and a child shall lead them, for few minutes
A 13-year-old American campaigning to turn the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea into a peace park tried to get the Chinese president's attention Monday, staging a brief protest near Tiananmen Square. Jonathan Lee unfurled a sign reading "peace treaty" and "nuclear free DMZ children's peace forest" as he stood outside Tiananmen Gate just north of the square in central Beijing. Less than a minute after Lee began his demonstration, a man presumed to be a plainclothes officer grabbed the sign and waved away watching journalists, who had been contacted by Lee's family ahead of time. Uniformed officers then hurriedly escorted Lee and his mother away without commotion. Police held the pair, and a few hours later Lee and his mother, Melissa, returned to their hotel where they were joined by the boy's father, who was born in Korea, and sister. The boy, from Ridgeland, Miss., is trying to persuade the leaders of North and South Korea, China and the United States to work for reunification of the Koreas.
Dodging draft? Avoid Facebook
The Israeli military says its monitoring of Facebook has helped catch 1,000 women lying about their religious background to avoid serving. Israeli military service is largely compulsory, but religiously observant Jewish women can be exempted from service. Once Israel's most hallowed institution, the military has suffered an increase in draft evasion in recent years.
Future king trumps bishop
A British bishop has admitted he made "deeply offensive" comments when he said he gives Prince William's upcoming marriage to Kate Middleton about "seven years." Bishop Pete Broadbent of Willesden, an area in northwest London, said he apologized to William, Middleton and Prince Charles after British newspapers picked up comments he made on Twitter and Facebook.
Internet funeral services fill a void
A funeral home in Brazil is broadcasting its services live over the Internet, giving some of the millions of Brazilians living abroad the chance to say a final goodbye to their loved ones. The Gonzaga funeral home says it has started streaming video of burials, masses and funeral processions in real time to those who can't make it to the ceremonies. It even provides an online chat room. Funeral home director Eres Gonzaga told the Associated Press it charges about $60 an hour, depending on the service.
Compiled from Times wire services.