Wed, Oct 15, 2003 - Page 6 News List

World News Quick Take

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■ South KoreaWoman cleared of murder

An American woman accused of killing a fellow US student in South Korea in 2001 was acquitted of homicide charges yesterday. "It feels really, really good," said 22-year-old Kenzi Snider, who cried and hugged her mother, Heath Bozonie, when the verdict was read out in a Seoul courtroom. Snider had been accused of beating to death 21-year-old Jamie Penich, a University of Pittsburgh student, over unwanted sexual advances. Both were exchange students in South Korea at the time of the killing in a Seoul hotel room on March 18, 2001. Judge Jun Bong-jin said that there was a high possibility that someone other than Snider committed the murder.

■ The Philippines

Execution denied

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo yesterday denied allegations the country's top terror suspect was executed in cold blood to present a publicity coup ahead of US President George W. Bush's visit. Opposition politicians have reacted with anger and skepticism to government claims Jemaah Islamiyah bombmaker Fathur Rohman al-Ghozi was killed in a shoot-out with the security forces on southern Mindanao island late Sunday. Some opposition figures have alleged Indonesian al-Ghozi was killed to prevent him revealing police complicity in his embarrassing escape from the national police headquarters jail in Manila in July.

■ Pakistan

Missile test successful

Pakistan launched a medium-range missile capable of hitting many targets inside archrival India early yesterday, its third -- and last -- in a series of planned tests which began earlier this month, government officials and Pakistan's army said. Longer-range missiles, however, will be tested in the future, the army said. The medium-range, surface-to-surface Hatf-4, also known as the Shaheen-1, was successfully test fired from an undisclosed location, it said. The missile has a range of 700km. A government official at Pakistan's main nuclear facility said experts are now working to upgrade longer-range missiles.

■ South Korea

Roh's motives questioned

The leader of South Korea's main opposition party, which controls parliament, said on yesterday that President Roh Moo-hyun should disclose details of an aide's political funding scandal before a confidence vote on his rule. Roh called on Monday for a Dec. 15 referendum and said he would step down if he lost the vote. He added confusion by at first linking the proposed poll to the financial scandal, then later describing the referendum as a political reform policy. Choe Byung-yul, who heads the main opposition Grand National Party, said more debate was needed on a referendum and on Roh's motives for the unprecedented move.

■ Singapore

Cult classic premieres

The cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show, which premiered in US theaters almost 30 years ago, will finally make its Singapore debut. Local censors had originally objected to the kinky sexual practices depicted in the science fiction horror film starring Susan Sarandon and pop star Meatloaf. In the 1975 film, a pair of innocent newlyweds stumble upon the secluded home of a homicidal, cross-dressing scientist from outer space and are seduced into wild sex and partying. The risque musical will be screened for the first time in the conservative city-state at an outdoor Halloween party.

■ United StatesSiamese twins `doing well'

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