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■ Singapore

Baby-killing detective jailed

A private investigator was sentenced to four years in a Singapore jail over the death of his lover's baby by pouring oil into the 7-month-old girl's mouth, news reports said yesterday. Teo Chee Seng, 35, pleaded guilty on Monday to manslaughter, The Straits Times said. The death of Jovanna Goh Jia Ying of acute salicylic acid poisoning was a twist to a relationship that started when the mother, Tay Seoh Hong, 31, hired Teo in April 2000 to check on her husband, whom she suspected of having an affair. Two months later, the mother and the investigator became lovers, the court heard. Frustrated by the baby's incessant crying, Teo applied medical oil to the infant's lips and nostrils. When that failed, he poured the contents a new bottle of oil into her mouth.

■ Hong Kong

Wishing tree gets last wish

Residents were banned yesterday from hanging offerings and requests on a century-old wishing tree after an overburdened branch fell off, injuring two people. The tree was cordoned off late Monday to Lunar New Year crowds, and people were told to pin their wishes and offerings to a nearby fence instead. An elderly man and a 4-year-old boy were injured when an 8m-long branch fell from the tree Saturday in Hong Kong's Tai Po district.

■ Hong Kong

Flu-struck Tung urged to rest

The territory's 67-year-old Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa (董建華) pulled out of attending two Lunar New Year receptions yesterday because of illness. The Beijing-appointed chief executive, who rarely takes time off and boasts of working from 7am to 11pm daily, was advised by doctors to rest after being diagnosed with the flu, his office said. Tung's illness is likely to revive previous speculation that he could step down due to ill health before his second five-year term runs out in 2007. A former shipping magnate, Tung has run Hong Kong since it was returned to Chinese sovereignty by Britain in 1997.

■ Pakistan

Rocket hits troop positions

Rocket attacks against security forces in southern Pakistan damaged a vehicle and part of a protective wall at one of the compounds, an official said yesterday. No one was wounded. In the first attack on Monday, four rockets landed near a post of the Frontier Corps in Naushki, a town about southeast of Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province, said Lieutenant Colonel Rizwan Malik, a spokesman for the force. One rocket struck a pickup truck that was parked near the check post, smashing the vehicle's windows and its body. Three other rockets slammed into a nearby field, Malik said. In the second attack the same day, five rockets were fired at a base housing paramilitary troops in the tribal town of Kohlu and one of them struck and damaged a perimeter wall at the compound, he said.

■ China

Quake rattles northwest

An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale rocked northwest Xinjiang region yesterday, close to where a similar strength tremor killed more than 260 people in 2003. The quake struck at 7:38am with the epicenter in remote Wushi county near the border with Kyrgyzstan, according to the State Seismological Bureau. There were no immediate reports of casualties. A 6.8 magnitude earthquake in February 2003 in the same vicinity in the foothills of the Tianshan Mountains which separate the area from Kyrgyzstan claimed 268 lives and razed 20,000 houses.

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