■ Hong Kong
Pedophile gets life sentence
A mentally disabled pedophile received a discretionary life sentence for sexually assaulting four children aged between 5 and 9, a newspaper reported yesterday. High Court Judge Maggie Poon imposed the sentence Friday after Chan Kwok-leung, 37, was convicted last month of indecent assault and buggery offenses committed between 2002 and 2004, the South China Morning Post reported. Chan, who has an IQ of 70, admitted in his psychological reports that he could not stop himself from carrying out what he knew were illegal acts.
Six activists killed
At least six opposition party political activists were killed and dozens injured when police opened fire Friday on a mob in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, police said. The incident took place in Ananthapur, 360km from the state capital Hyderabad, when members of the ruling Congress party clashed with rival Telugu Desam Party activists, police chief Swaranjit Sen told reporters. Sen said police were forced to open fire to disperse the unruly mob. He added that a police inspector also died in the incident which left two dozen policemen and political activists hurt.
One-child-policy kids `lonely'
An online survey of young Chinese found that most kids born after the one-child policy was introduced in the late 1970s consider themselves lonely, selfish and willful, state media said Saturday. Nearly half, or 46 percent, of the 7,000 surveyed also said they want at least two children of their own when they start a family, the official China Daily newspaper reported. The online survey asked for responses from Chinese aged between 15 to 25. The newspaper did not give details of how the survey was conducted or provide a margin of error. More than 58 percent of the respondents said they thought they were ``lonely, selfish and willful,'' it said. More than 66 percent said they were disappointed to have no siblings, it added.
Canberra won't use `piracy'
Australia strongly opposes Japanese plans to expand its whaling catch in Antarctic waters but will not try to board Japanese whaling ships there because it could be accused of piracy, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said yesterday. Ruddock said Australia was "vigorously opposed" to the Japanese proposals and would press its efforts to establish a South Pacific whale sanctuary. But the government opposes an application in Australia's Federal Court to prevent a Japanese whaling company entering the Australian-declared whale sanctuary in Antarctica, which Japan does not recognize. Ruddock told Sky News that Australian patrol boats could be accused of piracy if they boarded Japanese ships in the area, because of Australia's obligations under the Antarctic Treaty.
CIA attack questioned
Pakistan yesterday denied a media report that an unmanned CIA Predator aircraft had killed an al-Qaeda operative near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border earlier this week. ABC News in the US on Friday quoted intelligence sources as saying that senior al-Qaeda operative Haitham al-Yemeni was killed by a missile fired from an unmanned CIA Predator aircraft. The CIA has declined to comment on the report. But Pakistan's Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Amhed said that, "No such incident took place near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border."