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■ China
Tourists die in bus crash

Four Malaysian tourists were killed and 14 other people were injured when the tour bus they were riding in fell into a ravine in central China, the Xinhua News Agency said yesterday. The bus was carrying 19 people, including 17 Malaysians, on a sightseeing outing when the driver lost control in Shanxi Province on Friday Xinhua said. Three Malaysians were seriously injured and 11 others, including a Chinese tour guide, received light injuries, Xinhua said. The bus driver apparently fled and his whereabouts were not known.

■ Indonesia

Volcanic activity increasing

Activity increased yesterday at Mount Merapi with repeated bursts of red-hot lava, hot gases and clouds of ash, an official said. The mountain is located near the area of Java where an earthquake struck one week ago, killing more than 6,200 people. Lava and hot clouds spewed from the mountain scores of times yesterday morning, said Subandrio, a government scientist who uses one name. He said the mountain's lava dome had grown by 17m in the past week to reach 100m. The government volcanology center recommended that all activities be halted within 7km of the summit.

■ New Zealand

Rugby fans bid for handbag

Rugby fans are bidding thousands of dollars for the chance to own the handbag that reduced a burly All Blacks player to tears. Former New Zealand captain Tana Umaga tangled with Hurricanes club team mate Chris Masoe in a nightclub last week. Masoe, who has played two tests for New Zealand, tripped over a man's feet in the club in Christchurch early last Sunday and then hit the man in retaliation. Umaga, who played 74 tests for the All Blacks, stepped in to break up the scuffle, picking up a woman's handbag and hitting Masoe twice over the head.

■ Pakistan

Bomb blast kills policeman

A roadside bomb exploded near a vehicle carrying policemen killing one of them and wounding two others, an intelligence official said. It was not immediately clear who was behind late Friday's attack in Khar, the main town in the Bajur tribal region bordering Afghanistan, and the official said they were still investigating. "So far we only know that the policemen were on a routine patrol when the bomb went off, but we don't have any further details," the official said on condition of anonymity. Bajur has been the scene of several attacks against government forces since earlier this year, when a US missile strike reportedly killed some top al-Qaeda operatives and civilians.

■ Japan

Tokyo seeks better PRC ties

Japan hopes to hold military exchanges with China as a way to ease tensions between neighbors who have sparred recently over wartime history, Tokyo's defense minister said yesterday. Fukushiro Nukaga sought to assuage concerns that recent spats between Tokyo and Beijing stemming from Japan's 1930s invasion of China and overlapping maritime claims could be handled peacefully. "We are considering exchanges in the defense field and other areas, in the belief that this region's security requires mutual coordination between Japan and China," he told the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual security forum in Singapore. "It is desirable to build a partnership through healthy competition, and I hope that beginning with defense exchanges, we can promote better ties," Nukaga said.

■ United Kingdom
Hamster escapes shredder

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