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Malaysia

Police search for bombers

Malaysia tightened entry points yesterday to keep watch for two long-sought Malaysian Islamic militants who are believed to have built the car bomb that exploded outside Australia's embassy in Indonesia. Azahari Husin, a British-trained engineer, and Noordin Mohammed Top disappeared from Malaysia three years ago during a crackdown against the al-Qaeda-allied Jemaah Islamiyah terror group. They have since been linked to blasts on Bali that killed 202 people in October 2002, and to last year's suicide bombing that killed 12 at the J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta.

Nepal

Rebels bomb checkpoint

Maoist rebels detonated a bomb at a checkpoint in southern Nepal yesterday, killing two policemen and injuring eight civilians. The explosion at the checkpoint near the town of Bhirahawa, about 280km southwest of Kathmandu, killed the two policeman on the spot. The eight injured were passengers inside a bus that was waiting for a security check, police officials said. They've been taken to a hospital and are in stable condition. A local rebel leader called reporters in the town and claimed responsibility for the blast.

China

Trio executed for car thefts

Three people were executed after being convicted of stealing six luxury vehicles and strangling their drivers, state press said yesterday. Li Xiaoping, Wang Qinghai and Cheng Long were executed on Thursday after being found guilty of stealing five Mercedes Benzs and one Audi and murdering the drivers in a spree that began in July 2001, the Beijing Daily Messenger reported. Li, 41 was identified as the ringleader in the sales of the cars, valued at over 5.9 million yuan (US$712,000), the paper said. The group would wait outside the gates of upscale apartment blocks in Beijing or just tail the cars before hijacking them and killing the drivers, it said.

Thailand

Smuggled pangolins saved

Customs officials yesterday saved 300 pangolins from being eaten after tracking a smuggled shipment of the animals hidden in a rubber plantation near the Thai-Malaysian border. Acting on a tip-off, customs officials and police raided a rubber plantation in Badang Besar, a Thai-Malaysian border pass 760km south of Bangkok. They discovered 300 live pangolins packed in boxes, said customs official Ittiwat Thipthat. "There has been a big increase in pangolin smuggling," Ittiwat said. "There must be big orders coming in from restaurants specializing in jungle meats or for re-export to other countries."

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Hong Kong

Man jailed for maid rape

A bus driver who pleaded guilty to trying to rape his Filipino maid has been jailed for three years and nine months, a newspaper reported yesterday. The High Court heard that Chan Lam-kin, 47, entered the bedroom of the 28-year-old victim on Sept. 26 last year. "I want you to be my wife," the South China Morning Post quoted him as saying before he attempted to rape the woman, who came to Hong Kong to work for Chan in July last year. She was not identified. Chan left the room after the attack and the victim -- who suffered bruises to her neck, back and shoulder as she struggled to fend him off -- called her cousin for help. Chan was later arrested and pleaded guilty to attempted rape.

Grenada

Hurricane bashes Grenada

Hurricane Ivan left Grenada a wasteland of flattened houses, twisted metal and splintered wood as it bore down on Jamaica with deadly winds and monstrous waves, prompting the Jamaican government to order a half million people to flee their homes. The death toll in the Caribbean stood at 23 and was expected to rise. Ivan, a Category IV hurricane with winds of 230kph, was forecast to make a direct hit on Jamaica yesterday afternoon. The hurricane devastated Grenada on Tuesday, tossing sailboats against shore, tearing apart buildings and setting off frenzies of looting. "The destruction is worse than I've ever seen," said Michael Steele, a 34-year-old resident whose home was completely destroyed. "We're left with nothing."

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