Driver hits brakes as

mouse finds trousers

BERLIN – A mouse was blamed for a two-car accident in southern Germany after it crawled up a motorist’s trousers. As the rodent squirmed up his inside thigh, the driver slammed on the brakes, causing a rear-end collision with a car driven by a female motorist.

When the woman got out to give him a piece of her mind, the man opened his trousers and hauled out the wriggling mouse, according to a police spokesman.

Superheroes battle

for the last burger

LONDON – Their fictional counterparts might be tireless battlers for truth and justice, but when three British men dressed as Spiderman, Superman and Batman came to blows the reason was far more prosaic – a shortage of burgers.

Police were called to the superhero bust-up after the three men in fancy dress traded punches in front of a fast food van in Canterbury, southern England.

It was believed the fight began early on Christmas Day because of a shortage of food at the van.

A 23-year-old man suffered facial injuries but declined to press charges, Kent Police said.

Rebel army to sign

Ugandan ceasefire

KAMPALA – Uganda’s Government and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army are to sign a landmark total ceasefire today, opening the way for an end to a bloody 18-year insurgency, negotiators said.

The LRA, whose only stated aim is to rule the east African country by the biblical Ten Commandments, has rampaged through the north of Uganda, attacking civilians, kidnapping children and forcing 1.6 million people to flee to refugee camps.

Both sides expressed hope the ceasefire would bring an end to the war after talks at Kitgum district.

Victorian push for

code for dance raves

MELBOURNE – Dance party operators in Victoria have been urged to adopt a new code of practice aimed at making raves safer.

The Victorian Government yesterday released what it says is Australia’s most comprehensive code of practice for running safer dance parties.

The code is voluntary and is not enforceable.

State Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Daniel Andrews, said the code was a collaborative effort of the State Government, police, Metropolitan Ambulance Service, the entertainment community and other interested groups.

“I think this code of practice stands apart on the basis that we’ve had a really positive partnership from a whole range of different stakeholders,” Mr Andrews said. “We are confident that it will be taken up by a whole range of large and small events.”

He said the code was an effective tool for making events safer and covered a whole range of issues including fire safety, emergency services, checklists and risk management strategies.

The code includes guidelines on how many toilets to have on site, the use of strobe lights, the supply of free or cheap cold water, ensuring there was adequate shade and shelter, and allocating chill-out zones.

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