Sun, Dec 21, 2003 - Page 7 News List

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■ JapanUS praises missile move

Washington on Friday welcomed Japan's decision to deploy two US-made anti-missile systems, but declined to comment on its stated motives. Japan said Friday that the deployment would protect it from a possible ballistic missile attack from North Korea. Adam Ereli, deputy spokesman in the US State Department, said: "We welcome the Japanese government's decision to move forward on plans for missile defense."

■ North Korea

Ireland establishes ties

North Korea has established diplomatic ties with Ireland, Pyongyang said yesterday, as it seeks to improve ties with the EU despite tensions over its nuclear program. Officials of the two countries met in Pyongyang on Dec. 10 and exchanged documents on the opening of diplomatic relations, North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. "It was agreed to establish the diplomatic relations between the two countries on Dec. 10, 2003," KCNA said. Pyongyang has been seeking to improve relations with EU capitals, especially since 2001 when its ties with Washington hit their nadir over the North's nuclear weapons program.

■ Cambodia

Fishermen nets body

A 60-year old fisherman found the body of a woman stuffed into a suitcase and floating in a river near the southeastern coast, police said yesterday. Pon Sok reportedly found the corpse partly exposed from the suitcase on Thursday in a river near the Gulf of Thailand. A senior police official in Sihanoukville said the woman, aged 25 to 30 years old, was thought to be of Korean or Chinese decent but carried no identification. He said the woman likely died from being struck on the neck, then her body was stuffed into the suitcase and tossed from a bridge spanning the river. The police say they have no leads in the case.

■ Singapore

Warden jailed for favors

A prison warden ended up in jail for smuggling food in for seven female inmates and giving special treatment to a Colombian inmate. Sandarozlin Anthony, 32, was sentenced to two months in jail. The court heard on Friday she let the Colombian prisoner, Paula Andrea Rendon Cellabos, use her mobile phone to call her mother and let her read an e-mail message from home, The Straits Times said. She also smuggled in a birthday card for Cellabos to write to her son, a box of chicken curry, prawns and rice, a bottle of guava juice, chocolates and sandwiches, which the Colombian shared with another inmate. The warden also sneaked in six curry puffs and gave them to five other inmates.

■ Singapore

Nude photos spark storm

A member of parliament is under investigation by police after his wife complained about photographs she found in their home of him and their Indonesian maid, both naked. Doreen Chia, 31, alleged her husband Steve Chia, 34, had outraged the maid's modesty, The Straits Times reported yesterday. The wife, pregnant with the couple's first child, reported the matter to the police at the end of last month shortly after their seventh wedding anniversary. The maid, in her early 20s, told police she had not been forced into posing for the pictures, according to the paper. Doreen Chia confirmed she had made the police report, but would not explain why. The Indonesian woman is now reportedly staying at a haven for maids who run into problems with their employers. Steve Chia is secretary general of the National Solidarity Party

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