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■ South Korea

Unidentified boat repelled

South Korea said an unidentified boat briefly crossed into its waters from the north in the Yellow Sea yesterday but turned back half an hour later after its navy broadcast several warning messages. A statement by Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the boat had crossed back over the so-called Northern Limit Line at 9:46am. It gave no details of the craft. Four days ago, South Korea fired warning shots to chase off what it said was a North Korean naval ship which had crossed the disputed maritime border between the hostile states. Pyongyang said later the ship was a Chinese fishing boat.

■ India

Gunmen attack separatists

Unidentified gunmen attacked a group of Indian separatists meeting at a hotel in neighboring Bangladesh, leaving up to 25 dead, police in India said on Saturday. Dhaka's Police Commissioner Ashraful Huda, however, said he had no reports of such an incident. But G.M. Srivastava, police chief of the northeastern Indian state of Tripura said, "A group of Indian insurgents were apparently holding a meeting at a hotel in Dhaka's Segun Bagicha area when gunmen attacked and killed up to 25 of them." Tripura shares a 850km porous border with Bangladesh. Indian security forces say several separatist rebel groups in the country's northeast have bases inside Bangladesh, from where they stage hit-and-run attacks on Indian targets.

■ Nepal

Bomb kills one, injures three

One person was killed and three were injured when a bomb planted on the roadside near a bus stand exploded yesterday morning at Koteshwor district of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, police said. "A man was killed while three others walking on the road were injured in the explosion," a police spokesman said. Police suspect Maoist rebels to be behind the blast. The spokesman said further details of the incident were awaited. The rebels have been fighting for a communist republic in Nepal since 1996 and the uprising has so far claimed more than 9,500 lives.

■ Australia

Racists deface synagogue

A Perth synagogue was defaced with anti-semitic graffiti and plastered with posters promoting a far-right fringe group, police said yesterday. The Perth Hebrew Congregation synagogue was targeted on Saturday, a police spokesman said on condition of anonymity. Several other buildings, including a police station and a medical center, were also hit in Perth, the capital of Western Australia. The graffiti was "anti-Jewish, anti-African, anti-everything and everywhere that was hit was attacked with a similar nature," the spokesman said. The buildings were also plastered with hundreds of posters promoting the Australian Nationalist Movement, a far-right hate group with little political influence.

■ Australia

Albanian royal's wife dies

Susan, the Australian wife of Leka, the pretender to the Albanian throne, died on Saturday from a heart condition, a spokesman for the family said. "Her Majesty Susan I Zog is no longer with us," spokesman Fluturak Germenji announced in a short statement. She was 63. Born Susan Barbara Cullen-Ward, she married King Leka in Biarritz in October 1975 after meeting him at a Sidney dinner party. They have a son, also named Leka, who is expected to begin studies this year at Britain's Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.

■ United Kingdom

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