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Might as well jump An unidentified BASE jumper leaps from Malaysia’s landmark KL Tower, the 1,389-foot broadcasting tower during the International Tower Jump 2007 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday. Some 100 professional BASE jumpers namely from the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the U.S., Australia, South Africa, Russia and Malaysia are taking part in the annual event in conjunction with visit Malaysia 2007 and the 50th National day celebrations. Might as well jump

KABUL, Afghanistan Violence claims 41 lives

A string of bombings and gun battles reported around Afghanistan on Saturday killed 41 people and left at least six wounded, including two foreigners hurt in a suicide bombing near the capital.

Insurgent violence is running at its highest level since U.S. forces invaded the country in 2001 to oust the hard-line Islamic Taliban rulers, who had harbored al-Qaida leaders following the Sept. 11 attacks.

Most of the violence is concentrated in southern or eastern Afghanistan, where insurgents staged several attacks Saturday, but there have been occasional suicide attacks on Afghan security forces and foreign targets in Kabul.

A suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into a convoy of two four-wheel drive Land Cruisers on a main road leading out of the capital Saturday, said Ali Shah Paktaiwal, chief of criminal investigations in the city. Interior Ministry spokesman Zemerai Bashary said two foreigners and four Afghans were injured. He said he did not know the nationalities of the foreigners or the extent of their injuries.

SEOUL, South Korea Flooding death toll at 600

Floods that swept across North Korea earlier this month killed at least 600 people, double the previously known toll, the country’s official news agency said Saturday

Citing North Korea’s Central Statistics Bureau, the Korean Central News Agency reported at least 600 people were dead or missing and thousands were injured. The report was the first time that North Korea’s media have specified a precise death toll from the disaster.

Earlier, international aid groups put the toll at about 300 dead or missing.

DALLAS Naked man faces charges

A man stripped naked inside a Dallas County courthouse and tried to grab a weapon from an officer who attempted to subdue him, officials said.

A receptionist saw the 33-year-old man taking off his clothes on the 11th floor of the court building near the district attorney’s office on Thursday, authorities reported. She called for help, and a prosecutor chased the man into a stairwell.

An officer was trying to help the prosecutor when the man placed his hand on the officer’s weapon, officials said.

The man faces a charge of trying to take a weapon from a peace officer.

CHICAGO A bit of thumb wrestling?

A rift between Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert and the syndicator of his TV show, “Ebert & Roeper,” while negotiating a contract has Disney-ABC Domestic Television prying his famous “thumbs” from the program.

Ebert literally owns the trademark on the “thumbs up/thumbs down,” along with the family of the Chicago Tribune’s late Gene Siskel, with whom he first teamed over 30 years ago.

On Friday, Disney said Ebert was barring use of the “thumbs” until signing a new contract. But the critic, absent from the show for more than a year since cancer surgery, disputes that.

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