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■ North Korea

More children wanted

The duty of North Korean women is to bear many children and raise them as workers for the state, Pyongyang said yesterday as it celebrated the anniversary of a gender equality law. The population of the state where famine is believed to have killed more than a million people since the mid-1990s has shrunk to about 22.5 million from 22.8 million in 1999, government figures show. Leader Kim Jong-il described the North's 1946 gender equality law as "unthought of in any other country," said the Rodong Sinmun, the daily newspaper of the ruling Workers Party of Korea.

■ China

Cannibal to get death

A woman who killed her gambler husband and then cooked and ate part of his body has been sentenced to death in northern China, a news report said yesterday. Zhang Shuzhen clubbed her husband to death in April after arguing with him over how he always left her to play mahjong. She then chopped up his body, cooked the pieces and ate part of it, putting what was left in a pot, according to the South China Morning Post. Zhang, from Jilin province, reportedly told police: "I wanted my husband to be always with me, so I ate part of him."

■ South Korea

Student fined for attack

A South Korean student has been fined 10 million won (US$8,500) for taking part in a group attack on three American soldiers that triggered an official US protest, court officials said yesterday. The 24-year-old was sentenced Thursday for his part in the assault in September 2002. After the attack on a Seoul subway train one of the off-duty soldiers was forcibly detained for several hours by the students and paraded at a memorial ceremony for two girls who were killed in an accident involving a US military vehicle.

■ Cambodia

Acid thrown on mother, baby

A jealous mistress in Cambodia took revenge by going to the home of her boyfriend's wife and hurling a bottle of acid over her and into the face of her infant son, police said on Friday. The woman had been feeling neglected by her 32-year-old boyfriend since his wife had given birth to their four-month-old son, a deputy provincial police chief said. Police allege that in an act of revenge, the mistress bought some acid and knocked on the family's door in the early hours of Thursday morning. The new mother carried her baby with her on her hip to answer the door and the pair caught the full force of the acid in their faces. Police said the mother and child were not expected to live and that the baby was in a particularly serious condition.

■ Turkey

Crash kills 26

A truck collided with a bus in eastern Turkey, triggering a chain-reaction crash that killed 26 people and injured about 30, police said yesterday. An Iranian-registered truck crashed into the intercity bus late Thursday, near the town of Tercan in Erzincan province, some 700km east of Ankara, a police official in Tercan said. A minivan then crashed into the two, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The driver and another passenger in the truck were killed along with the bus' driver and 23 passengers inside, the police official said. Passengers riding in the minivan were injured.

■ Belgium

Blast kills at least 15

At least 15 people were killed and 100 injured in a huge explosion at a gas works yesterday outside Brussels, authorities said. The explosion in the industrial area of Ghislenghien, about 30km southeast of Brussels, was felt 10km away, authorities told Belgian media. Jean-Jacques Perrin, police inspector in nearby Ath, told the Belgian news agency Belga that at least 10 people died and others were injured. There were no details on the cause of the blast. The E429 motorway through the area was closed in both directions, with cars forced to exit at Ath or Enghien.

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