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■ PhilippinesReporters in shootout

Unknown gunmen opened fire on three journalists in the central Philippines in the latest attack on the media in the Philippines, police said yesterday. The journalists from Bantay Radyo (Guardian Radio) returned fire after the attack on Thursday in the city of Cebu which happened as they were about to get into their vehicle, a police report said. Nobody was hurt in the incident. Police gave no motive for the attack which came after provincial newspaper and radio journalist Arnel Manalo was shot dead in Batangas province, just south of Manila.

■ China

Thousands flee mall fire

A fire that began in a food stall forced some 2,000 people to flee a Chinese shopping mall yesterday but caused no deaths or injuries, local officials and a news report said. The fire was reported shortly after 10am at the Big Capital Shopping Mall in the southwestern city of Chongqing and the mall was ordered evacuated, an official of its management office said. He would give only his surname, Zhou. The fire started in the kitchen of a food stall on the mall's seventh floor, Zhou said. He said the top two floors of the eight-story building are filled with food vendors, while shops occupy the rest.

■ India

Rapist must pay for child

An Indian court has ordered a father of six to pay US$1,080 to the child born as a result of his raping an 18-year-old girl in 1996, it was reported yesterday. The sessions court in New Delhi found Mohammad Rashid, 38, guilty of raping the girl on Nov. 15, 1996, and sentenced him to two years imprisonment, the Times of India newspaper reported. The rape victim died immediately after giving birth to the child. A DNA test had proved that Rashid was the biological father of the boy, who is now eight, and lives with his maternal grandmother.

■ China

Doctors groom hairiest man

The world's "hairiest man" was recovering at a Shanghai hospital yesterday after undergoing an operation to remove hair that had impaired his hearing, a hospital official and state media said. Yu Zhenhuan, a 26-year-old Chinese singer, had lost one-third of his hearing due to excess hair inside his ears and had suffered from constant headaches, the Xinhua news agency reported. He underwent a four-hour operation at a Shanghai hospital Friday where doctors cut skin from his ears, removed the hair and follicles to prevent the hair from growing back and then reattached the skin to his ears. Yu was listed in 2002 as the world's hairiest man by the Guinness Book of Records. Ninety-six percent of hiss body is covered with hair, except for his palms and the soles of his feet, Xinhua said.

■ Indonesia

Timor convictions overturned

An Indonesian appeals court has overturned the convictions of three army officers and one policeman for crimes against humanity during violence in 1999 over East Timor's independence that left some 1,500 people dead. The court has also reduced to 5 years from 10 years the prison sentence of Eurico Guterres, who led paramilitary gangs recruited by the Indonesian army to suppress East Timor's independence movement. The decisions, delivered two weeks ago but only released on Friday, may mark the end of legal processes against 18 people in all -- 16 security officers and 2 civilians -- indicted by an Indonesian human rights tribunal on East Timor.

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