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China slams proposal for Taiwan at U.N.

BEIJING — China yesterday attacked a proposal by Taiwan's 10 allies to help the island gain a seat on the United Nations.

In a joint proposal to the U.N. secretariat on Wednesday, the allies urged the U.N. General Assembly to set up a working group to examine Taiwan's "exceptional international situation" with a view to a seat at the United Nations.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue yesterday said the move will prove to be "unpopular and futile," the official Xinhua news agency reported.

She said Taiwan, which Beijing considers an estranged province of China, is not qualified to join the United Nations and its organizations.

Taiwan counts Belize, Burkina Faso, Chad, Dominica, El Salvador, Gambia, Nicaragua, Palau, Senegal and Tuvalu as allies.

Drinker, gambler tops school exams

HONG KONG — Encouraged by his mother, a Hong Kong teen-ager smoked, drank, gambled, sang karaoke and played video games all the way to 10 straight A's in the territory's most competitive exams.

Chan Kwan-kit scored 10 A's in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination, which determines whether students can continue with pre-university courses or have to leave school.

Mr. Kwan-kit one of a record 17 students who notched up 10 A's this year says he has smoked for three years and has frequented karaoke bars, even during his exams. He is an avid pianist and member of the school choir.

Nonetheless, he is taking classes in accounting and German this summer, and hopes to win a scholarship to Harvard University.

China suffers Code Red damage

BEIJING — A vicious new brand of Internet worm nicknamed "Code Red II" caused damage to a few hundred Chinese computer systems and users, officials said yesterday.

As of 5 p.m. yesterday, the worm had affected 180 registered computer users and more than 200 servers, according to the National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center.

Most of the users affected were businesses, located mainly in 10 cities and provinces, including Beijing and Shanghai.

Philippines to probe army-Muslim link

DAVAO, Philippines —The Philippine military is to investigate accusations that some senior officers took money from Muslim guerrillas holding U.S. and Filipino hostages, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said yesterday.

Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo, speaking to reporters in southern Davao, said she had discussed the matter with Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes "and he will be giving instructions to conduct an inquiry."

A Roman Catholic priest, nearly taken hostage in June when the Abu Sayyaf rebels occupied a hospital and church compound on the southern island of Basilan, said on Wednesday that officers deliberately allowed the guerrillas to slip through an army cordon. The officers have denied the accusation.

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