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■ China
Man boards with gun in bag

Police have detained a man in southwest China after he tried to board an airplane with a gun hidden in his bag, China's state press reported yesterday. Police in Dazhou City, Sichuan Province, detained the man after he tried to board a plane on Sunday bound for Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, Xinhua news agency said. The gun was concealed in the interlayer of the man's carry-on bag, it said. The incident resulted in a delay of more than an hour for the flight he intended to board.

■ China

Two held over grisly murder

Chinese police have detained a man and a woman suspected of killing a man and posting his body parts to three different cities, state media reported yesterday. On Jan. 7, staff at a logistics company in Qingdao in Shandong Province found a human torso in a box seeping blood but marked as carrying medicine, the China Daily said. Two days later, police in Beijing and Jiangyin, in Jiangsu Province, found a man's head and arms, it said. The victim was believed to be the casualty of a love triangle between a young employee of a logistics company and a prostitute. It said closed-circuit TV footage in Guangzhou showed a man and woman sending the packages.

■ China

Officials blamed for deaths

Three government officials in northern China have been sacked for lax supervision after a mine explosion killed 13 people and injured nine at the Niuxinhui Coal Mine in Shanxi Province, the China Daily said. The three officials were blamed for the blast that took place on Friday. Around 30 miners were working at the licensed pit when the explosion occurred.

■ Singapore
Sentosa Express opens

The nation yesterday opened a light rail link to Sentosa island, which will become home to a gambling and entertainment complex. The S$140 million (US$91 million) Sentosa Express takes passengers on a four-minute journey from a station at the VivoCity shopping mall on the main Singapore island, Sentosa said on its Web site. The VivoCity station connects to the city's main underground transport network. Sentosa Express has two stations on Sentosa and a third will open by 2010 when the gaming resort is completed.

■ Philippines

Tanker blast injures three

A blast shook an empty oil tanker moored in Manila as crewmen cleaned a tank yesterday, injuring at least three people, coast guard officials said. The explosion triggered a fire that was quickly put out, said Commander Charlie Rances, a coast guard operations officer. "The tanker was already empty and they were just cleaning remnants of oil so we need to find out if someone smoked or what it was that caused the explosion," Rances added. He said the tanker was on the shanty-lined Pasig River when the explosion occurred. Two of four crewmen cleaning the tank were among three people brought to a hospital, Rances said.

■ Japan

Royals recite their verses

After a year that saw the birth of a long-awaited male heir for Japan's throne, a number of the poems read at yesterday's annual imperial verse reading ceremony took their inspiration from scenes of life close to home. Princess Kiko, the wife of the emperor's second son, Prince Akishino, gave birth on Sept. 6 to Prince Hisahito. In her verse -- written based on this year's poetic theme of "moon" -- Kiko reflected on the nurses and others who watch over infants in hospitals through the night. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wrote in their poems about scenes from their lives that almost seemed to come from the family life of a salaried worker.

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