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■ North Korea
Kim heir to be unveiled

An eventual successor to leader Kim Jong-il could be announced by the secretive state later this month, Russian news agency Itar-Tass said yesterday, quoting a diplomatic source in Pyongyang. "An announcement could be made as early as this month, timed for the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the [North Korean Labour Party]," the unnamed source said. The source added that the successor would be one of Kim Jong-il's sons.

■ Malaysia

Nurses ease baby jam

A pregnant woman on her way to a hospital to give birth got stuck in traffic next to a van full of nurses, who helped to deliver her baby in the car. Kamaruzaman Mohamed was driving his wife Nazilah to the city of Kota Baru on Monday when she went into labor. Nazilah's sister said the family had begun to panic when they spotted the nurses parked nearby and called for help, the New Straits Times reported. The nurses rushed to the car and delivered the baby girl in minutes. Both mother and daughter were reportedly doing well.

■ Japan

Fuel deal extended

The Cabinet yesterday endorsed a one-year extension of the country's naval mission to support US-led troops in Afghanistan. The navy has provided fuel for warships in the Indian Ocean since November 2001. The law had already been extended in 2003 for two years. "We decided one year was necessary," said Hiroyuki Hosoda, the government's top spokesman. "The problem of international terrorism has once again intensified with the attacks in London and Bali," he said.

■ China
Xinjiang mine blast traps 14

An explosion at a coal mine has trapped 14 people, the Xinhua news agency said yesterday, the latest accident to hit the world's deadliest mining industry. The accident occurred in Xinjiang, the official agency said, adding that 11 miners had escaped. A gas explosion in a coal mine in the central Henan Province on Monday killed at least 34 people. Premier Wen Jiabao (溫家寶), cited by Xinhua, said the country's industrial sector should pay attention to work place safety following the Henan deaths.

■ Hong Kong

Ex-judge in welfare scam

An 80-year-old former High Court judge from Britain has been charged by police for fraudulently obtaining welfare in the territory and lying on a public housing application. Miles Henry Jackson-Lipkin and his wife Lucille, a lawyer, were accused of lying to conceal the extent of their assets in welfare and housing applications, the government and local media said yesterday. In a public housing application last year, the couple claimed to have only HK$2,200 (US$284) in cash, the South China Morning Post reported.

■ India

Love for mum `undying'

A professor of English in Siddavatta village in Andhra Pradesh state loved his mother so much that he lived with her corpse for 20 years. When he died, the pair were laid to rest in the same grave. Syed Abdul Gafoor's mother died in 1985, but he refused to bury her, authorities said. Instead, he preserved her body with chemicals and kept it at home in a glass case, causing his wife to leave him and sparking a social boycott in the village. "He kept the body intact and lived in isolation till he died on Saturday" district administrator Ashok Kumar said. Gafoor, 60, was buried along with his mother in a single grave near the village mosque according to his last wish, Kumar said.

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