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Australian Prime Minister Dodges Another Sandwich

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was forced to dodge a flying sandwich for the second time this month Thursday when someone's salami lunch was flung at her during a school visit.

Gillard was greeting children at Lyneham High School in Canberra when the sandwich narrowly missed her.

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Mother of Newborn in Sewer was Present for Rescue

The mother of the Chinese newborn trapped in a sewer pipe in a stunning ordeal caught on video had raised the initial alarm and was present for the entire two-hour rescue but did not admit giving birth until confronted by police, reports said Wednesday.

The state-run, Hangzhou-based newspaper Dushikuaibao said police became suspicious when they found baby toys and blood-stained toilet paper in the 22-year-old woman's rented room, in the building where Saturday's rescue occurred in eastern China.

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Indonesian Governor's Metallica Guitar Confiscated

The Indonesian government will confiscate a Metallica guitar that was a gift to the heavy metal-loving governor of the capital Jakarta due to concerns about corruption, an official said Tuesday.

A beaming Joko Widodo appeared on TV earlier this month strumming the maroon bass guitar that had belonged to the U.S. band's Robert Trujillo and was a gift from a concert promoter.

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Swaziland Judge Loses Dog Custody Battle

A Swaziland court on Tuesday ordered a top judge who has been embroiled in a messy battle over custody of a dachshund puppy to return it to its owner.

The magistrates court in the capital Mbabane ordered Judge Jacobus Annandale to return the furry sausage dog to his neighbor Bhekiwe Dlamini, after he had it seized from her a week ago.

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Report: 'Obama' Surfs Internet from Chinese Cafe

President Barack Obama appears to be a regular customer of a Chinese Internet cafe, reports said, after the manager forged an identity card in the U.S. leader's name to help surfers avoid China's web rules.

The card has a full-face picture of Obama, lists his correct birthday and gives his address as "White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC", while stating his ethnicity as "Kenyan", pictures showed.

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Philippines Drops 'SEX' for Health Slogan

The Philippine Health Department said Tuesday it had dropped a cheeky slogan that recommended 'SEX' for call center workers after the industry failed to find it funny.

The SEX tagline, which stood for "Stress-free, Eat the right foods and Exercise", was supposed to encourage the country's army of call center workers to lead healthier lifestyles, said Health Undersecretary Enrique Tayag.

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Report: China Nile Relic Vandal Hunted Down

A Chinese tourist who defaced an ancient Egyptian monument was hunted down by Internet users who prompted his parents to apologize, state media reported on Monday.

A photo posted on Chinese social networking service Sina Weibo showed crudely drawn Chinese characters written over an ancient sandstone panel lined with hieroglyphics, the Global Times newspaper said.

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Japan Teen Runs up $54k Bar Tab on Dad's Credit Card

A man whose teenage son ran up a $54,000 credit card bill in a champagne-fuelled tour of Japanese girlie bars does not have to pay most of it back, a court has ruled.

The 16-year-old and his friend took his father's platinum American Express card around luxury nightspots in the ancient capital of Kyoto, quaffing whisky and sparkling wine at up to 380,000 yen ($3,700) per bottle, Japanese media said.

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Report: China Newborn Rescued from Toilet Pipe

A newborn baby boy was rescued from a sewage pipe in a Chinese apartment building after being flushed down a toilet, state media said.

"Fortunately the baby survived. But the person (who abandoned him) is still suspected of attempted murder," said an unnamed police officer, according to the official news portal

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Weiner Confuses Skylines in NY Mayoral Campaign Gaffe

Anthony Weiner, running for New York mayor two years after he became notorious for sending women sexually explicit photos, raced to fix his campaign website Friday after another pictorial faux-pas.

The site had featured a banner image of a city skyline... from Pittsburgh.

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