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■ China
River suffers more damage

The Songhua River, the site of a massive chemical spill last year that halted water supplies to millions of people, has been hit by more than 130 water pollution accidents in the past 11 months, the Xinhua news agency said yesterday. The deputy director of the State Environmental Protection Administration was quoted as saying that a chemical accident pollutes the Songhua every few days. He blamed "irrational distribution of industrial enterprises" for the frequent accidents, the report said. No additional details about the accidents were given.

■ China

Unrest over teacher's death

Crowds angered by alleged police mishandling of a teacher's death attacked government offices in Rui'an City, Zhejiang Province, leading to beatings and arrests, newspapers and a local hospital said. Students and residents claimed police colluded with the husband of high school English teacher Dai Haijing to have her death classified as a suicide, according to Hong Kong newspapers Ta Kung Pao and the South China Morning Post. An official at Rui'an City People's Hospital said more than one dozen people had been admitted for treatment following Friday's violence.

■ China

Miscarriage forces landing

An American woman suffered a miscarriage on a United Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Chicago, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Beijing, the China Daily said yesterday. The plane made the emergency stop on Saturday afternoon just two hours after take-off. The woman and her husband were taken to the Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital in Beijing, it said.

■ Thailand
Belgian tourist shot, killed

A 24-year-old Belgian tourist was shot dead on Sunday in Thailand's popular resort island of Phi Phi, police said. The man was gunned down in front of a budget beach hotel as he came back from a local bar with two other Westerners, said police colonel Boontawee Toraksa. "Witnesses told us three young men approached the Belgian and shot him in the head," Boontawee said, adding that the two others were unhurt. The Belgian, whose identity was not clear, arrived in Phi Phi last week with an brother, the police official said. He declined to give further details.

■ India

Nationalists attack school

Young members of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday vandalized a prestigious Catholic girls' school in northern India after reports of a "seance" there last week, reports said. The school aroused the ire of Hindu nationalists for holding a religious meeting for approximately 250 teenage girls at which a Catholic rickshaw-puller served as a medium for Jesus Christ, the Press Trust of India news agency said. Dozens of schoolgirls apparently fainted in fright and had to be admitted to the convent's infirmary on Wednesday after the priest began writhing and calling on Christ to enter his body. "It is not unusual to be terrified when the Lord comes before you. Even I was frightened," said the school's principal, Sister Monica.

■ New Zealand

World not safer: Clark

The security crackdown that followed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks five years ago has failed to make the world safer, and the US-led invasion of Iraq has created a new haven for attackers, New Zealand's leader said yesterday. "No, we're not more secure since 9/11," Clark told reporters on the fifth anniversary of the attacks, when asked whether the world was safer because of the war on terror launched in response to them. Though there had been terrorist attacks before, Sept. 11 heralded "a new era because it showed the ability of terrorists to strike at the very heart of the most powerful nation on earth and that was a very, very sobering thought," Clark said.

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