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■ Baby tossed from sixth floor

A Chinese teen afraid to reveal she had given birth tossed her baby girl out of the sixth-story window of her family's Shanghai apartment, a report said yesterday. The 18-year-old, whose name was given as Mei, did not want her parents to find out she was pregnant, and gave birth in the bathroom of her apartment, the Shanghai Daily reported. Neighbors found the crying newborn but she was pronounced dead at the hospital. Mei refused to reveal who the father was, the newspaper said. "It was a girl and the baby was bloody and definitely still moving. We heard her cry," said neighbor Qin Zhirong. Mei's parents found her in the bathroom after kicking down the door, worried about the inordinate amount of time their daughter has spent in the room. The report did not say what crime Mei, currently undergoing treatment at Putuo District Central Hospital, would be charged with.

■ China

Five killed in botched arrest

A police chief and four others were killed when an armed robbery suspect detonated two hand grenades as police tried to arrest him in southern China's Hainan province, state press said yesterday. Six others, including two policemen, were injured in the Saturday night blast in Mutang township, the Hainan Daily said. The bomber, identified as He Dengtian, also died in the explosion, while a third grenade failed to detonate, it said. Among the dead was Li Juerong, police chief of the Wangwu precinct in Zhanzhou city. Police in Zhanzhou were tipped off about He's whereabouts and dispatched Li to detain him. But as he attemped an arrest, He, who was suspected of 17 armed robberies, exploded the grenades, the report said.

■ Indonesia
Prisoner reprieves planned

The government plans to grant reprieves to convicted militants, including 2002 Bali bombing conspirator Abu Bakar Bashir, to mark the Muslim festival Id al-Fitr on Thursday, a report said yesterday. Further sentence cuts for militants such as Bashir are likely to anger Australia, which has protested over previous remissions for people convicted over the 2002 Bali bombings. "As long as the regulations have not been revised, all prisoners will be given a sentence cut in line with their rights under prevailing laws," Justice Minister Hamid Awaluddin was quoted by the Pikiran Rakyat newspaper as saying.

■ Australia

Work options for foreigners

The government will make it easier for foreign students to gain visas and increase the opportunities for foreigners to work under changes that go into effect today. Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone said the changes would benefit employers who were struggling to find workers because of a skilled labor shortage. Several new categories of visas will be available, including one which will allow foreign students to undertake vocational study while completing a trade apprenticeship in a rural area. Another new category will allow foreign students to work for up to 12 months in their area of expertise after they complete their studies.

■ Japan

Bird flu found near Tokyo

Chickens at a farm near Tokyo have tested positive for an antibody indicating that they were infected with a bird flu virus at some time in the past, a local official said yesterday. The strain of the virus has not been confirmed, but the farm in Ibaraki will destroy all its roughly 82,000 chickens, the official said. "It is the H5 type of bird flu, but we don't have details about the strain," he said. The farm in Ibaraki is inside a zone where a ban had been imposed on the movement of chickens and eggs because of previous outbreaks of a weaker strain of the disease.

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