Wikinews Shorts: June 11, 2007

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A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, June 11, 2007.

U.S. Open registration begins

Tiger Woods. File photo.

Registration for the U.S. Open golf tournament is under way at Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh.

The course is regarded by players as one of the toughest. The tournament starts in earnest on Thursday, with the first tee-off at 7 a.m. (0300 UTC). Among the players signing up was Tiger Woods, who is looking for his third U.S. Open win, and his first since 2002.

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Three teachers shot in southern Thailand

Officials said they would close 50 school indefinitely in southern Thailand's Narathiwat Province after three teachers were fatally shot today in attacks blamed on Muslim insurgents.

Two female teachers, both Buddhist, were fatally shot while on lunch break at Bansako School in Si Sakorn. A male teacher from another school was gunned down while buying cigarettes at a store in Ra-ngae.

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Scores killed in Bangladesh floods, mudslides

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At least 86 people have been killed in mudslides, flooding and lightning strikes in Bangladesh, as heavy rains fell on Chittagong. Most of the victims died when rain-triggered landslides swept away shantytown villages.

The monsoon rains have ensued since yesterday and were expected to continue for several more days. In just a few hours, meteorologists said more than 7 inches (20 centimeters) of rain fell.

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Cameras keep watch on Malaysian civil servants

An example of surveillance cameras.

Closed-circuit television cameras are being used in Terengganu state, Malaysia, to monitor the activities of government civil servants, and keep them on the job, instead of taking long tea breaks, The Star reports.

"We would know if they are adhering to office etiquette or playing truant and we can also gauge if they are disciplined at work," state secretary Mokhtar Nong was quoted as saying by The Star.

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