Man held for teen stabbings
Chinese police have arrested a 21-year-old man suspected of stabbing eight teenagers to death as they slept in a school dormitory, the latest in a wave of school attacks in China, state media said yesterday. Yan Yanming was arrested in dirt-poor Ruzhou, central Henan Province, on Friday when his mother turned him in to police after he attempted suicide at home, media said. Twelve students were stabbed, eight died and four were wounded, two of them critically, it said. No motive was given for the murders, but the Beijing Youth Daily said Yan was hostile towards his victims, who were students at an expensive boarding school. It was the sixth attack on schoolchildren in just four months, prompting schools in Beijing and other cities to recruit security guards to protect students.
Man's death sparks rioting
Police arrested nine people yesterday for their involvement in a violent rampage by hundreds of Aborigines who torched a police station and court building on an island off Australia's east coast. About 80 extra police officers were flown to Palm Island, off the coast of Queensland state, after some 300 Aborigines rioted Friday following the release of autopsy details on local resident Cameron Doomadgee, 36, who was found dead in police custody Nov. 19. According to the autopsy, he had four broken ribs and appeared to have died of a punctured lung. The rioters apparently believed the finding confirmed their suspicion that Doomadgee was a victim of police brutality.
VCD of beatings blocked
The Thai government is moving to suppress a video CD of security forces beating Muslim protestors in the restive south on a day in which 87 demonstrators died, officials said yesterday. "The VCD producers want to create more violence," said spokesman Major General Balangura Klaharn. The VCD shows soldiers beating and trampling on protesters whose hands are bound behind their backs after a riot at Tak Bai in Narathiwat province on Oct. 25, according to the Bangkok Post.
■ Hong Kong
Fire edges toward Disney
Firemen were yesterday battling to stop a raging hill fire which was edging close to the US$3 billion Disney theme park on Hong Kong's Lantau Island. Helicopters were flying over the fierce blaze and dumping water to try to stop it reaching the under-construction theme park at Penny's Bay, due to open next September. The fire began Friday and at one stage came within metres of homes at the expatriate housing development Discovery Bay on the opposite side of the island to the Disney park. Fanned by strong winds, it switched direction overnight and started heading towards the Disney theme park.
Pissing threatens bridge
A landmark bridge in Indonesia's Sumatra island may collapse because too many people are fond of urinating on one of its steel pillars, a report said yesterday. Public works officials have found that the Ampera bridge, the landmark of Palembang city, the capital of South Sumatra province, has begun to lean on an angle and rocks slightly when traffic is heavy, the Jakarta Post said. An official at the public works department in Palembang, Azmi Lakoni, was quoted as saying the bridge had deteriorated because people often took a leak on one of its piers, corroding the structure.
Rebel leader's aide killed