Unrest rocks campus
Thousands of students rioted at a southern college last month to protest fees and other campus issues, Hong Kong's Oriental Daily News reported yesterday. More than 4,000 students overturned cars and threw bottles out of windows at the Jiujiang Institute in Jiangxi Province, the paper said. The riots took place on June 25 as a protest against fees charged by the college, the paper said. The students were complaining about a variety of fees leveled by the school for books, utilities and TVs in dorms, it said. The cost of the damage approached 1 million yuan (US$120,000), the paper said. Jiujiang's mayor mediated the dispute and the school agreed to several of the students' demands, including refunding some fees.
■ Hong Kong
Arroyo stay just temporary
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's husband denied that he has gone into self exile, but said he plans to go abroad after returning to Manila from the territory soon, the South China Morning Post reported yesterday. Jose Miguel ``Mike'' Arroyo arrived in the territory on Thursday. He has been accused of taking kickbacks from operators of a popular illegal numbers game. He told the paper that news reports saying that he has gone into self-exile were "confused." But he then said he would stay in Hong Kong "for a few days," return to Manila and "go abroad again."
Trapped passengers rescued
Rescuers saved 354 train passengers trapped for two days in neck-deep water on flooded rail tracks in Gujarat state, where heavy rains have forced the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people from their homes, police said yesterday. The train and its passengers were submerged Thursday morning by flood waters raging through parts of India. The state's police chief said all passengers had been rescued by late Friday. Nearly 200,000 people have been evacuated from their flooded homes to higher ground elsewhere in the state, a local official said.
Parent care to be legislated
The government hopes to pass a law that will force children to take care of their elderly parents, the Times of India reported yesterday. The Old Persons Bill will ``compel the progeny to perform the responsibilities which they have toward their parents in their old age,'' the newspaper said, quoting from the bill's provisions. If both parliament passes the legislation, it will pave the way for tribunals and set a six-month deadline for judges to try such cases, the paper said.
Drowned couple found
The bodies of a couple were pulled from a swollen river yesterday after their truck was swept away by raging currents earlier this week in one of the worst floods to hit Queensland in a decade, police said. Divers pulled the body of Justin Reid, 25, from the submerged pickup truck about 20m downstream from a river crossing where he and his girlfriend, Kellie Jensen, 21, became stranded in rising floodwaters on Wednesday. Jensen's body was later recovered further downstream, police said.
Polio case found on Sumatra
A new case of polio has been found in Lampung Province, Sumatra, bringing the country's total known number of people suffering from the disease to 66 and indicating that it has spread from Java.
■ West Bank
Hamas gets spot in Cabinet
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has invited Hamas militants to join his Cabinet to help ensure a peaceful handover of the Gaza Strip after Israel withdraws this summer, Abbas' office confirmed yesterday. A Hamas official, speaking on condition of anonymity, had first reported the offer on Friday. Yesterday, Hamas' West Bank leader, Hassan Yousef, confirmed the group was considering the offer. Abbas extended the offer Wednesday after Hamas demanded a special committee be formed to oversee the transfer of powers in Gaza. Abbas invited them to join his Cabinet instead. Israel is worried that Abbas' government isn't strong enough to prevent chaos in Gaza after Israel completes the pullout in September.