WORLD IN BRIEF

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Chinese News Agency Calls Journalism a Dangerous Job

BEIJING -- Being a reporter is the third most dangerous occupation in China, the official New China News Agency said, second only to being a miner or a police officer.

"An increasing number of reporters are obstructed, scolded, even beaten during interviews," the agency said Thursday.

To help journalists injured on the job, a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang had set up a foundation, it said. "The foundation will help reporters to pay part of their medical fees if they were attacked or wounded by accidents while doing interviews around Shenyang," said Zhang Chengpu, vice director of Shengjing Hospital.

China is the world's leading jailer of journalists, with at least 32 in custody and an additional 50 Internet campaigners also in prison, according to Reporters Without Borders.

ASIA

· KABUL, Afghanistan -- NATO-led troops aided by aircraft killed 15 suspected insurgents in eastern Afghanistan after the fighters opened fire on their patrol, wounding a soldier in the leg, a NATO official said.

· BEIJING -- China's capital will institute a "one dog" policy for each household in nine areas as part of an effort to stamp out rabies, the New China News Agency said.

· BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- Kyrgyzstan's parliament approved an amended constitution that would limit presidential powers and broaden those of parliament, clearing the way for an end to a week of protests calling for the president's ouster.

THE AMERICAS

· BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The new Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice made its first death penalty ruling, dismissing an appeal by the Barbados government that sought to restore execution orders for two convicted murderers.

· SANTIAGO, Chile -- The Santiago Court of Appeals voted 13 to 8 to strip former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet of his immunity from prosecution in the disappearance of a Spanish Catholic priest in the early months of his 1973-90 rule.


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