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■ Australia
18 feared dead in crash

A plane with 18 people aboard crashed in bad weather in the remote north, probably killing everyone, rescue authorities said yesterday. The plane had been due at Lockhart River, an Aboriginal community of 350 people in Queensland state, about noon, Australian Search and Rescue spokes- woman Tracey Jiggins said. Wreckage burning in dense tropical forest was spotted from a search aircraft 11km northwest of the Lockhart River air strip late yesterday, Jiggins said. Two pilots and 16 passengers were aboard, she said, but it was unknown if there were any survivors.

■ Nepal

Helicopter rescues climbers

A helicopter evacuated injured climbers from Mount Everest yesterday, two days after they were hit by an avalanche on the world's highest peak, rescuers said. The helicopter brought back two American, two Canadian and a Nepalese Sherpa guide to Kathmandu, where they were being treated for the injuries. They had been stranded on the base camp since Thursday. No one was killed in the avalanche, which swept through the first of four camps set up between Everest's base camp and the mountain's 8,850m summit.

■ Hong Kong

Tycoon donates HK$1b

Tycoon Li Ka-shing (李嘉誠) has donated HK$1 billion (US$1.283 billion) to the University of Hong Kong in what is believed to be a record contribution to a university in Asia, The Standard daily reported yesterday. The cash has been given by the Li Ka-shing Foundation, which said the money should be used for the university's development.

■ Vietnam

200-year old mummy found

The well-preserved remains of a 200-year-old mummy in Hanoi have been discovered, buried in layers of fine silk, an archaeologist said yesterday. The corpse -- estimated to be a man who died in his early sixties -- was unearthed last week by workers at a construction site, said Nguyen Lan Cuong of the National Institute of Archaeology. Cuong said the corpse was placed in a two-layer wooden coffin and sealed by a covering of limestone, sand, syrup and paper, and had remained intact. The remains were to be reburied later yesterday because experts were struggling to preserve it, Cuong said, adding that they had determined the man was not a famous historical figure.

■ Pakistan

Jolie meets president

Hollywood star and UN goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie met with President Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad to discuss the fate of millions of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan, the government said yesterday. Jolie later told reporters that she did not back Musharraf's suggestion on Friday to repatriate the refugees. "If we move people after 25 years to another camp, we would not be finding a solution," she said. She began working with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in 2001, and has visited refugee camps throughout the world.

■ Cambodia

Abbot defrocked for karaoke

A Buddhist abbot accused of singing karaoke and wearing normal clothes has been defrocked, a newspaper reported on Friday. Police and villagers nabbed the monk, 21, as he returned last week to his temple wearing civilian clothes instead of his robes, the Cambodia Daily reported. Monks are not allowed to wear normal clothes or seek pleasure.

■ United Nations
Darfur `needs more troops'

The African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur needs to be strengthened but help from UN soldiers will be limited, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report Friday. Annan said although violence in Darfur was not occurring on the massive scale of last year, the general level of insecurity in Darfur was still hindering humanitarian aid and remained "unacceptable." He said attacks have continued, highlighting the destruction last month of the South Darfur village of Khor Abeche by armed militia from the Miseriyya tribe of Niteaga under the command of Nasir Al Tijani Adel Kaadir.

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