Sun, Jan 09, 2005 - Page 7 News List

World News Quick Take


■ GuamNuclear sub runs aground

A nuclear submarine ran aground about 563km south of Guam, injuring several sailors, one of them critically, the US Navy said. There were no reports of damage to the USS San Francisco's reactor plant, which was operating normally, the Navy said. Jon Yoshishige, a spokesman for the US Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor, said the Friday afternoon incident is under investigation and the 130m submarine was headed back to its home port in Guam. Details on the sailors' injuries were not immediately avail-able. The sub has a crew of 137, officials said. Military and Coast Guard aircraft from Guam were en route to monitor the submarine and assist if needed.

■ Fiji

Top diplomat assaulted

Australia's top diplomat in Fiji was assaulted while jogging in the capital Suva yesterday and was badly injured, a foreign affairs spokeswoman said. "The Australian High Commissioner to Fiji Jennifer Rawson was assaulted in Suva this morning. She is currently in hospital in Suva with serious injuries to her face," the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said. A police investigation is underway into the incident which happened when Rawson was out on a regular morning jog. The spokeswoman said no motive was known for the attack, believed to be by one assailant.

■ South Korea

Fire kills disabled workers

A pre-dawn fire swept through a glove producing factory in a South Korean provincial town yesterday, killing four disabled workers and injuring ten, news reports said. The fire started in the ground floor and then quickly spread upstairs in the two-storey building, where the workers, most of them mentally handicapped, were sleeping, the national Yonhap news agency reported. Police were investigating the cause of the factory fire in Chilgok, 280km south of Seoul. A security guard at a nearby factory told police that an explosion occurred before the fire broke out.

■ China

Man jailed over baby milk

A Chinese man has been jailed for seven years for producing poor quality baby milk powder in a scandal in which at least 13 infants died, state media reported yesterday. Sha Changban, co-founder of Shengbao Dairy Products Company, was sentenced by the Yingdong district court in Fuyang City in eastern Anhui Province for producing and selling substandard milk and fined 50,000 yuan (US$6,000), the China Daily reported. The case was part of a major scandal in Fuyang City last year in which at least 13 babies died and 189 were sickened from malnutrition after drinking the fake formula.

■ Afghanistan

Judge tied to bomb attack

Afghan security forces have detained a supreme court judge suspected of being involved in an August car bomb attack that killed 10 people, including three Americans, in the capital Kabul, a court official said yesterday. The attack targeted offices used by the private US security firm DynCorp, which provides protection to President Hamid Karzai and gives anti-narcotics training to Afghan police. A supreme court official said the arrest of Judge Naqibullah followed the interrogation of two al-Qaeda members detained this month for the bombing. "The security forces several days ago arrested Naqibullah as an accused over the bombing incident," Wahid Mozhda, a spokesman for the supreme court, said.

■ ArgentinaEx-admiral unfit for trial

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