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■ Indonesia

Quake rocks nation's east

A strong undersea earthquake rocked the east of the nation yesterday, the US Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage, and the quake did not immediately trigger a tsunami alert. The 6.2 magnitude quake was deep under the Flores Sea, 205km northeast of Sumbawa Island, the survey said in a statement. Callers to el-Shinta radio station from Bali and Flores islands said they felt the quake, but they had not seen any damage as a result of it.

■ Indonesia

Police uncover terror factory

Anti-terror police yesterday seized bombs, detonators and explosive materials during a raid on a house on Sulawesi Island, a police officer said. Five people were being questioned over the finds in the house in Polewali in west Sulawesi, said police chief Major General Aryanto Budihardjo. He said officers confiscated an unspecified number of homemade bombs that were diffused at the scene. They also found detonators, explosive materials and bits of metal and glass apparently for use as shrapnel in devices under construction. Two spoons used to measure explosive powder were also seized, he said.

■ Slovakia

Man pumps up before crash

A driver who crashed into a bus shocked rescuers who found him unconscious and half naked with a vacuum pump on his penis. Police said the 42-year-old man, driving an old Citroen in the town of Levice, had ignored a "give way" sign. "It's very likely he had auto-sex while driving, it is a matter of investigation. After the accident he was found lying in the seat, his pants were off and it [the pump] was placed on his penis," police officer Peter Polak said. "I've never seen anything like this, nor have my colleagues," he added. The man was taken to hospital with head injuries.

■ Mexico

Calderon stymied by protest

Angry protesters sabotaged a home-town public appearance by Mexico's president-elect on Friday in what may be a taste of resistance to his administration by a leftist rival claiming electoral fraud, newspapers reported. Conservative Felipe Calderon, named president-elect this week after a court threw out fraud claims by his leftist rival, was to place flowers in a square in his home town of Morelia in western Mexico as a tribute to a celebrated independence hero. But some 200 supporters of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador flooded the square prior to his entrance, forcing him to put it off until later, said national newspapers Reforma and El Universal.

■ Spain

Man threatens another judge

A Basque separatist prisoner on trial for threatening to kill a judge on Thursday told the presiding judge that he would shoot him and "skin him alive," risking yet another jail sentence. Ignacio Javier Bilbao Goikoetxea, a convicted murderer and member of Basque separatist group ETA, kicked the dock's bullet-proof screen and launched a torrent of abuse at judge Alfonso Guevara and Baltasar Garzon, the judge he had threatened at a previous trial who was appearing as a witness. "If you're a man, come here ... I'm going to skin you alive. Come here if you've got the balls ... I look forward to shooting you seven times when I get my hands on you," Bilbao Goikoetxea told Guevara in the Madrid courtroom.

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