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■ South Korea
Ex-professor shoots judge

A former South Korean professor shot a judge in the stomach with a crossbow in an apparent protest against one of his rulings, police investigators said yesterday. Kim Myong-ho, a former mathematics professor at a Seoul university, faces charges of attempted murder for the attack outside the judge's home late on Monday, police said. The shooting was apparent payback after Seoul High Court judge Park Hong-woo on Friday upheld a ruling denying Kim reinstatement to his job. Kim, sacked from his job in 1995, was waiting outside the judge's home with a crossbow, bolts, knife and a rope, police said. The judge is in hospital in a stable condition.

■ Japan

Flu strain confirmed as H5N1

Tests have confirmed that bird flu detected in chickens in southern Japan was the virulent H5N1 strain, the Japanese Agriculture Ministry said yesterday. About 4,000 chickens died last week at a farm in Kiyotake town in Miyazaki prefecture. Earlier test results on Saturday only confirmed the bird flu strain was an H5 virus, but not which one. Yesterday, further tests by the National Institute of Animal Health near Tokyo identified the virus as H5N1, the virulent strain that has been blamed for more than 160 human deaths worldwide, Agricultural Ministry official Hiroyuki Ozono said.

■ China

One of `eight immortals' dies

A leading Chinese revolutionary, Bo Yibo (薄一波), one of China's so-called "eight immortals," has died in Beijing at the age of 98, press reports said yesterday. No official announcement of Bo's death was issued, but Hong Kong Phoenix Television and the Sing Tao Daily both reported that Bo had died at a Beijing hospital late on Monday. Born in 1908, Bo was a Marxist revolutionary during the 1920s and 1930s and organized armed resistance against Japan's invasion of China during World War II. In the reform and opening period that began in the 1980s, he was known as one of the Communist Party "immortals," the aging revolutionary leaders who retained influence over state affairs through the 1990s. His third and youngest son is Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai (薄熙來).

■ Malaysia

Groom might be female

A Malaysian Islamic court is investigating a marriage between two Malay Muslims amid suspicions the groom may actually be a woman, a report said yesterday. Same-sex marriage is not allowed in the conservative majority-Muslim nation. The New Straits Times said Mohamad Sofian, 40, and Zaiton Aziz, 43, were married in December 2002 by an imam in western Malacca state. But problems arose when the state's religious affairs department refused to register the marriage, questioning the gender of Mohamad Sofian, whose birth certificate bears a woman's name "Mazinah Mohamad," the newspaper said.

■ Singapore

Australian caught with drugs

An Australian man has been charged in Singapore with cannabis trafficking and faces up to 20 years' imprisonment if convicted, a court document showed. Michael Karras, 38, was accused on Monday of trafficking in 495g of cannabis after being arrested last Tuesday at an apartment in eastern Singapore, according to his charge sheet. If found guilty, Karras faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail and 15 strokes of the cane. The charge sheet did not provide any other details on his arrest.

■ Mexico
Leftist politician shot dead

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