Jun 29, 2011, 10:58 a.m.
"Ladyboy" pictures confuse election officials?
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's community of "ladyboys" complained on Wednesday they were being marginalized in next week's general election because their ID card pictures were too confusing for polling officials. It is the latest in a series of gripes among members of the Trans-Female Association of Thailand which groups transgenders and transsexuals known collectively as "katoeys" or "ladyboys."
Woman sprays police with breast milk
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A lactating U.S. woman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after she sprayed sheriff's deputies with breast milk as they tried to remove her from a vehicle, police said on Monday. Ohio-resident Stephanie Robinette, 30, was arrested and charged with domestic violence and assault linked to a domestic dispute, as well as resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, according to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.
Country bans night travel to end road carnage
YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Cameroon has banned night-time public transport between cities after a spate of deadly accidents last year, many involving heavy drinking on the country's infamously poor roads. "Night traffic represents just about 5 percent of human transport, but represents 35 percent of road accidents," Aoudou Dotel Moussa, director of land transport at the Cameroon transport ministry, said Monday.
Russian scientists expect to meet aliens by 2031
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian scientists expect humanity to encounter alien civilizations within the next two decades, a top Russian astronomer predicted on Monday. "The genesis of life is as inevitable as the formation of atoms... Life exists on other planets and we will find it within 20 years," Andrei Finkelstein, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Applied Astronomy Institute, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.
And the most sedentary U.S. city is..
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Although it's known for its beautiful horse farms and as the "Thoroughbred Capital of the World," Lexington, Kentucky has gained a new distinction -- as the most sedentary city in the United States. Along with Indianapolis in Indiana and Jackson, Mississippi it ranked among the most exercise-phobic cities in the nation, according to a new ranking by Men's Health magazine.
China to use droppings to count endangered pandas
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will use analysis of panda droppings as it embarks upon a once-in-a-decade census of the endangered animal, state media said on Monday. Authorities are training some 70 trackers in southwestern China who will begin their work this week and end the survey by late July, Xinhua news agency said.
Seven arrested after Joburg's police chief burgled
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Police arrested seven people in connection with a weekend break-in at Johannesburg's police chief's home, sparking criticism over such swift action compared with that experienced by ordinary South Africans. South Africa is one of the world's most dangerous countries outside war zones. Frequent government campaigns over the last decade and pledges to put more police on the street have done little to control high rates of murder, theft and other crimes.
Iran plans to send monkey into space