Talim wreaks havoc
Landslides caused by Typhoon Talim's heavy rains killed nine people and left 15 missing in eastern China, state media reported yesterday. Damaged roads were hampering rescue efforts in mountainous Shixiang township, five-hours from the coastal city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang Province, the Xinhua news agency said.
A Chinese man who spent 11 years in prison for a murder that didn't happen has received 460,000 yuan (US$57,000) in compensation, a government newspaper said yesterday. She Xianglin was convicted of killing his wife, who disappeared in 1994. He was released April 1 after she reappeared and said she had left their home in the central province of Hubei to marry another man. She's case prompted rare discussion in China's state press of police misconduct after he said he was tortured into confessing. An officer who She said took part in the torture hanged himself in May after authorities launched an investigation.
US assists war crimes fund
The US has established a US$2 million fund to assist a Cambodian group researching crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge government in the late 1970s, the US Embassy said yesterday. The fund will provide annual funding for the Documentation Center of Cambodia, which also tries to raise awareness about Khmer Rouge atrocities, embassy official Mark Storella said in a statement. The radical communist policies of the Khmer Rouge, which ruled Cambodia from 1975-79, led to 1.7 million deaths.
I'll kill for durians'
A 50-year-old Singaporean man has been jailed three months for hitting and threatening to kill his wife when she could not find durians to satisfy his sudden craving, the Straits Times reported yesterday. Oh Boon Leng admitted in a district court Thursday that he struck his wife's face and warned she would not stay alive beyond that night when she came home empty-handed after a fruitless search. The incident happened in July. Durians are native to Southeast Asia and the fruits, which have a spiky husk, are savored for their pungent, creamy flesh, but people unused to them find the smell repulsive and they are banned in airlines.
Hunter caught, jailed
A Cambodian court sentenced the country's most wanted wildlife hunter to seven years in jail on Friday for tracking and killing more than 600 animals, including tigers and elephants, since 2001, officials said. According to US-based conservation group WildAid, 58-year-old Yor Ngun had killed over 500 banteng -- a species of endangered wild cattle -- 19 tigers, 40 leopards, 30 elephants, 40 sun bears and three Asiatic bears across 10 provinces. "Even though he is too old to be in jail, he deserves it for what he did," judge Sim Soung told Reuters by phone from the southern coastal province of Koh Kong.
Gondola porn scene decried
Five people have been questioned for allegedly shooting footage for a pornographic film inside a cable car at the World Exposition, a showcase of technology underway in Japan, police said yesterday. The five suspects, who include an actress, could get up to 30 days in jail or a fine of up to ?10,000 (US$91) for indecent exposure, police said. "An actress exposed her upper body and an actor touched it inside a gondola in the one-minute scene," said a police spokesman in central Aichi Prefecture, where the 21st century's first World Exposition is taking place. The Jiji Press news agency said the crew had intended to film a scene of sexual intercourse on the ground at the Expo but abandoned the plan because the site swarmed with visitors.