Police seek vengeful wife
The police were seeking a jealous wife after she allegedly caught a prostitute canoodling in a hammock with her husband and threw acid in her face before stabbing her in the neck and chest, authorities said yesterday. The police chief of Thmor Pouk district in northwestern Banteay Meanchey Province, Yot Ray, said Kim Pouv, 39, was in a serious but stable condition after she and soldier Mang Ty, also 39, were surprised by Ty's wife, known only as Sout, 37. "This is a crime of the highest order. This is a very scary wife and even jealousy cannot excuse this sort of violence," Ray said.
Hundreds mourn whale
Hundreds of mourners gathered yesterday morning to pay their respects to a dead whale that had washed up on the country's central beach. The whale -- about 12m long and weighing about 12 tonnes -- was found on the beach in Quang Ngai Province on Friday, a local resident surnamed Tam said. "Hundreds of locals are burning incense and praying in front of the whale ... It will be buried in a cave nearby," she added. According to state media, the whale had some injuries on its body, probably because of earlier attacks by hunters.
Six soldiers set free
Thailand has freed six Malaysian soldiers who were detained after they crossed into Thai territory by mistake during a military exercise, an official said yesterday. "They were released on Tuesday. They are in good health. The Thais know it was a mistake," a Malaysian defense ministry official said. The Malaysian Bernama news agency said the six had crossed into Bukit Tokmok in the southern Thai province of Narathiwat on Monday.
■ New Zealand
Missing hiker found dead
The body of a Japanese hiker who went missing while trekking has been found on New Zealand's South Island, police said yesterday. The body of Katsusbaro Nagashima, 65, was discovered on Friday evening caught among logs in the Fox River some 40km north of Greymouth on the island's west coast after a ground and helicopter search, a police spokesman said. He said Nagashima's family had been informed and was traveling from Japan to formally identify the body.
Building collapses in Dhaka
A six-story building housing a garment factory, shops and offices collapsed in the Bangladeshi capital yesterday, and many were trapped inside, a fire official said. No casualties were immediately reported but witnesses saw rescuers transport about a dozen injured people to hospital. The building collapsed in Dhaka's central Tejgaon industrial district a fire brigade official said. It was not immediately known how many people were inside the building, and there was confusion about whether the garment factory was open at the time.
Three die in insurgent unrest
A paramilitary soldier and a suspected insurgent were killed in a clash in the restive southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan, officials said yesterday. The fighting started when Bugti tribe rebels attacked a security forces post in Dear Bugti district late on Friday, regional administrator Abdul Samad Lasi said. Separately, a paramilitary soldier was killed when he stepped on a landmine planted by insurgents near the Pirkoh gas field late on Friday, Lasi said. Insurgents also fired rockets on security forces deployed in different parts of Dera Bugti district late on Friday, however, they caused no casualties, he said.