Boss to be executed for duel
A Chinese boss who forced two of his employees to fight each other naked on a cold winter night and later beat and killed one of them has been sentenced to death, state media reported yesterday. Wang Lixin, who ran an automobile repair shop at Zhangjiakou in northern Hebei Province, ordered the duel last December after one of the employees broke the window of a car, the Procuratorial Daily reported. Wang forced the two employees to strip naked and beat each other while standing in a courtyard and poured hot water on them as they fought, the report said. After the employee who broke the window beat the other employee Zong Zhenjun to the ground, Wang grabbed a strip of rubber sealant and hit Zong until he foamed at the mouth.
Monks frequent prostitutes
Three Buddhist monks were arrested and disrobed after they were caught outside a local brothel and confessed to devoting their days to Buddha and their nights to beer and prostitutes, police said yesterday. Hin Kimhun, 20, Chea Saroeun, 23, and Lim Chantha, 24, were arrested when police became suspicious and questioned them about their shaven heads and eyebrows -- the marks of Buddhist monks. They confessed and were immediately taken to the chief monk, who disrobed them, Nup Sam Ol, deputy chief of Prey Nop police in the coastal municipality of Sihanoukville, 240km south of the capital told reporters.
■ New Zealand
Magnitude 7 quake strikes
A massive earthquake which shook New Zealand's South Island yesterday was the eighth of magnitude 7 or more on the Richter scale recorded in the world this year, the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences reported. The quake, which registered 7.2, rattled people living along the 1,000km length of the South Island from Stewart Island to Nelson, and toppled articles from shelves in a number of towns in the far south, though there were no reports of injuries or serious damage.
Women groped on trains
Nearly 64 percent of Japanese women in their 20s and 30s surveyed said they have been groped on trains, subways or at transit stations in Tokyo, according to a news report yesterday. Women polled by the Tokyo metropolitan government and railway operator JR East found almost two-thirds were fondled while commuting on the transit system, the national Yomiuri newspaper reported. Groping has long been a problem on Tokyo's crowded commuter trains and subways, during the morning and late-night rush hours. In recent years "women only" cars have been used in December, when trains are often packed with hordes of drunken and unruly male office workers on their way home from year-end company parties.
US warns of terrorist attacks
The US warned Monday that terrorist attacks on American interests may be imminent in the Indian cities of New Delhi and Mumbai and said it would temporarily close some diplomatic offices in Mumbai as a precaution. "Based on information received by the US government, terrorists may be planning attacks on US interests in India in the near future," the US embassy in New Delhi and consulate in Mumbai said in a notice to Americans. "Although not specific, the information suggests that an attack could be aimed at US interests in the cities of New Delhi or Mumbai," the missions said.
■ United Kingdom
Airport gets `naked' scanner