Nine die in jealous rage
A man consumed by jealousy is suspected of murdering eight members of his wife's family before committing suicide, state press said yesterday. Wang Changyi is believed to have murdered his brother-in-law and his wife and their four children, as well as his sister-in-law and her mother in Bailujiao Village, Yunnan Province, early on Tuesday, the Chuncheng Evening News reported. The paper said that Wang was incensed that his wife had run away and had threatened her family if they did not reveal her whereabouts.
Flooding wrecks bridge
Flooding triggered by torrential rains wrecked a key highway bridge in Liaoning Province, a news report said yesterday, but there was no immediate word of deaths. The bridge collapsed after the area was hit by storms that started on Monday and dumped up to 145mm of rain on one area within seven hours, the official Xinhua news agency said. The bridge collapse forced a halt to traffic on a highway linking Heihe, a city on the northern border with Russia, and the eastern port of Dalian, Xinhua said.
Space the final defense
An analysis authored by a group of unnamed researchers at the National Defense University and published in the People's Daily yesterday listed space as an area where the People's Liberation Army must be equipped and prepared to defend the nation's interests. "Our military should not only protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, but should also protect the oceans and transport routes and other economic interests [and] ... the security of space," it said.
Islamic schools to get aid
Islamic schools in Singapore are receiving more money to ensure their quality of education does not fall behind that of national facilities, the Islamic Religious Council said yesterday. The six schools, or madrasah, are receiving S$300,000 (US$191,000) from the council, 30 percent more than last year. "Children in madrasahs, we feel, should keep up with the pace of chance, and should not lose out to other children in national schools," the Straits Times quoted council president Alami Musa as saying on Tuesday.
Japanese pedophile booked
An accused pedophile from Japan was arrested by immigration agents in a southern Philippine city, an official said yesterday. Immigration Chief Commissioner Alipio Fernandez said Hideo Akamae, 64, was arrested over the weekend at his house in Davao City, 990km south of Manila. Fernandez said Akamae was arrested after social workers from a local non-governmental organization helping abused and distressed children in Davao filed molestation complaints against him. The suspect arrived in the Philippines in December 2004 and was admitted as tourist for 21 days, but since then, he has not left the country, Fernandez said.
Car explodes in traffic
A car exploded during morning rush-hour in Kabul yesterday, killing the driver and wounding two people, police said. The possibility the vehicle was carrying explosives intended for a suicide attack was being investigated, police said. The two wounded were in the moving car when it exploded in the southeastern outskirts of the city and were in a serious condition, city criminal investigation chief Ali Shah Paktiawal said. "We don't know if it was a suicide car bomb or if they were involved in carrying explosives," spokesman Yousuf Stanizai said.