Sun, Feb 15, 2004 - Page 7 News List

World News Quick Take

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■ ChinaSerial killer executed

China yesterday morning executed one of its worst serial killers in recent history, who reportedly murdered 67 people in the course of a three-year rampage, local media said. Yang Xinhai, 35, was put to death a fortnight after he received his sentence at the Luohe City Intermediate People's Court in central China's Henan province, the sina.com Web site reported. Yang, characterized as an introverted drifter, had not appealed his death sentence, according to the report. Executions in China are usually carried out with a bullet to the back of the head. Yang was said to have bicycled from one murder scene to the next beginning in 2000, and was not caught until November last year.

■ Indonesia

Bob Dole offered new job

Indonesia's government has asked former US Republican senator Bob Dole to act as a Washington-based consultant for it, a foreign ministry official said yesterday. "Bob Dole has expressed his readiness as a counsel for Indonesia on a case-by-case basis," foreign ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa said. "The Indonesian government would like to count on him as a friend to help our representatives in Washington." Dole currently works as a special counsel to a major Washington law firm.

■ Vietnam

Mourners killed by coffin

Two mourners were crushed to death by a falling coffin in Vietnam when a hearse overturned, a local police officer said yesterday. A small converted truck was carrying the coffin of Nguyen Thi Cao and around 20 mourners on a 60km trip from Ho Chi Minh City to the birthplace of the deceased in Tien Giang Province, said police officer Le Anh Vu. As the hearse was rounding a corner in Long An province, it went into a ditch, and the bulky wooden coffin crushed the dead man's son, Nguyen Van My, 45, and Luong Thi Anh Nguyet, Vu said. My and Nguyet were taken to Long An provincial hospital but died soon after admission, Vu said.

■ The Philippines

Kissing record broken

More than 5,000 couples locked lips on Valentine's Day in Manila yesterday, in the hope of beating the world record for the number of simultaneous kisses. Dubbed "Lovapaloza," the mass 10-second smooch followed a Friday night countdown into the most romantic day of the year. "We were looking for an event really to mark Valentine's Day meaningfully," said Manila's Mayor Lito Atienza, who led the event by kissing his wife. Atienza said 5,100 couples took part to beat the old record of 4,445 kissing couples in Chile last month.

■ Australia

Tycoon to the rescue

Billionaire Australian businessman Richard Pratt could call himself a good Samaritan yesterday after playing a crucial part in the rescue a Japanese round-the-world yachtsman drifting helplessly on the edge of the frigid Southern Ocean. Masayuki Kikuchi, 67, broke both arms when his self-righting 13m yacht rolled over in a storm, 4,000km southwest of Perth. His emergency beacon bounced off a satellite and was detected by the Canberra-based Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which formed a rescue party. The authority's Ben Mitchell said that because the yacht was so far from shore, Pratt was asked for the use of his super-long-range Global Express executive jet to help locate the missing adventurer. The recycling tycoon's plane, with a Japanese interpreter aboard, pinpointed the yacht's location and guided a cargo ship to it.<

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