Man shoots seven cousins
A Pakistani man allegedly shot dead seven relatives yesterday in a remote tribal village, apparently enraged because he was not allowed to marry the woman of his choice, police said. Shahzado Khan is suspected of shooting his cousins in Paryo Behan village, about 200km northeast of the southern city of Karachi, Deputy Superintendent of Police Qamar Zaman Jaskani said. Khan reportedly wanted to marry one of his cousins, but others in her family refused his request. The object of Khan's desire was not hurt in the incident. Marriage-related feuds are common in Pakistan's deeply conservative, male-dominated areas and often lead to violence.
Temblor rocks countryside
An earthquake measuring 5.09 on the Richter scale shook southeastern Bangladesh early yesterday, disrupting power and sending residents into the streets, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. The quake damaged a 20-megawatt power sub-station in Chittagong, cutting off supplies to some city areas, said an electricity official and it also caused cracks to appear in buildings in another part of the region. The quake was felt across the entire southeastern region, said an administrative official at Cox's Bazar, 400km from the capital.
■ The Philippines
Officials burn drugs
Philippine officials Saturday burned more than a ton of marijuana and metamphetamine hydrochloride (ice), confiscated by authorities in an intensive campaign against illegal drugs. The rites were led by Local Government Minister Jose Lina and attended by Mark Connell, assistant attache of the US Drug Enforcement Administration, in Trece Martirez City, some 40km south of Manila.
The burning of the 1.4 billion pesos (US$28.79 million) worth of prohibited substances was in consonance with the directive of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who launched an all-out war against drugs in June.
Homemade bombs found
Indonesian police in North Sulawesi province found 18 homemade bombs and 10kg of ammonium nitrate, similar to the explosives used in last October's deadly bombings in Bali that left at least 202 people dead, police officials said Saturday. The explosive material, which could also be used as fertilizer, was seized from a rented house on Friday in the district of Gorontalo, 1,945km northeast of Jakarta, said North Sulawesi police chief Brigadier General John Lalo. Two people, who are being questioned by police in connection with the find, claim that the explosives were to be used to blast tunnels in a gold mine.
■ Hong Kong
Fans want Lee's house
Bruce Lee fans in Hong Kong have asked the government to buy back the star's old home which has been turned into a short-time hotel where men take mistresses and prostitutes for sex, a news report said yesterday. Devotees of the kung fu legend are incensed the home where Lee spent his final years before his mysterious death in 1973 has been turned into a "love hotel" in which rooms are rented by the hour, according to the Sunday Morning Post. The appeal came a week after Hong Kong marked the 30th anniversary of Lee's death.
Love turns to hate
A man has been charged with the slayings of a former Greek Orthodox priest once jailed for child molestation -- who prosecutors allege was his lover -- and a former in-law. Tu Luong Hua, 24, allegedly shot and killed Stanley Adamakis, 61, a former cleric convicted of molesting boys more than a decade ago, police said Friday. Adamakis' body was found July 20 in the parking lot of his apartment complex. Later that day, police found the body of Yu Huynh, Hua's former brother-in-law, in the home the two men shared.