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U.S. APPROVES NEW ZEALAND BEE EXPORTS
(New Zealand) - Trade negotiators have gained approval for New Zealand bee exports to United States, resolving a 26-year old trade dispute. Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton has welcomed public notification in the U.S. Federal Register that New Zealand honey bees and honey bee semen may now be exported to the United States. "The decision by the United States to allow New Zealand access for both honey bees and honey bee semen is good news. It allows our exporters access into a niche market," Sutton said.

MAN SURVIVES JUMP INTO LION'S DEN
(China) - A man was attacked and injured after jumping into a lion's den at the Taipei Zoo and trying to convert the lions to Christianity. The 46-year-old man leaped into the den of African lions and shouted "Jesus will save you," according to the report. He also said, "Come bite me" before one of the male lions attacked and bit the man. Video showed the lion ripping a jacket off the man at the zoo in Taiwan's capital, clawing him and then biting the man in the leg. Zoo workers were able to drive off the lion with water hoses and tranquilizer guns. The lions were fed earlier in the day otherwise the man might have been more seriously injured or killed.

MAN BLAMES PICKLES FOR SLAMMING INTO NIGHTCLUB
(Texas) - A downtown nightclub has some expensive repairs to make after an employee had a little run-in with a pickle. The man rammed his car into a storage area at the Visions nightclub just after midnight. He says he left the club to grab a burger and even though he asked for no pickles, he got them on his burger. He says the pickles gave him an allergic reaction. He tells police he passed out at the wheel and that's when the car hit the building. A few water pipes were broken, but other than that, damage was minimal and nobody was hurt.

BRAZILIAN SEEKS BAN ON HUMAN PET NAMES
(Brazil, AP) - A Brazilian legislator wants to make it illegal to give pets names that are common among people. Federal congressman Reinaldo Santos e Silva proposed the law after psychologists suggested that some children may get depressed when they learn they share their first name with someone's pet, said Damarias Alves, a spokeswoman for Silva. "Names have importance," said Alves. The congressman "wants to challenge people's assumptions that it's acceptable to give animals human names," she said. If the law is passed, pet stores and veterinary clinics would be required to display a sign noting the prohibition of human first names for pets. Brazilians who break the law would be subject to fines or community service.

LOVELORN JAPANESE GANGSTER OFFERS SEVERED PINKIE
(Japan, AFP) - An unemployed ex-gangster in Japan in love with a 15-year-old girl has chopped off his little finger and mailed it to her father twice in an unsuccessful bid to prove his commitment, police have said. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa was arrested after the teenager's father told police the finger had been sent to him again, after marking it "Return to Sender" the first time. When he first sent the finger, Yoshikawa allegedly enclosed a note, "Please let us go out in exchange for this finger. I will send it again and again until you accept my request." The father opposed the relationship and was unpersuaded by the finger.

MORE THAN THIRD OF TURKISH WOMEN JUSTIFY BEATINGS BY HUSBAND
(Turkey, AFP) - More than a third of Turkish women believe they deserve being beaten if they argue with their husbands, deny them sex or burn the meal, according to a survey carried by Anatolia news agency. The survey found that 39 percent of women in Turkey believe their husbands are right to beat them for at least one of the following reasons: burning the meal, disputing the opinion of their husbands, spending money unnecessarily, neglecting the children or refusing to have sex. In rural areas, 57 percent of women said their spouses had a right to batter them in at least one of the above circumstances. Arguing with the husband topped the list of justified reasons for domestic violence, followed by too much spending and the negligence of children. The poll was conducted among 8,075 married women and was funded by the European Union and the Turkish government.

LOVEMAKING COUPLE SPARKS POLICE EMERGENCY
(London, Reuters) - British police sprang into operation after receiving an emergency phone call from a woman in apparently in some distress, only to discover it had accidentally been made by a couple having sex. Officers at Durham in northern England became alarmed when the call came through to their headquarters in the middle of the night and all they could hear was what sounded like a woman crying with a man's voice in the background. Police traced the number and rushed to the scene, where they found the embarrassed and disheveled couple who explained they were "messing around." "It happened while they were having sex. The woman had depressed with her foot the emergency speed-dial button on the phone, which happened to be on the floor," a Durham police spokesman said. "It certainly put a smile on the faces on the police side. We were just very relieved it wasn't a violent situation and that the couple were clearly getting on very well together."

MAN BURNS HIS CAR TO SPITE PARKING ATTENDANT
(Iran) - An incensed Iranian motorist doused his car in gasoline and set it ablaze with a match after picking up a parking ticket, media reported. A news agency posted photographs of the charred shell of the car and quoted witnesses describing the driver's frantic but fruitless pleas to the parking attendant not to issue a ticket. "Extremely angry, he took a can of gas out of the trunk and set fire to his car," the news agency quoted a witness saying. Fines have increased heavily since March in an attempt to bring Iran's reckless drivers into line. Road rage is common on the gridlocked streets of Tehran.

LOVERS' PASSIONATE PITSTOP SENDS CAR OFF CLIFF IN ARGENTINA
(Argentina, AFP) - A couple who parked for a bit of passion on wheels got the surprise of their lives after their raucous rocking sent their car over a cliff in the western part of Argentina. There were no serious injuries, police said, but almost certainly some bruised egos as the 35-year-old man and 31-year-old woman plunged more than 300 yards into a ravine in Lujan de Cuyo, in the winemaking province of Mendoza. Oddly enough, authorities said the couple did not notice when the car took off without a driver. The man was able to walk out of the vehicle but firemen had to pry his out his stunned companion.

LAUGHING BANK CLERK HUMILIATES ROBBER
(Croatia, Reuters) - A Croatian armed robber abandoned a bank hold-up after the cashier laughed at his order to "stick 'em up," a state news agency reported. The masked robber entered a bank at Zagreb's main square in plain daylight and threatened the clerk with his gun. "Knowing she was behind bulletproof glass, the clerk laughed heartily and phoned her boss to say she was being robbed and asked him to call the police," a Zagreb police spokeswoman said. The humiliated robber turned and took to his heels, she added.

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN FATAL STABBING OVER TORTILLAS
An illegal immigrant was arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a 49-year-old San Antonio man. Solomon Rodriguez, 32, is being held in the Bexar County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. According to an affidavit, Rodriguez, believed to be from Honduras, stabbed Roy Hernandez multiple times while he was taking a shower inside his home. Hernandez managed to crawl to a neighbor's home for help. The affidavit said the two men had fought earlier in the week over breakfast and two tortillas.

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