■ IndonesiaBomb threat was a hoax
Indonesian police said yesterday they have arrested a woman suspected of sending a hoax bomb threat that forced the closure of the British and Thai embassies in Jakarta. On Friday, National Police Chief General Da'i Bachtiar said the threat may have been the work of a person linked to Indonesia's most wanted men -- Malaysian terror suspects Azahari bin Husin and Noordin Mohamed Top. But yesterrday, a Jakarta police spokesman said the threat was in fact based on a woman's desire to keep her boyfriend -- a security guard at the Thai embassy -- in Jakarta.
Security budget boosted
Nepal's government boosted security spending by 9 percent Friday in a bid to crush an increasingly deadly Maoist insurgency aimed at toppling the monarchy in the poverty-stricken nation. The increase came a day after a government ultimatum for the rebels to resume peace talks expired with no reply from the guerrillas, who have been fighting since 1996 to install a communist republic in the Himalayan kingdom. In the supplementary budget, the government boosted security spending by US$18.8 million, adding to the US$221 million already earmarked for the anti-rebel offensive in the financial year that began last July.
Priest murdered by drunk
Police investigating the murder of a Roman Catholic priest in Indonesia said yesterday the cleric was killed by a man who had been reprimanded for drinking. Police said the suspect attacked Father Thomas Harsidiyono with a blunt object at the compound of a Catholic retreat in the town of Purworejo in Central Java province on Friday. Provincial detective chief Muhammad Zulkarnaen was quoted by the Detikcom news Web site as saying that the murder was not religiously motivated. "The motive was purely criminal. He was angry because he was reprimanded for drinking liquor at the compound," Zulkarnaen said.
Man executed for bombings
A man who planted bombs in the northern city of Xian last year to avenge the death of his son has been executed, state media reported yesterday. Gao Delong, the former manager of a metal supplier in Xian, was executed by firing squad in the city on Thursday, Beijing News reported. He became embittered after his teenage son was beaten to death by seven youngsters in November 1998 and sought to take revenge on their relatives, it said. He planted several bombs in residential buildings in the city's Lianhu district on the night of Jan. 26, said the newspaper. Three of them exploded the next day but caused no injuries.
Boy gets six-organ transplant
An 11-month-old Japanese boy smiled and laughed in his mother's arms as doctors talked of his progress from a six-organ transplant, an operation done here because children's organ donations are banned in Japan. Yosuke Ohashi underwent the 8 1/2-hour transplant of a liver, pancreas, stomach, small and large intestines and spleen on Dec. 24 at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Medical Center. "Finally we got the gift of God on Christmas Eve," said Yukiho Ohashi, the boy's father. Yosuke, who has a healthy twin sister, was 5 months old when diagnosed with ``mid gut volvulus.'' The condition, where the intestine twists around its root, left him with only a tiny portion of his small bowel and large intestine.