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■ The Philippines

Gunmen kill village chief

Masked gunmen fatally shot a village chief and her five companions and wounded seven other people in the northern Philippines in an attack that may be linked to May 10 national elections, police said yesterday. Police said the gunmen fled after opening fire late on Wednesday on an open minibus carrying San Antonio village chief Rosenelli Baccay, 40, and her husband Nestor, 42, killing them and four others in Cabagan town in Isabela province. Seven people were wounded. Regional police Chief Superintendent Jefferson Soriano said the attack was likely linked to politics or to a land dispute.

■ South Korea

Newborn survives fall

A newborn baby boy survived a four-floor fall after his 27-year-old mother threw him out of a motel window soon after giving birth, South Korean police said yesterday. The baby was recovering in hospital with a fractured leg after the incident, which took place in the early hours of Tuesday, a policeman said by telephone from Ansan near Seoul. The Korea Times newspaper reported a shop sign broke the baby's fall after the mother threw him out the window because she did not want her boyfriend to find out she had given birth to another man's child. The mother was also receiving medical treatment, the daily said.

■ Japan

Mother drives over child

A 31-year-old mother was arrested on Wednesday and accused of trying to kill her 2-year-old son by driving her car while the son was holding onto its hood, a newspaper reported yesterday. According to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, the woman in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, reportedly became upset when her younger son tried to take off his seat belt while she was driving. She pulled both of her children from the car and, while the 2-year-old was trying to hold onto the hood, allegedly started driving. The boy fell from the hood and was run over. The son was slightly injured while the older son stayed away from the car and was not hurt, the newspaper said.

■ Japan

Octogenarian jailed

In an unusually harsh ruling, a court in northern Japan has ordered an 89-year-old woman be sent to prison for more than three years for fraud, saying that, despite her age, she was a habitual criminal with no sense of remorse. According to Aomori District Court, Matsue Nakamura conned five friends into lending her money by saying she had a fortune saved up but was unable to get it out of the bank and needed cash to take the bank to court. She also promised to repay them several times more than they loaned her. On Wednesday, she was convicted of defrauding US$366,400 from the five.

■ South Korea

Motorists sue over weather

A group of motorists stranded on highways during one of South Korea's worst snow storms in decades said yesterday they will sue the government for US$356,000 for psychological damages and lost work hours. A total of 2,200 vehicles were stuck in snow-choked roads after nearly 50cm were dumped across central South Korea from March 4 to March 5. It was the worst March blizzard since the country began collecting data in 1969, and helicopters had to drop bread and milk to stretches of trapped vehicles. Lawyer Park Jeong-il accused the government of failing to properly warn people of the heavy snowfall and of failing to swiftly cope with the traffic mayhem.

■ China

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