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■ Indonesia

Mob slays girlfriend-killer

A police officer in Indonesia's remote province of Papua was killed yesterday by an angry mob after he allegedly shot dead his girlfriend for refusing to have sex, a local report said. Herman Webiser, a police officer in Wamena, shot dead Selvi Kogoya, 20, early yesterday, the state-run Antara news agency reported. No other details were available. After word of the shooting spread, a mob of hundreds of people, some armed with sharp weapons, attacked the policeman. Two fellow officers who tried to help Webiser were wounded during the incident. Papua police chief Tommy Jacobus confirmed the killings, saying a similar incident occurred in the Papuan town of Sorong when a police officer accidentally discharged his firearm while drunk, wounding two people.

■ Singapore

Falun Gong group charged

Nine people linked to the Falun Gong spiritual group have been charged with illegal assembly for allegedly gathering without a permit last year, a newspaper reported yesterday. The eight men and a woman who were charged on Friday were involved in illegal assemblies on Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 last year in the busy Orchard Road shopping area, the Straits Times said. If convicted, they face a maximum fine of S$1,000 (US$630). Falun Gong is banned in China as an "evil cult." Authorities in Singapore, which imposes tight curbs on freedom of speech and assembly, allow the group to operate but have previously arrested members. Earlier this week, police arrested a Falun Gong member, a 40-year-old Singaporean woman, who was protesting outside the Chinese embassy, the newspaper reported.

■ Philippines
Volcano may erupt

Authorities stockpiled food and prepared evacuation centers in Albay province, about 340km southeast of Manila yesterday, after lava began trickling down the slopes of Mayon volcano in a "quiet eruption." Officials said they won't order any evacuations yet as they braced for a possible violent eruption that may take weeks. Yesterday, officials extended a 6km danger zone around the peak of the volcano to 7km on the southeastern slope where most of the molten rocks and other debris have been rolling down since Friday, said Renato Solidum, chief of the Philippine Institute of Vulcanology and Seismology.

■ Vietnam

US military ties grow

Military ties between the US and Vietnam are expanding steadily, and may soon include joint participation in search and rescue exercises, said the head of the US Pacific Command yesterday. Admiral William Fallon, who is on his first visit to Vietnam, said the two nations have been proceeding "at a measured pace comfortable to both sides" in re-establishing a military-to-military relationship. During Friday meetings with Deputy Prime Minster and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem and Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh, Fallon said he suggested broadening educational opportunities, including English-language training for military officers.

■ India

Spitting officer suspended

Spitting in public is common in the country, but doing so on the public landed a police constable in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh in hot water. Police said on Friday that K.R. Rao spat on students demonstrating against a rise in tuition fees for engineering colleges this week, provoking further protests by outraged parents and their children in Warangal Town. The outcry forced the police to take action against Rao, who has served in the force for seven years, suspending him on half-pay for three months. "The incident is a black spot on the image of the people-friendly police in this district," Warangal Superintendent of Police Stephen Ravindra said.

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