Troops arrest rebels
Philippine troops guarding a group of Japanese film makers shooting a docu-mentary on a southern island have arrested two Muslem Abu Sayyaf rebels, a marines spokesman said yesterday. Captain Rommel Abrau said the two rebels were aboard a motorboat when they were intercepted last weekend by soldiers off Sitangkai island, 1,120km south of Manila. "Our troops seized two automatic rifles and several rounds of ammunition from the captured rebels," Abrau said. "We are still determining if the two were actually spying on the foreigners."
Man kills lover for bike
A Hanoi court sentenced a man to death on Monday, after he was convicted of killing his girlfriend in order to steal her motorbike. Nguyen Khac Diep, 22, was convicted of bludgeoning his girlfriend, Nguyen Thi Phuong Anh, 19, to death with a hammer in Hanoi on Oct. 27 this year, a senior official from Hanoi Peoples Court said. After killing the girl at her home, Diep stole her motorbike, mobile phone and a digital camera worth almost US$1,000. "Diep was arrested on Oct. 30, after trying to sell the stolen goods," the official said. Since the beginning of this year, Vietnam has executed 62 prisoners, handed down 60 death penalties and upheld 50 death sentences.
Drink kills stray roach
How do you remove a stray cockroach jammed in the ear? Get the roach drunk. A doctor in the southeastern Chinese port city of Xiamen plucked a 1.5cm roach from a 12-year-old boy's ear with tweezers four minutes after dousing it with alcohol, the official China Daily news-paper reported on Tuesday. The doctor at the city's Zhongshan Hospital, who wasn't further identified, sees up to two patients each month with similar insect problems, the paper said. "Victims of similar intrusions should seek medical help and not attempt to remove the cockroach themselves as there was a real risk of the eardrum being damaged," the report said.
Dissident asks Powell's help
The US lawyer representing high-profile dissident Yang Jianli, who has suffered a stroke while in a Chinese jail, said yesterday he had asked US Secretary of State Colin Powell to help in securing medical parole for his client. A letter was sent to Powell just hours after Yang met his brother, sister and nephew in his Beijing jail for his first encounter with relatives since being arrested two-and-a-half years ago, according to lawyer Jared Genser. Yang, who is serving a five-year sentence for espionage, told his family that he had suffered a minor stroke in late July and that he was hospitalized for a week afterwards.
Search for UFO is on
Thousands of villagers in northwest China's Gansu Province were combing the hills in search of an uniden-tified flying object believed to be large meteorite. The object is thought to have hit the rural suburbs, about 60km from downtown Lanzhou on Sat-urday night, causing a loud explosion recorded by the Gansu Provincial Seismology Bureau, the China Daily said. Elderly people and young children alike in Yuzhong County amassed on Tuesday and scattered themselves in the hills in search of what experts think could be a one tonne object, the Beijing News said. Three large silver-colored unusual looking stones that are believed to be fragments from the meteorite were found.