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No ghost tales

Kuala Lumpur, Nov. 7 (AFP): Malaysia, which strictly censors foreign movies and books, has decided to ban tomes with “ghostly” tales and those touching on the supernatural, reports said yesterday.

Deputy home minister Chor Chee Heung was quoted by The Star as saying that the government would no longer approve permits to import and publish reading material containing elements “calculated to entertain by frightening.” These include books within the categories of mystery, mysticism, fantasy, occultism and superstition, he said.

“These materials will create an unhealthy picture in the minds of the readers and influence them by such far-fetched ghostly stories," he said.

However, titles such as the popular Harry Potter series would not be affected as they were deemed to be “benign,” he added.

Roo golf

Stanthorpe, Australia (AFP): Golfers are used to on a good day hitting birdies, eagles and holy of holies albatrosses but here at the 100-year-old Stanthorpe golf club they are more likely to hit kangaroos. While it would seem normal that kangaroos would inhabit any piece of verdant pasture this course is renowned for the hundreds that line the fairways making it sometimes impossible for the golfers to drive, hook or slice, off the tee. “The kangaroos don’t care hearing the whizz of the ball over their heads,” a spokeswoman from the club, three hours drive west of Brisbane, said. “However occasionally we have to put them down when they are hit by the balls.” She said that they weren’t the brightest animals in the world and shouts of “four” when the ball is speeding towards a crowd is not a term they are accustomed to. “They’re pretty thicko (stupid) as is their skin but players have to go round with quite a few balls because there is a rule where if you hit a kangaroo you get another shot.

Kissing ban

Moscow (Reuters): Couples caught kissing on Moscow’s underground rail system could be fined under new regulations being considered by city authorities while those going too far could face jail, a newspaper’s website said on Friday. The ban could even extend to a husband embracing his wife, Stolichnaya Vechernyaya Gazeta said on its website. The newspaper, quoting unnamed sources, said the city authorities were thinking of introducing the ban to raise levels of public morality. “From the New Year, citizens kissing and embracing publicly will be fined,” it said. “Blatant cases could even lead to temporary detention in jail,” it added. Education official Tatyana Maksimova said metro travellers were indulging in increasingly lax behaviour including drinking alcohol from bottles and cans.

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