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■ Singapore
Elderly sex pest jailed

A 74-year-old man who molested a female passenger and then dashed off a bus was jailed for six months, news reports said yesterday. Ng Choon Kang fled at a bus stop with driver Tan Chuan Huat, 44, in pursuit. Tan caught Ng and drove to an interchange, where Ng was arrested. A district court heard on Thursday that Ng and the 46-year-old victim were on board the bus on Sept. 22, 2004, the Straits Times reported. The woman felt a hand brush around her body and under her armpit. She turned to see Ng pull his hand away. She shouted at the assailant and informed the driver. Ng was brought to court in April last year but jumped bail. He was caught again earlier this month.

■ China

Ministry targets plagiarism

The Education Ministry has set up a body to fight academic fraud and plagiarism following a string of scandals at universities, news reports said yesterday. The commission will set guidelines for investigating and punishing academic fraud, the official Xinhua News Agency said. China has suffered a series of scandals in recent months over high-profile academics who were accused of lying about their credentials or faking research.

■ China

`Radical' petitions banned

Beijing plans to pass tougher regulations on people who lobby authorities over grievances, making it an offense to take radical actions when making their voices heard, state media said yesterday. The draft regulations would ban them from drawing the ban them from drawing the attention of officials by threatening to commit suicide or inflict self-harm the Beijing Daily Messenger reported.

■ Australia
Drug-packed condoms found

Customs officers thought something was fishy when they inspected a man's luggage and found jars of pickled fish. Closer inspection found 39 condoms of heroin inside the fish. Officers at Adelaide airport in South Australia "became suspicious about pickled fish fillets inside jars found in the passenger's luggage" on Wednesday, a customs statement said. "Closer inspection revealed a number of condoms sewn inside the fish pieces," said the statement on Thursday. A 32-year-old Australian man returning from Cambodia was arrested and will be charged with importing more than 2kg of heroin, customs said.

■ Cambodia

Video phones banned

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday banned video-capable mobile phones to curb the dissemination of pornography, heeding a request from his wife. Bun Rany, along with the wives of several other senior government officials, recently urged Hun Sen to prohibit the use of more technologically advanced third-generation phones in the impoverished country because they can be used to spread obscene images. In a petition addressed to Hun Sen on May 19, Bun Rany argued that obscene images have "gravely negative consequences for social morality" and could increase the "sexual exploitation of women and children and other vices that would cast our society as a very dark one."

■ Malaysia

Suu Kyi's release urged

Kuala Lumpur yesterday urged the military junta of Myanmar to free pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi when her detention expires today, saying she poses no threat to Myanmar's stability. "I don't think it is beneficial for Myanmar to keep her indefinitely. One of the best ways is, rather than renew the detention, is to release her," Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar told reporters. He praised the junta's recent decision to allow UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari to meet with Suu Kyi, her first meeting with a senior UN official in two years.

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