Illegal oral sex reviewed
A law making oral sex illegal is under review after a Singapore police officer was jailed for two years for the act with a 15-year-old girl, two ministries said yesterday. The jailing of Police Coast Guard Sergeant Annis Abdullah, 27, on Nov. 6 has triggered widespread debate on whether there was a basis for prosecuting him. Many Singaporeans said they were shocked oral sex was still an offence. The statement of facts tendered to the court mistakenly stated the girl was 16 years old when, in fact, she had just turned 15 and was therefore a minor, the ministries said. The teenager made a police report after the incident on April 23 last year.
Satellite sent into orbit
China sent a communication satellite into orbit yesterday in its third launch since its first manned space mission last month, the government said. The Zhongxing-20 satellite went up from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan at 12:01am, the official Xinhua News Agency said. It was carried up by a Long March 3-A rocket, Xinhua said. The launch was declared a success from the Xi'an Satellite Monitor and Control Center 25 minutes later, when the satellite entered orbit, Xinhua said.
Mine explosion kills 49
A gas explosion in a coal mine in southeast China has left 49 miners dead and seven more wounded, the state media reported yesterday. The blast which occurred on Friday morning at the Jianxin Coal Mine in Jiangxi province left 55 people trapped underground, the China News Service said. The bodies of 48 miners had been recovered as of late Friday, while seven other miners were wounded, two of them seriously, according to the agency. Coal mine accidents are frequent in China, a major coal producer and consumer, claiming 4,150 lives during the first eight months of this year, the equivalent of 17 deaths a day, latest figures show.
Vulture thieves nabbed
Two men have been charged with stealing a vulture for a man who allegedly wanted the bird's gall bladder as medicine to treat his illness. Mam Tuon, a 24-year-old employee at a zoo in Takeo province, and Yem Sokha, a 33-year-old coconut seller, were arrested and charged with committing the theft on Monday, The Cambodia Daily reported. Nuon Phon, a deputy police chief of the province, told the newspaper that the pair had stolen the endangered vulture from the province's Phnom Tamao zoo on Sunday. Two unidentified men had told Mam Tuon and Yem Sokha that their superior wanted to use the bird as a medicine to treat his illness.
Prolific serial killer arrested
An ex-convict dumped by his girlfriend has been arrested and linked to the stabbing murders of 65 people in several provinces, a newspaper reported yesterday in what could be the deadliest case of individual mass murder in the country's recent history. Yang Zhiya, who also goes by the aliases Yang Liu and Yang Xinhai, was apprehended on Nov. 3 in the northern Chinese province of Hebei, not far from Beijing, the Beijing News said. It said Yang, who had served time in prison in the past for unspecified crimes, has been accused of killing people in the provinces of Henan, Anhui, Shandong and Hebei because he "desperately wanted to retaliate against society."
Gays demonstrate kissing