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Abusive wives

Beijing, Feb. 24 (PTI): With women’s status in China rising sharply, more and more husbands in Chinese cities are seeking shelter from verbal and physical abuse inflicted on them by their wives.

Some of them have even called for the establishment of a men’s federation similar to the All-China Women’s Federation, a well-established organisation that addresses women’s interests and welfare, the official media reported today.

The male victims also want better access to legal aid so they can get justice in the courts, China Daily reported. According to official statistics, about 400,000 married couples break up every year in China, with 25 per cent of those cases being as a result of domestic violence.

Song terror

Seoul (Reuters): Forget nuclear bombs and other weapons of mass destruction, North Korea says it has something in its arsenal to fill the enemy with mortal terror — the million-strong army and the rest of the country singing. North Korea’s Communist Party newspaper urged the country’s people on Monday to redouble their courage and sing the song — snappily entitled: Long Trip for Army-based Leadership — more loudly at a time of tension with the US. The daily newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, said if North Korea was attacked, the country would resound to a song that had the power to fill“imperialists and enemies with mortal terror”.

Big Ben

Los Angeles (Reuters): Ben Affleck affirmed his superhero status at the North American box office over the weekend as comic book thriller Daredevil outpaced four new films that opened nationwide on Friday, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday. For the second week in a row, the Marvel Comics adaptation starring Affleck as a visually impaired attorney who fights crime by night took the number one spot, grossing $18.9 million, according to industry box office service Exhibitor Relations. The film edged past the bawdy buddy comedy Old School, which opened at number two with $17.5 million. Friday-to-Sunday ticket sales for Daredevil, released by 20th Century Fox, dipped 53 per cent from its $47.3 million grossed during last week’s four-day Presidents Day holiday weekend, said studio distribution president, Bruce Snyder. However, Snyder said he was pleased with the numbers given the competition Daredevil faced. “Even though 53 per cent sounds like a bit of a drop, it’s pretty good. The cumulative gross so far is $70.3 million. “


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