Angler hooks dead body
A Malaysian angler who thought he had snagged a winner when he hooked a heavy object during a fishing competition was horrified to find a woman's corpse. The New Straits Times reported yesterday that he made the grisly discovery when he hooked the body in a weed-filled area of a city lake where a Malay-language newspaper was holding its annual fishing competition. District police spokesman Mohamad Yusuf Shuib said the corpse, believed to be an ethnic Malay woman in her 20s, had been in the lake for about three days. "There were no documents on her, and no apparent injuries," Yusuf said.
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Tsang has bad feng shui
Feng shui masters have predicted a bleak year for Hong Kong and its troubled Chief Executive Donald Tsang (曾蔭權), a news report said yesterday. One of the experts in the ancient Chinese art said he saw a "tough year" ahead for Hong Kong people. "There will be endless arguments and negotiations in Hong Kong as well as the rest of the world," feng shui expert Mak Ling-ling told the South China Morning Post. "Votes will have to be cast again and again because politicians with largely diverse views cannot yet reach a consensus," he said.
Youth arrests on the rise
Youth arrests in Singapore have climbed to the highest level in five years, with the offenders becoming younger and bolder, police data indicated yesterday. Arrests of those aged 19 and under numbered 2,428 during the first half of last year and accounted for 19 percent of the total number of arrests, according to a breakdown in the Straits Times.
Would-be rapist loses tongue
A Thai cafe singer bit off the tongue of an alleged rapist as he tried to attack her in his taxi in the fourth such case of self-defense here in 15 months, police said yesterday. The woman, Patcharee Jirangda, 32, was allegedly attacked by a driver who took her to a remote area, stopped his car and tried to rape her. She walked into a police station "with about an inch [2.5cm] of the taxi driver's tongue," a police official told reporters. He said the driver was still at large.
Floods kill at least 24
Flash floods swept away houses and schools in central Indonesia early yesterday, killing at least 24 people, a government official said, predicting the toll would rise. Villages were inundated when overnight rains triggered a landslide on a hill in Panti, a subdistrict of East Java province, and forced a river to break its banks. Hundreds of people sought shelter from the surging waters in mosques and boarding schools."We have confirmed 24 deaths so far," said Burhanudin, a top official in Panti, as he awaited casualty figures from two other affected villages. "At least 30 others have been injured." Heavy tropical downpours cause dozens of landslides and flash floods each year in Indonesia. Hundreds of houses and boarding schools were destroyed before the rains subsided late yesterday morning, Burhanudin said.
Woman killed by snowfall
A woman in central Japan was killed when snow slid off her garage roof and buried her, a policeman said yesterday. Toshiko Hazama, 75, apparently suffocated on Sunday afternoon when about 120cm of snow came down in a rush while she and a 22-year-old man tried to remove it from the roof, area policeman Hiroshi Ninoshima said. The man was unharmed. The woman lived in the Gifu prefecture city of Gujo -- about 275km west of Tokyo -- a region that has seen record-breaking snowfalls this winter.