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■ Philippines

Man forgets killing wife

A drunken farmer nailed his wife's mouth shut and beat her to death in front of their children, then prepared breakfast the next day without realizing he had killed her, police said yesterday. Police called to the house of Rodolfo and Vilma Porras in Manapla, central Philippines, on Saturday found the 40-year-old woman dead in her bed with nails driven through her mouth and the back of both knees. Police officer Eliseo Solaban said two of the couple's four children, a girl aged 10 and a boy of eight, told investigators their father beat their mother to death with an iron and drenched her with boiling water after coming home drunk.

■ Nepal

Guerrillas hunted

Police and soldiers hunted yesterday for communist rebels who have kidnapped dozens of schoolchildren from the outskirts of the capital, officials said. On Sunday afternoon, rebels took 12 teachers and about 50 children aged 15 to 16 years from their school in Chiamale village, about 25km south of Katmandu, police said. Over the past few months, hundreds of students have been kidnapped by rebels conducting what they call training. The rebels usually take the children to rural villages where they lecture them about their campaign for a communist state, then free them a few days later. The rebels say they want to replace Nepal's monarchy with a communist state.

■ Indonesia

Militants attack church

An unidentified attacker sprayed bullets into an Indonesian church during an evening service, killing a woman priest and injuring four others, police said yesterday. Sunday's attack was the latest in a series by suspected Islamic extremists on Christian targets in Central Sulawesi province, where hundreds of police and troops have been deployed to prevent a new outbreak of sectarian conflict. One of a group of five attackers burst into the Effata Presbyterian church in the provincial capital Palu and opened fire around 7pm, said provincial police spokesman Victor Batara.

■ India

Bus crash kills 40

At least 40 people were killed yesterday in a bus accident near the town of Laxmipur in eastern India's West Bengal state, police said. Police spokesman Sandanu Kar told reporters the bus carrying at least 50 passengers was traveling "at breakneck speed" mid-morning when the driver lost control and the vehicle careered into a ditch. Laxmipur, in Malda district, is about 355km north of the state capital Calcutta. West Bengal Police Inspector-General Chanyan Mukherjee confirmed the death toll and added that an unknown number of injured had been taken to hospital near Laxmipur.

■ China

Bomb kills 2, injures 3

Two people died and three people were injured after a bomb exploded in a litter bin outside a cinema in southern China, state media said yesterday. The explosion killed two men on Saturday night in a square outside the cinema in Shenzhen, an affluent city that borders Hong Kong, the Beijing News and other media said. Police had no initial leads on the motives behind the bombing, the newspaper said. They were searching for a man dressed in white who was seen placing a suspicious package in the litter bin about half an hour before the explosion. The explosives were packed into a 40cm-long metal pipe, the official Xinhua news agency said.

■ United Kingdom

Secret file found on road

A confidential police file on counterterrorism operations around London's Heathrow airport was found on a road by a passing motorist, the Sun reported yesterday. Police launched an inquiry into how the file had gone missing. The papers show 62 sites at the airport where a group such as al-Qaeda was most likely to launch anti-aircraft missile strikes, including key facts about escape routes, evacuation plans and road closures, as well as police data on patrol times, use of dog units and deployment of rooftop snipers. London's main airport has repeatedly been the focus of security operations as police are said to believe hand-held anti-aircraft missiles could have been smuggled into Britain.

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