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Editor's drug shame.

A British magazine editor arrested in a high-society cocaine bust was 'remorseful' for violating Singapore's tough anti-drug laws, his lawyer told a court yesterday.

Nigel Bruce Simmonds (40), the former editor of Singapore Tatler and Expat magazines appeared in court to face three additional charges of consumption of ecstasy, methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has not been asked to enter a plea. He faces up to ten years in prison.

Village massacre A gang of bandits tied the hands and feet of 13 villagers and then shot them dead in Bhanwarpura, 195 miles south of New Delhi yesterday.

A surviving villager, who was also shot, was in critical condition.

Widow executed A farmer's widow has been executed for killing ten people in central China by putting rat poison in food at a funeral lunch for her dead husband. Police believe Chen Xiaomei was motivated by a longstanding grudge with relatives when she carried out the attack in Lichuan, a village in Hubei province.

Russian booze ban Russia's lower house of parliament has given a final endorsement to a bill that would make it illegal to drink beer in public.

The bill bans drinking beer on streets, in stadiums, on public transportation, in parks or in other places where there are no cafes or restaurants.

Nicole to play rat Nicole Kidman is in talks to play a sewer rat in new animated film Flushed Away. The Oscar-winning actress would play a street-smart rodent called Rita in the movie from British company Aardman Animation, the company behind box office hits Chicken
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Date:Oct 30, 2004
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