Sat, Jul 30, 2005 - Page 7 News List

World News Quick Take


■ China
Faye weds Li Yapeng

Chinese pop diva Faye Wong (王菲) has tied the knot with actor Li Yapeng (李亞鵬), Hong Kong and Chinese media reported yesterday. The 35-year-old songstress married Li, 33, a Chinese actor, on Thursday in his hometown of Urumqi in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, Hong Kong's Apple Daily reported. The two, accompanied only by Li's brother and a friend, turned up at the marriage registry in casual clothes, the report said.

■ Hong Kong

Women outnumber men

Hong Kong females will soon massively outnumber men, according to government estimates yesterday. Because of a steady flow of women from China seeking wealthy husbands and more than 200,000 female domestic helpers mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia, there are more than enough women to go around. Census and Statistics Department figures show that whereas in 1981 there were only 1,000 women for every 1,087 men, there are now only 929 men for every 1,000 women.

■ Afghanistan

First election ballots arrive

The first shipment of millions of ballot papers for legislative elections arrived in the Afghan capital yesterday, about eight weeks ahead of the polls that will see the war-torn country take another crucial step toward democracy. The papers, flown in on a giant Antonov transport plane, were the first to arrive of some 40 million that have been printed in Britain and Austria ahead of the Sept. 18 elections. "The arrival of these ballot papers marks an important milestone in our plans to hold" the elections, said Bissmillah Bissmil, chairman of the UN-backed Joint Electoral Management Body.

■ Japan
Eye glasses mugger nabbed

A fetish Japanese mugger who longed for his boyhood friend's eyeglasses was arrested with 154 pairs of glasses or contact lenses he allegedly seized by force, police and reports said yesterday. Construction worker Toru Nagasawa, 29, was caught after he went outside a man's apartment building and asked for directions. Nagasawa then punched the victim in the face, saying he did not answer politely enough, police said. Nagasawa then allegedly followed the victim into his apartment and forced him to take off his contact lenses, a police spokesman said.

■ India

Train blast due to bomb

Police said yesterday that an explosion in a train that left 13 people dead and dozens wounded was caused by a bomb planted in a toilet. Railway officials had earlier suggested the blast late on Thursday near Jaunpur town in northern Uttar Pradesh state may have been caused by a cooking gas cylinder, sometimes carried by villagers on trains. But bomb experts discounted this yesterday. "There is enough evidence to confirm the use of RDX explosive," a member of a police bomb squad said. Uttar Pradesh Home Secretary Alok Sinha said authorities did not have any specific leads on who was behind the blast which occurred in an unreserved coach.

■ Indonesia

Pilot nabbed for murder

Prosecutors filed charges yesterday against a pilot accused of helping poison to death an Indonesian human rights activist on a flight to Amsterdam late last year, officials said. Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto, who was a pilot for the national Garuda Indonesia Airways, was charged with helping plan and carry out the Sept. 7, 2004 murder of Munir Said Thalib, said Yan Witra, a clerk at the Central Jakarta District Court. He faces a maximum penalty of death if convicted. "We have a very strong case against him," said prosecutor Gianto, who did not know when the trial would be held.

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