among chickens at Moriya farm in Ibaraki prefecture (state), about 100 kilometers north of Tokyo, authorities said.
Hundreds of thousands of birds have already been destroyed at dozens of other Ibaraki farms over the past few months following outbreaks of the H5N2 virus, which is less deadly than the H5N1 strain that has killed at least 79 people in Asia and Turkey since 2003.
SEOUL, South Korea
South Korean doctors mistakenly removed part of the stomach of a patient due to have thyroid surgery, while removing the thyroid gland of another scheduled for stomach surgery, a hospital official said yesterday.
The surgical mix-up took place at Konyang University Hospital in the city of Taejon, about 150 kilometers south of Seoul and involved two women in their sixties who were both in for surgery the same day, hospital spokesman Kim Man-sik said.
Doctors later performed the correct surgical procedures on both women and re-attached the part of the stomach they had removed from the patient with the thyroid problem, Kim said.
Dead man walking
NEW DELHI, India
An Indian man believed dead by his family and fellow villagers caused panic when he returned over fears he had come back as a ghost, the Times of India reported yesterday.
Children screamed "Ghost! Ghost!" and villagers locked their doors when Raju Raghuvanshi returned from jail earlier this month to his village in Mandla district in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.
The village council has demanded he prove he is not a ghost, but the paper did not say what kind of proof the elders wanted.
Raghuvanshi's troubles arose after he was jailed last year. In prison, he was admitted to hospital with a stomach ailment from which he recovered but a distant relative told his family he had died.
Not totally Chinese
Hong Kong's youngsters identify themselves more as Hong Kongers than Chinese nationals, nearly nine years after the former British colony was reunified with China, according to a report yesterday.
An annual poll of students in the southern Chinese city found that the number of youngsters who considered themselves Hong Kongers stood at around 90 percent, whereas only 75 percent considered themselves Chinese.
The figures were largely unchanged from last year's survey.
Meanwhile, of the 2,777 school-aged youngsters questioned in October, 59.7 percent said they "loved China," down slightly from 62.1 percent in 2004 and lower than the 84 percent who have said they "love Hong Kong" since the exercise was launched in 2002, the South China Morning Post reported.
The survey, by the Hok Yau youth club, also found that when asked to rate their love of China on a scale of one to six, the youngsters' average score was just 3.9.