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■ Hong Kong
Prostitute, 75, goes to court

A 75-year-old woman admitted in court to offering to have sex for HK$20 (US$2.60), claiming she needed the money to make ends meet, press reports said yesterday. Grey-haired Wu Wei-geen, who admitted to soliciting for immoral purposes in March, said she turned to prostitution because her welfare payments did not meet her needs, the South China Morning Post reported. The court recommended she receive psychiatric treatment, but she pleaded with the judge to acquit her because of her old age, newspaper reports said. Sentencing in the case has been scheduled for September.

■ China

Tombs found at Games site

Tombs of eunuchs believed to have been buried 500 years ago have been discovered during construction at a venue for the Beijing Olympics, an official said yesterday. The graveyard was discovered in April and, after an extensive dig by authorities specializing in cultural relics, construction was only recently restarted, an official at the Shooting Administration Center said "The ancient graves were located on part of a field to be used for trap shooting," he said. "Cultural authorities have already removed the big tombs and they have finished their excavation of the site." The tombs, near Beijing's western Fragrant Hills, date from the late Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644). "The best preserved tombs have been moved and will be put on public display," Beijing cultural relics bureau spokeswoman Fan Jun said. Eunuchs were high-ranking officials who were castrated at a young age and trained to serve the court. Many wielded a strong influence over the emperor and the court.

■ Malaysia
Crazed son kills princess

A princess from the royal family of central Pahang State was stabbed to death and her husband seriously injured after their youngest son attacked them in an apparent drug-fueled frenzy, media reports said yesterday. Tengku Kamariah Sultan Abu Bakar, 64, died from stab wounds sustained while she was trying to protect her husband Tunku Ismail Tunku Sulaiman from their son, Tunku Shahzan. The son also died several hours after the attack. The suspect, believed to have been under the influence of designer drugs at the time of the attack, appeared to be acting wildly and was behaving incoherently just before the incident, Tengku Ahmad Faisal, a relative, told the Star daily.

■ Indonesia

Papuan rioters jailed

A court has jailed 11 people for taking part in violent protests against a US-run mine in Papua province which left six people dead. Hundreds of protesters clashed with security officers near Papua's capital Jayapura over the mine run by US giant Freeport-McMoran in March. "One was sentenced to six years in jail while 10 others were given five years in prison each," said judge Morris Ginting. He said the defendants were accused of jointly using violence to resist the orders of officials on duty.

■ China

Upset husband turns bomber

A man killed himself and three others in a suicide bombing sparked by marital problems, local media said yesterday. The man, surnamed Feng, broke into a restaurant on Saturday in Jixi City in Heilongjiang Province and shouted loudly before setting off the explosives, the Beijing News said. "He was the husband of a waitress at the restaurant and had had an urge to retaliate because of marital problems," the newspaper said. Four people, including Feng, died on the spot. The blast flattened the restaurant, the paper said, adding another four people were seriously wounded. It did not say if Feng's wife was among those killed or wounded.

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