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■ China

Iris Chang gets statues

The government has commissioned two statues of Iris Chang, the late Chinese-American author of a book on the massacre of thousands of Chinese civilians by Japanese troops during World War II, a news report said Wednesday. Chang died last November of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 36. In 1997, Chang published the international bestseller The Rape of Nanking, which described the rape, torture and killing of hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians by Japanese soldiers in the former Chinese capital during the late 1930s.The government plans to place a statue of Chang in its memorial museum to the massacre victims in Nanjing and to give a second to her family, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

■ Thailand

Crtitical Web sites closed

Thailand's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry has shut down two Web sites deemed critical of the government, media reports said yesterday. The Web sites -- thai-insider.com and fm9225.com -- were removed from local internet service providers (ISPs) by an order issued by the ICT on June 18, the Bangkok Post said. An ICT official told the newspaper that the Web sites had been closed because of their "violent content" that could trigger social disorder and doubts about the real ownership behind the sites.

www.thai-insider.com is known to be owned by Ekkayuth Anchanbutr, a controversial businessman who had to flee the country for several years and upon his return launched a crusade against corruption in the government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawtara.

■ Japan

15-year-old kills parents

A 15-year-old Japanese boy was arrested Wednesday for allegedly killing his parents by crushing their skulls, slashing their bodies and then bombing their room, police and reports said. The Tokyo boy was found at an inn in the hot spring resort of Kusatsu north of the capital a day after the alleged murders, a police spokesman said. The boy faces charges he killed his 44-year-old father and 42-year-old mother, whose skulls were crushed and whose bodies bore multiple cuts and stab wounds, Jiji Press said. The couple were found dead after an explosion tore apart their room at a Tokyo dormitory for construction workers, where the teenager's father worked as a live-in caretaker.

Investigators found an electric stove in the room could have functioned as a timer to trigger the explosion, news reports said.

■ Japan

Drivers cause scare

Fears of mass sabotage on roads were quelled this week after thousands of blade-like metal shards found attached to roadside guardrails around the country were attributed to nothing more sinister than careless driving. The government launched a nationwide inquiry this month after a boy hurt his leg on a piece of metal protruding from a guardrail in a suburb near Tokyo last month. More than 27,000 similar fragments were found lodged in roadside barriers all over the country. The metal mystery dominated TV news programs earlier this month and speculation was rife that the fragments had been placed deliberately to cause injury, possibly by a team of pranksters. But a Transport Ministry committee set up to look into the matter said this week the metal scraps were most likely pieces torn from vehicles that had brushed against the guardrails.

■ United Kingdom

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