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Filipino teenager to be named world's smallest male

Philippines

He will be the world's smallest male

A new international celebrity is about to be crowned. Junrey Balawing, 17, is expected to be confirmed today by Guinness World Records as the world's shortest male. According to local health officials, the teenager, whose 18th birthday coincides today with the Philippines' Independence Day, stands a mere 241/4 inches tall, about the size of a 1-year-old. If the measurements are confirmed, Balawing could also become the shortest person ever recorded in history, according to Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records. The current title holder is Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal, who stands at 261/3 inches, according to the organization. Guinness World Records officials visited Saturday to take measurements.

WASHINGTON

Plane intercepted near Camp David

The North American Aerospace Defense Command said two F-15 fighters had to intercept a small aircraft that had no radio communication and was flying near the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md. A NORAD statement said the fighter jets met the Beechcraft Bonanza on Saturday afternoon about 11 miles from Camp David and escorted it out of the area. It landed in the city of Hagerstown without incident. President Barack Obama traveled with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters to the retreat on Friday. The family is spending part of the weekend there. NORAD is responsible for defending North America's air space from attacks.

EL PASO, Texas

Poet brings peace march to the U.S.

Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, whose son was killed by drug gang members, brought his call for peace to the United States on Saturday. Sicilia gathered about 1,500 followers during a week-long peace march that ended Friday in Ciudad Juarez. He crossed into Texas on Saturday and spoke to hundreds of supporters at a park in downtown El Paso. "The U.S. has a grave responsibility in all this. When its citizens remain silent, they are imposing war on us," he said in a quiet voice barely amplified by a bullhorn. Sicilia spoke in support of local organizations' demands that the United States granted asylum to those who have fled the violence in Mexico, and in support of the demands for justice for American citizens and residents who have been killed in Mexico.

Elsewhere

Japan: Beating drums and waving flowers, protesters in Tokyo and other major cities rallied against the use of nuclear power on Saturday, three months after a devastating tsunami set off a crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Turkey: Turkish voters head to the polls today for crucial parliamentary elections that will likely shape the country's constitution, its conflict with a restive Kurdish ethnic minority and its definition of citizenship. They will also decide whether Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan should be elected Turkey's leader for the next 12 years.

Croatia: Stone-throwing extremists disrupted a gay pride march in the coastal town of Split on Saturday, a day after the Balkan country was given the green light to join the European Union. At least 100 people were detained and many others injured after opponents of the march attacked its participants, state TV reported.

Times wires

Filipino teenager to be named world's smallest male 06/11/11 [Last modified: Saturday, June 11, 2011 11:27pm]
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