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Ukraine candidate's poison tests shock.

A man who insulted Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe while arguing with his brother on a bus will be spending Christmas in prison. Prosecutors said a Central Intelligence Organisation agent overhead Arnold Bunya, 29, telling his brother during the argument, 'Do not be thickheaded like Mugabe.'

Under Zimbabwe's sweeping security laws, it is an offence to insult Mugabe or undermine his authority

Bunya was allegedly unrepentant when challenged by the secret police agent and was arrested.

He was not asked to plead when he appeared in a Harare court yesterday and was remanded in custody until December 28.

NEW tests reveal the level of dioxin poison in the blood of Ukrainian presidential candidate Victor Yushchenko is more than 6,000 times higher than normal, according to the expert analysing the samples.

The concentration, about 100,000 units per gram of blood fat, is the second highest ever recorded in human history, said Abraham Brouwer, professor of environmental toxicology at the Free University in Amsterdam where blood samples taken in Vienna were sent for analysis.

Brouwer's team has narrowed the search from more than 400 dioxins to about 29 and is confident they will identify the poison by tomorrow. That, in turn, could provide clues for the investigation of the alleged poisoning.

A PET DOG helped save a toddler from drowning in an Australian reservoir.

The 18-month-old girl was pulled unconscious from the reservoir in Bendigo, in the state of Victoria, after the family's border collie alerted the child's mother by running back and forth between the house and the reservoir barking, local paramedic Greg Smith said.

The child's mother, whose name was not immediately released, resuscitated the girl while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

'The mother said the child and dog were inseparable and that raised the suspicion that something was wrong,' Smith said

The girl was recovering in a stable condition at a local hospital in Bendigo, 112 miles north-west of Melbourne.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 16, 2004
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