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Atomic energy cheif accused of illegal sales

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 8, 2007


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KINSHASA, CONGO

The head of Congo's atomic energy commission has been arrested on suspicion of illegally selling uranium found in the Central African mineral giant, officials said Wednesday. Fortunat Lumu, the director of the country's only nuclear center, and one of his aides were arrested Tuesday "because they were accused of having illicitly sold a quantity of uranium," Attorney General Tshimanga Mukendi said. He refused to give information on the amount of uranium or the alleged buyer, saying those details were part of an investigation.

CHONGQING, CHINA

Dogs to be culled in antirabies drive

All pet dogs will be killed in a district of the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing as part of an antirabies campaign, the government said. Residents of the city's Wanzhou district have until March 15 to hand over their dogs, according to a directive seen Wednesday on the district's official Web site. "All the dogs in the area should be killed. A compulsory cull phase will begin after March 16. The forced cull will be carried out by the police," the directive said.

MONTERREY, MEXICO

395 pounds lighter, he ventures out

A man who once weighed well over a half ton left his house for the first time in five years Wednesday - wheeled outside on his bed to greet neighbors and see a mariachi band in San Nicolas de los Garza, a Monterrey suburb. "The sky is beautiful and blue and what I want is to enjoy the sun," said Manuel Uribe, who had once been certified by doctors as weighing 1,235 pounds. Though still unable to leave his bed, Uribe has lost 395 pounds since he began a high-protein diet a year ago. He now weights about 840 pounds.

LONDON

Cast-iron nudes can stay on beach

Local authorities voted Wednesday to allow Antony Gormley's installation Another Place - made up of 100 cast-iron sculptures of naked men - to remain on a beach in northwest England. Since they were installed in 2005 on Crosby Beach, near Liverpool, the installation has been a hit with residents and visitors, who flock to the beach to be photographed with the 6-foot figures. Local authorities at Sefton Council last year refused to extend the artwork's temporary permission after complaints of danger to people from soft sand and mud and environmental hazard to birds. Some locals were offended by the nudity.

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