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■ Singapore
Man killed in rare shooting

A manhunt was underway in Singapore yesterday after a rare shooting murder in the city-state, which has a reputation as one of the safest places in Asia. The gunman, who appeared to be blind in one eye, entered the victim's apartment just before 7am yesterday, tied up his wife, teenage daughter and maid, then opened fire, a police statement said. It described the deceased as a 41-year-old businessman. Other members of the household were unhurt, but the house was ransacked.

■ China

More relics under threat

China's oldest and most prestigious university has stirred controversy with plans to demolish historic housing to make way for modern educational facilities, state media reported yesterday. Hundreds of centuries-old courtyard homes on the campus of Peking University would be bulldozed in the biggest renovation project in the institute's history and replaced by a new mathematics research center, the China Daily said.

■ Hong Kong

SARS victims file suit

Fourteen people are suing Hong Kong's Hospital Authority and a supermarket for failing to protect them from contracting SARS during an outbreak three years ago, according to court documents seen yesterday. Twelve health workers and a patient accused the authority of negligence for not taking steps to prevent them from contracting SARS during the 2003 outbreak, the documents said. The other plaintiff is suing the supermarket where she worked in an apartment complex hit hard by SARS, according to the documents, filed on Tuesday at Hong Kong's High Court.

■ Japan
Killer snow claims student

Heavy snow slid off the roof of a school building, killing a student in northern Japan yesterday, police said. The accident occurred in the city of Ebetsu on the northern island of Hokkaido, police said. The 23-year-old veterinary student went missing after midnight and his body was pulled from the snow early yesterday morning. Police officials said they were unaware of other people who might be trapped under the snow, but Kyodo News reported that three other students were missing. A team of rescuers searched around the building yesterday, but found no one else trapped, local fire officials said.

■ India

Cobras lay siege to hospital

Cobras and other fierce snakes have taken over a hospital in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state, scaring away doctors and medical staff, a news report said yesterday. Officials from the state health department who carried out an inspection at the Community Health Center in eastern Siddharthnagar district were shocked to find deadly snakes in the deserted outpatient department and operation theater instead of staff. The officials found that hardly any patients visited the hospital because it is in a remote location, the Hindustan Times reported. A senior health official said that people from the nearest town, Baunsi, need to trek kilometers to reach the hospital.

■ Australia

Mint worker cashes out

A man who raised a shopkeeper's suspicions by paying for goods with piles of shiny new A$2 coins turned out to be an employee of the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra. Police charged the 48-year-old man on Tuesday with stealing A$6,000 from his workplace. They allege he had been spiriting coins out of the mint by hiding them in his boots and lunchbox at a rate of around 250 a week.

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