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■ China
School `shooter' nabbed

Police have detained a man suspected of shooting 16 children exercising in a schoolyard, the latest in a wave of school attacks to shock the country. The 33-year-old man was held on Thursday in Beijing after the shooting a day earlier in Anhui Province, Xinhua news agency said. A man opened fire with six home-made guns packed with gunpowder and shrapnel at the Niutoushan Primary School, Xinhua said. The school head and a man who tried to stop the shooting were also injured.

■ China

Lions 1, cleaner 0

Seven lions attacked a cleaner on his first day at work at the Shanghai Wildlife Park after he took a shortcut through their enclosure, state press said yesterday. Zhang Huabang was in a critical condition after mistakenly walking on Tuesday through the unlocked gate of the lions' enclosure to get to the other side, the China Daily said. Other zoo staff used a water hose to drive the lions away and threw live chickens into the enclosure to distract the animals before rescuing the cleaner, the report said. He suffered lacerations to his face, shoulders and legs and was in intensive care, it said.

■ Singapore

Cop jailed over bribe

A police sergeant was jailed for one month after admitting he sought a bribe from a Bangladeshi laborer who had sex with the officer's 14-year-old niece, news reports said yesterday. When Didar Hossain Hanif Miah, 34, did not cough up the S$10,000 (US$5,917), the 38-year-old officer made a report against him for having sex with a minor, the Straits Times said. The day after Didar was arrested on Feb. 15, authorities began investigating the officer.

■ Australia
Tourist-murder trial to start

The former girlfriend of missing UK tourist Peter Falconio arrived in Darwin early yesterday to attend the murder trial of the man accused of killing her lover. Joanne Lees, 32, is expected to be the key witness in the trial of Bradley John Murdoch which begins on Monday. Murdoch, a 47-year-old mechanic from the remote West Australian town of Broome, is charged with shooting dead Falconio. Falconio and Lees were travelling along the Stuart Highway in the central Outback in July 2001 when Murdoch allegedly stopped their camper van and shot and killed Falconio. The British tourist has not been seen since, despite the largest manhunt in Australian history.

■ Australia

Sectist jailed for sex attacks

The leader of a religious sect was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday for a string of sexual attacks on a 15-year-old girl whom he claimed was one of his 84 mystical wives. William John Kamm, 55, also known as The Little Pebble, was convicted earlier this year of aggravated sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault. The assaults occurred when the victim was living within Kamm's Order of St. Charbel, a community near Nowra, 150km south of Sydney. Kamm claimed to have received advice from the Virgin Mary that the girl should be chosen as one of 12 queens and 72 princesses who would become his wives, to spawn an immaculate race after the world ended.

■ Malaysia

Top cop's son detained

The son of Malaysia's national police chief has been detained by the government's anti-corruption watchdog. The 30-year-old son of Inspector-General of Police Bakri Omar is being held for allegedly charging traders exorbitant rates in exchange for licenses to operate public food stalls during the current Muslim fasting month, the Malay Mail newspaper reported yesterday. The businesses are highly lucrative and city officials allocate a limited number of licenses in selected districts.

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