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■ Cambodia

Student killed for studying

Police said an 11-year-old student was in serious condition in hospital on Tuesday after his teenage cousin attacked him with an axe for refusing to leave his homework to go out and buy noodles. Police said that Kung Vannak, 11, was engrossed in his studies on Monday when his cousin Horn Khun Ly, 19, demanded he leave the house to buy him noodle soup. When Kung Vannak refused, his cousin became enraged and chopped him three times in the head with an axe, Meanchey district deputy police chief Em Lim Hel said. Local media reported that Khun Ly had recently been forced to leave his own studies to find work to support his family.

■ Pakistan

Cinema bomb kills two

A bomb exploded in a cinema during a screening early yesterday in northwestern Pakistan, killing two people and injuring 29 others, including a man who was suspected in the blast and arrested, police said. The explosion happened after midnight at the cinema in Mingora, the main town in the hill resort district of Swat, about 120km northeast of Peshawar. It was not known how many people were inside the cinema when the bomb exploded under a seat. At least three of the 29 injured were in serious condition while many others were treated for minor injuries at a hospital in Mingora, police said.

■ Japan

Octogenarian love hurts

An 82-year-old Japanese woman who suspected her 80-year-old husband of cheating on her tried to kill him with an axe yesterday while he was asleep in bed, officials said. Mitsu Horie brought out the wood-chopping axe at around 1am but, luckily for husband Kodo Horie, she only used the 85cm-long handle. "The suspect believed the victim was involved with another woman. She said she wanted to kill him," said a police spokesman in Ibaraki province, 150km north of Tokyo. Kodo was already unconscious when paramedics arrived to take him to hospital, where he was being treated for serious wounds to the skull from several blows to the head.

■ Singapore

Crackdown on undesirables

Singapore immigration officers will be allowed to carry firearms under toughened laws aimed at keeping undocumented immigrants out of the city-state. Amendments to a law passed in Parliament Tuesday strengthen the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority's (ICA's) enforcement powers against "undesirable foreigners," said Senior Minister of State for Law Ho Peng Kee. Officers carrying firearms will receive training, Ho said, and only officers who need them, such as those who go on undocumented immigrant raids, will be armed. Harsher punishments will also be imposed on those caught using forged travel documents.

■ New Zealand

New dolphin species spotted

The Fraser's dolphin species has been seen in New Zealand waters for the first time, bringing the number of marine mammal species found off the coast to 51, more than any other country, the Department of Conser-vation said yesterday. It said four pods of the dolphins were sighted on Nov. 9 about 240km north of Cape Reinga, at the top of the North Island, by a Royal New Zealand Air Force maritime surveillance aircraft. New Zealand marine mammal expert Alan Baker said photographs taken by the plane were confirmed as Fraser's dolphins

■ Mexico

Farmers strip in protest

Some 400 farmers marched in their underwear in the streets of downtown Mexico City on Tuesday, then ended their protest at the main square by stripping off all their clothes. The farmers want Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to return a parcel of land they claim City Hall took from them. About 50 women and children participated in the protest, which ended in front of the mayor's office.

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