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actress Tang Wei fell victim to
a US$35,000 fraud after being
persuaded over the phone to
wire money to a suspect, state
media reported yesterday.
Citing local police, the official
Xinhua News Agency reported
that Tang was filming in
Shanghai on Saturday after-
noon when she received a
phone call and was persuaded
210,000 yuan (US$35,000).
Tang shot to international
fame playing a Chinese student
activist who seduces a Japan-
ese-allied spy chief in the World
War II-era thriller Lust, Cau-
tion. Her politically sensitive
role as a traitor in the 2007
movie led to a three-year
reported blacklisting by Chinese
Lust, Caution actress a victim of fraud
JERUSALEM---Israelis from all
walks of life flocked to parlia-
ment yesterday to catch a
glimpse of Ariel Sharon s coffin
and pay their final respects to
the iconic former prime min-
ister and general.
A stream of visitors ranging
from former army comrades to
political allies to citizens who
only knew him from afar
remembered Sharon as a decisive
leader, for better or for worse,
and one of the final heroes of
Israel s founding generation.
"Words escape me. He was
just a man who was larger than
life," said a choked-up Shlomo
Mann, 68, who served under
Sharon s command in the 1973
Mideast war. "Those who didn t
know him from up close can t
truly understand what a legend
he was. There will never be any-
one else like him."
The 85-year-old Sharon died
Saturday eight years after a dev-
astating stroke left him in a
In a career that stretched
across much of Israel s 65-year
existence, his life was closely
intertwined with the country s
history. He was a leader known
for his exploits on the battlefield,
masterminding Israel s invasion
of Lebanon, building Jewish set-
tlements on war-won land and
then, late in life, destroying some
that he deemed no longer useful
when he withdrew from the
As one of Israel s most famous
generals, the man known as
"Arik" was renowned for bold
tactics and an occasional refusal
to obey orders. To his supporters,
he was a war hero; to his critics,
a war criminal.
As prime minister late in life,
he was embraced by the public
as a grandfatherly figure who
provided stability in times of
A state memorial is planned
for today at parliament followed
by a funeral service at Sharon s
ranch in southern Israel. Under
Jewish law, funerals are to be
carried out as soon as possible.
But in a ritual reserved only for
former prime ministers and pres-
idents of Israel, the coffin lays
in state at parliament to allow
citizens to bid farewell.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden,
former British Prime Minister
Tony Blair, Czech Prime Minister
Jiri Rusnok, German Foreign
Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier
and others are expected to attend
today s ceremonies.
Sharon s life will be remem-
bered for its three distinct stages:
First, was his eventful and con-
troversial time in uniform,
including leading a deadly raid
in the West Bank that killed 69
Arabs, as well as his heroics in
the 1973 Mideast war.
VATICAN CITY---Pope Francis named Kelvin
Edward Felix, Archbishop emeritus of Castries
and Chibly Langlois, Bishop of Les Cayes, Haiti
as new cardinals yesterday. They were among
19 men chosen from Asia, Africa, Latin America
and elsewhere, including the developing nations
of Haiti and Burkina Faso, in line with his belief
that the church must pay more attention to the
Monsignor Chibly Langlois, 55, is the youngest
new cardinal chosen.
Francis made the announcement as he spoke
from his studio window to a crowd in St Peter s
Sixteen of the appointees are younger than 80,
meaning they are currently eligible to elect the
next pope, which is a cardinal s most important
task. The ceremony to formally install them as
cardinals will be held February 22 at the Vatican.
Since his election in March as the first pontiff
from Latin America, the pope has broken tradition
after tradition in terms of protocol and style at
the Vatican. But in yesterday s list Francis stuck
to the church s rule of having no more than 120
cardinals eligible to elect the next pontiff.
The College of Cardinals is currently 13 shy of
that 120-mark among eligible-to-vote members.
In addition, three cardinals will turn 80 by May.
That means Francis chose the exact number of
new cardinals needed to bring the voting ranks
up to 120 during the next few months.
Some appointments were expected, including
that of his new secretary of state, the Italian arch-
bishop Pietro Parolin, and the German head of
the Vatican s watchdog office for doctrinal ortho-
doxy, Gerhard Ludwig Mueller. Two others named
yesterday also come from the curia, as the Holy
See s Rome-based bureaucracy is known. AP
MADRID---Spanish officials say riots in the north-
ern city of Burgos have left 11 police injured and
40 people have been arrested after protesters began
attacking police vehicles, burning garbage containers
and breaking windows.
Rioting began Friday night as residents of Burgos
Gamonal district objected to city hall plans to redesign
a street into a tree-lined boulevard with an under-
ground car garage. Eight police officers were injured
and 17 people arrested.
A government statement says disturbances erupted
again Saturday, with residents demanding the release
of those arrested the previous night, leading to three
police being injured and 23 further arrests.
Yesterday s statement said police intervened to
"guarantee law and order and citizens safety."AP
St Lucia, Haiti
11 injured, 40 held
in Spain riots
An Israeli woman mourns as she looks at the coffin of late Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon at the Knesset plaza, in Jerusalem, Sunday.
Members of the Knesset guard carry the coffin of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the Knesset plaza, in Jerusalem,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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