Mon, Oct 04, 2004 - Page 5 News List

World News Quick Take

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■ SingaporeYoung bomb victim recovers

A five-year-old Indonesian girl critically injured in last month's Australian embassy bombing in Jakarta has made a remarkable recovery and will leave hospital this week, press reports said yesterday. Elisabeth Manuela Musu posed for a photograph in a wheelchair. "When she came to the hospital, she was almost dead," neurosurgeon Wang Hui Fen told the Straits Times. "Both her pupils were not reacting, which means that statistically she had a less than 5 percent chance of making it." She was expected to leave the hospital today.

■ Thailand

Dog contracts bird flu

Asia's deadly bird flu has been found in a dog for the first time in Thailand, authorities said yesterday, as the country battles a second major outbreak of the virus this year. The H5N1 virus was discovered in a dog in an area where previous cases had been found in humans and poultry, Health Ministry spokeswoman Nittaya Chanruangmahaphol said. Thai newspapers reported yesterday that the dog was still alive.

■ Peru

Fujimori's wealth located

Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, who fled to Japan from a corruption probe, has hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign and domestic bank accounts, far more than he could ever have earned as president, Peru's Controller of the Currency has reported. Fujimori has denied wrongdoing but authorities say some US$275 million is proof that he stole public money while in office. Peru has been asking Japan to extradite Fujimori, but Japan has thus far refused. Prosecutors say Fujimori stole donations by Japanese charities from 1990 to 2000. Fujimori claims that in the days of his presidency he earned only the equivalent of US$600 a month.

■ Bangladesh

Editor slain with axes

An editor of a newspaper in Bogra was killed early yesterday by five ax-wielding youths who appeared to be professional killers, police said. Dipankar Chakroborty, 59, editor of the daily Durjoy Bangla, was heading home when the gang struck, police said. "Some five criminals did this murder, and from the type of attack it seems they were professional killers," said Nurul Islam of the Bogra police. Paris-based Reporters Without Borders has said at least 26 Bangladeshi reporters were attacked or threatened in January alone.

■ Hong Kong

Filipino maids protest fees

More than 200 Filipino maids protested outside their government's consulate in Hong Kong yesterday, denouncing its contract and passport fees, police and an organizer said. The workers chanted slogans criticizing the HK$212.50 (US$27) charge for authenticating maid contracts and its HK$425 passport fee, said protest organizer Eman Villanueva. He called the authentication fee "a moneymaking scheme" because Hong Kong immigration officials don't require the contracts of foreign maids to be authenticated, while the passport fee is much higher than the HK$100 charged in the Philippines.

■ SerbiaSerbs hold second election

Serbian voters went to the polls for the second round of local elections yesterday to choose between moderate and ultra-nationlist candidates for mayors in cities and towns throughout the country. These are the first democratic local elections in Serbia since nationalist president strongman Slobodan Milosevic and his regime were ousted in October 2000. Serbian reformist President Boris Tadic and moderate nationalist Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica have joined forces since the first round of the local elections on Sept. 19, in a bid to strengthen the democratic bloc and defeat the hardline nationalist Serbian Radical Party.

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