■ ChinaRobbers get away in crane
A subway station in southern China has been forced to delay its opening after an armed gang broke in and stole the escalator, a news report said yesterday. A gang of 24 men held up builders and looted the construction site at Gouwugongyuan station in Shenzhen, stealing an entire escalator and six steel pillars. Terrified security guards stood by as the robbers went back and forth, carrying materials to trucks waiting outside, the South China Morning Post reported. "A few days ago they robbed another site a few kilometers from here," the paper said. "They even sent in a crane to lift their loot onto trucks."
Farmer fined for bird flu
Authorities have fined a farmer for selling chickens infected with a strain of bird flu that has killed 20 people in Vietnam this year, state-controlled media reported yesterday. Tran Van Dung was fined 3 million dong (US$190) for selling the sick chickens at a market in Bac Lieu province, some 300km southwest of Ho Chi Minh City, the Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper said. In June, local authorities discovered at a market 200 slaughtered chickens that tested positive for the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain, the report said. Suspecting the chickens came from Dung's farm, authorities raided his property and found 65 chickens that had been slaughtered for sale, it said.
Landslide death toll rises
The death toll in a landslide that buried a mountain village in southern China rose to 23 yesterday as rescuers used earth-moving equipment to search for missing villagers, state television reported. The landslide hit Zuojiaying, a village in mountainous Guizhou province, at about 3am on Friday, destroying 25 houses as villagers slept. The bodies found so far included five children, the official Xinhua News Agency said. It said the search involved more than 1,000 people using excavators and other equipment. Earlier reports said 16 people were dead and 49 missing.
Revenge attack scars family
A Cambodian family was doused in acid in an apparent revenge attack, Kompong Chhnang district police said yesterday. They said that Chhoeu Lakena, 30, was watching television with her daughter Chhoeu On, four, her son Ratanak, seven, and her mother, Um Borung, 57, when a woman walked into their home and doused them with acid, causing severe injuries. "The attacker apparently acted in revenge after accusations in the village that Lakena had persuaded one villager's daughter to fall in love with a man her mother did not approve of. Lakena and her daughter On were seriously burned on the face, back and hands. The others received less serious burns but are probably scarred for life," police said.
Terror suspects longer in jail
Three suspected members of Jemaah Islamiyah who have been detained in Malaysia without charge since 2002 will be held for another two years, a security official said yesterday. Nik Abdul Rahman Mustapha, Bakkery Mahmud and Abdul Murad Sudin were arrested in October 2002 under the Internal Security Act, which allows for the indefinite imprisonment of terror suspects without trial. Detention orders for the three suspected members expired on Thursday and Friday and, following a standard review, the Internal Security Ministry served fresh orders for them to spend another two years in jail.