Hong Kong, Nov. 3 (Reuters): A Hong Kong gossip magazine said it was suspending publication after public fury over a cover featuring a local actress’s topless photo taken during her reported abduction 12 years ago.
“We take entire responsibility for the matter,” publisher Chan Yiu-on said on behalf of himself and two other editors of East Week late yesterday.
Last week’s East Week cover caught even the attention of Hong Kong’s top political leader, chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, who said yesterday the government was monitoring the incident. “We regret the suspension of East Week. We deeply apologise to the victim, the public, the media and the employees of the magazine,” publisher Chan told local television stations.
Tehran (Reuters): Iran’s first female bus driver has taken to the road in a small victory for gender equality that has already forced men to take a back seat. Seating on Iranian buses has been segregated since the 1979 Islamic revolution, with women forced to sit at the back so that they do not distract the normally male driver. But on Masoumeh Bolaghi’s bus, the seating order will be reversed for the same reason. Official news agency IRNA quoted Bolaghi as saying she hoped her example would have “a positive effect on women’s morale”.
London (Reuters): Britain’s Royal Navy rescued a man who said he had been adrift at sea for 26 days and survived by drinking rainwater after his speedboat broke down in the Caribbean. Lenny Leon Peter was rescued after a sailor on board the frigate HMS Grafton spotted the boat adrift on the ocean 1,100 km from Peter’s home on the island of Guadeloupe. “It really was a tiny boat on a very big ocean,” Grafton’s commander Richard Thomas said. “It was really a one in a million chance that my lookout spotted him.”
Key West (Reuters): Jimmy Buffett, known for his “Cheeseburger in Paradise” song about the American diet staple, surprised a gathering of fans with a rare impromptu street concert in the Florida island city that he nicknamed “Margaritaville”. The 55-year-old greeted 3,000 members of the Parrot Heads in Paradise Inc. fan club, celebrating their 11th annual Meeting of the Minds convention, with favourite hits at a street festival.