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In Brief: Woman leader in South Korea

PARK Geun-hye has become South Korea's first female president and returned to the presidential mansion where she grew up with her dictator father.

As president, she will face stark divisions both in South Korean society and with rival North Korea.

South Koreans worry about a growing gap between rich and poor, and there is pressure for her to live up to her campaign suggestion that she can return the country to the strong economic growth her strong-man father oversaw.


100 rescued from zoo train

ABOUT 100 people have been rescued without injury by firefighters after a monorail at a zoo stopped operating.

Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Evans says as many as five extension ladders at a time were used to remove the passengers who were stuck at the Dallas Zoo.

Local television stations reported the train was between 15 and 20 feet off the ground when it stopped.


Foxes get taste for brake fluid

A MOTORIST has had to start wrapping her car in chicken wire to keep foxes from vandalising the vehicle, it is reported.

Jeanna Emerson, of Lancing, West Sussex, thought vandals were to blame after six separate attacks, but when police were called in it was found that the culprits were foxes, who liked the sweet taste of brake fluid.

"Foxes still sit looking at the car, but they haven't got through the wire yet," the 55-year-old said.


President visits Yemen's south

YEMEN'S president spent yesterday touring two troubled southern provinces, including an area once overrun by al-Qa'ida militants and another where separatists are pushing to secede from the north.

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, flanked by heavy security, toured Zinjibar in Abyan province on foot, to show his government is in control of a city that al-Qa'ida had overrun for several months in late 2011 and early 2012.

And in Aden he met officials and residents just days after four people were killed when separatists clashed with his supporters.