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■ Pakistan
Uncles arrested for murder

Police arrested two men in a remote southern village and accused them of killing two young women for allegedly having sex outside marriage. The suspects, who are uncles of the women, were caught after authorities were tipped off by the girls' parents in southern Sindh Province, local police chief Ajmal Magsi said on Saturday. The two women, aged 18 and 20, were first cousins and unmarried, Magsi said. Magsi said it was a case of karo-kari, an ancient custom in which people accused of committing adultery are killed by their own relatives. Human right groups say hundreds of men and women are killed under this custom every year. Most attackers escape punishment.

■ China

Earthquake shakes Tibet

A moderate earthquake shook a sparsely populated region of Tibet yesterday morning, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injury. The magnitude 5.3 temblor struck Tibet's Naqu region, a wide swath of grasslands a few hundred kilometers north of Lhasa, a duty officer with the seismological bureau said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, the man said. There was no disruption of rail service along the multibillion-dollar Beijing-Tibet train because of the earthquake, said Duan Xiangzheng, head of the administrative office of Naqu.

■ Malaysia

Pets may have been eaten

Animal lovers are keeping a tight leash on cats and dogs in a southern state amid fears that foreign laborers have made meals out of missing pets, a newspaper reported yesterday. Residents say many pets recently vanished in several neighborhoods in Johor, with some residents claiming to have found animal skins discarded in trash cans, the New Straits Times reported. Suspicions that drug addicts stole these pets and sold them to migrant workers for US$1.40 an animal have led owners to maintain a close watch on their pets, the report added. The report did not say what specifically caused residents to blame migrant workers.

■ East Timor

PM to run for president

Prime Minister Jose Ramos-Horta told a cheering crowd in his hometown yesterday he would stand in April's presidential elections, vowing to help return peace and stability to the troubled nation. Ramos-Horta, who shared a Nobel Peace Price for nonviolent resistance to Indonesian rule, said in his candidacy speech he went through "weeks of reflection and hesitation" before deciding to seek the top post amid the worst crisis since the tiny nation broke from Jakarta in 1999. "We laid down the arms after the fight against the occupation, but now our fight is for our future," he said, speaking in the local Tetum language.

■ Indonesia

Ferry death toll doubles

Navy warships and fishermen have pulled 21 bodies from the Java Sea, more than doubling the death toll from an Indonesian ferry fire to 41, a navy spokesman said yesterday. The blaze broke out on the car deck of the Levina I before dawn on Thursday, sending hundreds of passengers jumping overboard. Several dozen people had been reported missing and rescuers have been searching for passengers for more than three days. The bodies of 18 men, a teenager, a woman and a baby were pulled from the water. Around 300 people were believed to have been on board the ferry. More than 290 people were rescued from the vessel's smoking hull and from the sea.

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