Sun, Jul 17, 2005 - Page 7 News List

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■ Thailand
Briton charged for molesting

A British man has been charged with molesting underage children, using computer games to lure dozens of boys to his home. Nicholas John Rabet, 56, was detained in Pattaya with 11 game machine consoles, snacks and plastic bags filled with clothes of children who came to play at his place. Rabet offered his house as a free game arcade for children aged between 6-14 on the condition they took off their clothes while playing the games to prevent them from stealing game cassettes. There were about 30 who visited regularly, and would be paid between 500-1,000 baht (US$12-US$24) for performing sex acts on him.

■ Afghanistan

Taliban hang tribal chief

Taliban guerrillas hanged a pro-government tribal chief in the troubled southern Afghan province of Zabul, accusing him of being an American spy. Malik Agha's killing was the fifth in the past six weeks and came as violence mounts in the run up to the Sept. 18 parliamentary elections. Agha was kidnapped on Friday by Taliban as he came out of a mosque in Atghar district of Zabul and was hanged in a tree.

■ Thailand

Sports day starts badly

A sports day at a school turned tragic when a starter's pistol turned out to have a live bullet in it. A teacher, Sunthorn Thenglimkul, 41, was supervising the 400m sprint, and fired his gun once to start the race, but had to call the runners back because of a false start. When he fired the gun again for a fresh start, it shot a bullet on a low trajectory, grazing a student and hitting a female teacher, who was hit in the neck and collapsed. She could be paralyzed if she survives. Sunthorn fled, and is being sought by police.

■ China
Bus crash kills 17

A bus carrying 55 people, including schoolchildren, plunged into a deep valley in southern China yesterday killing 17 passengers, the Xinhua news agency reported. The accident occurred at about 4am as the bus was en route from Chongqing to Shenzhen. Thirty-eight people were injured and eight were in critical condition, Xinhua said. Most of the 18 children aboard were on summer vacation and going to visit parents working as migrant workers, it said.

■ Hong Kong

Can't count on condoms

More than one in 10 condoms sold in the territory is likely to leak or burst, according to a Consumer Council survey released yesterday. The council tested 28 popular brands of condoms and found three of them failed laboratory pressure tests, including the most expensive brand tested, Infinity condoms, which cost almost US$1 apiece. Many cheaper brands were found to perform better.

■ Japan

IAEA targeting facilities

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) wants to put eight to 10 nuclear facilities, including in Japan, the US, Russia and Finland, under international management, a news report said yesterday. The UN watchdog plans to submit a draft to its board of directors in September and put the idea into practice by 2010, when the next nuclear non-proliferation treaty review conference gathers, Kyodo News quoted diplomatic sources as saying. But the IAEA's plan is opposed by Japan, the US and Iran, who see the move as infringing state sovereignty on the use of nuclear energy, the sources said.

■ China

Party makes Uighur a martyr

The Communist Party has posthumously glorified an ethnic Uighur as a model member after he was killed by two fellow Uighurs for enforcing curbs on religion, the Xinjiang Daily said in an edition seen on Friday. Maishalihan Aihemaiti, 52, party secretary of Wuluwati village in Xinjiang's Moyu county, was hacked to death at his home in February by disgruntled villagers after he stopped them from building an unofficial mosque, the daily said. The paper said Aihemaiti had been a member of the Communist Party for 16 years and had resolutely implemented its policies and restrictions on religion, while criticizing villagers for their radical thoughts and remarks.

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