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Gaddafi troops fight for oil port

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have entered the oil port of Ras Lanuf in the east of the country and are fighting insurgents for control of the town, rebels said today.

Contacted in the early hours by telephone from Brega to the east, rebel fighter Ibrahim al-Alwani said he and comrades still in Ras Lanuf had seen government troops in the centre of the town.

"I saw maybe 150 men and three tanks," he said "I can hear clashes."



Pupils had sex for good marks

A Vietnamese high school principal was sentenced to nine years in prison for having sex with eight students in a high-profile sex scandal, a judge said today.

Sam Duc Xuong was convicted at yesterday's trial of having sex with eight students aged 13 to 18, with most encounters occurring in his office at Viet Lam High School in northern Ha Giang province, said Presiding Judge Mai Van Hung.

Judge Hung said Xuong paid the girls and used his power as a principal to force them to have sex with him in exchange for higher grades.



Thai temples smoke danger

Thailand's health ministry says the clouds of aromatic smoke that waft through Buddhist temples are potentially hazardous to your health and has issued new guidelines for incense burning.

Health Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said that the smoke emitted from incense commonly used at temples contains unsafe levels of benzene, butadiene and benzopyrene.

The statement said the chemicals could cause leukaemia and lung, skin and bladder cancers.



Teen survived 220ft plunge

A California high school student visiting the Golden Gate Bridge on a field trip climbed over a railing, jumped -- possibly on a dare by fellow classmates -- and somehow survived the 220-foot plunge into San Francisco Bay that kills dozens of people each year.

Most jumpers die of massive internal injuries, broken bones and skull fractures. But the 17-year-old lived, suffering just a broken coccyx and torn lung.