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■ China

Man tears teacher's ear off

An enraged grandfather stormed into a school in southern China and ripped off the ear of a woman teacher in revenge for her clipping his granddaughter's ear, a news report said yesterday. The attack took place after the teacher mildly clipped the girl's ear for running around in the classroom, the Hong Kong edition of the China Daily said. When he learned of the incident, the grandfather stormed into the school in Wuhua county, Guangdong Province, and tore the teacher's ear off, the newspaper reported. The teacher was rushed to a nearby hospital where surgeons managed to reattach the ear.

■ Vietnam

Police seize explosives

Police have seized 930kg of explosives and arrested three men, an officer said yesterday. A van, driven by 48-year-old Pham Dinh Bi, was stopped by traffic police in a town 58km south of Hanoi last Thursday, said a senior officer who asked not to be named. "Bi then tried to bribe the arresting officers with seven dollars, but failed," the police officer said. Police also discovered 2,000 fuses in the van. "All three people are now being kept at the provincial police station for further investigations as none of them admitted owning the explosives and fuses," according to the traffic officer.

■ Singapore

Impostor-thief gets jail time

A Myanmar man has been sentenced by a Singapore court to four years in prison and six lashes with a cane after posing as a flight attendant to pick up men in nightclubs and then stealing from them, a newspaper reported yesterday. Chan Zo Zo, 24, prowled Singapore's nightclubs to find his victims, calling himself "Michelle" and claiming he was a flight attendant, The Straits Times newspaper reported. Chan then swiped credit cards, cash and cell phones from the men while they were asleep in a spree that began in September last year and ended in August this year, the report said. Among his victims were two Britons, a Japanese and a Belgian man, the paper said.

■ Hong Kong

Maid wins compensation

A Sri Lankan maid jailed after being falsely accused of stealing a pair of sandals from her Hong Kong employer has won US$30,000 compensation, a report said yesterday. Godagan Deniyalage Prema spent 19 days in prison after being convicted in 2002 of stealing the sandals before being released on bail pending her appeal, the South China Morning Post reported. At a hearing Monday, a judge ruled her employer and employment agency conspired to prosecute Godagan for stealing the sandals, which were in fact a gift from her employer.

■ New Zealand

Refugees denied asylum

The government will not accept a high profile family of asylum seekers who are being deported from Australia, which has refused to accept them as refugees, Immigration Minister Paul Swain said yesterday. Swain said he would not consider a call to take Ali and Roqia Bakhtiyari and their six children because the New Zealand government would not interfere in Australia's refugee determination process, Radio New Zealand reported. Centacare, a Catholic welfare agency based in Adelaide, wrote to Swain after Australian Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone said that the family, which has had 20 legal applications for asylum refused during four years in Australia, should leave.

■ France

Brothel visits spark row

An internationally renowned public prosecutor is under investigation for allegedly stealing a colleague's credit card and using it to pay for visits to a German brothel. Pierre Hontang, the public prosecutor of the south-western French town of Bayonne, is accused of having paid for the services of a prostitute at a conference at which he gave a keynote speech on the "fundamental ethical principles for the public prosecution service." The CSM, the governing council of France's magistrature, confirmed yesterday that the justice ministry had asked it to suspend Hontang with immediate effect.

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