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■ China
Police flush out suspect

Police used a high-pressure water cannon to flush out a murder suspect holed up in a hospital ward, local media reported on Wednesday. Police in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, cornered Yu Wenyi in an eighth-floor hospital ward on Tuesday, after pursuing him in connection with the murder of his mother-in-law and son, the Liaoning Evening News said. Yu perched himself on a window ledge, the paper said. After trying to persuade him to surrender, firemen to opened fire with the hose.

■ China

Bomb explodes in kitchen

Five villagers, including three children, were killed when a discarded bomb they were salvaging for scrap metal exploded in their kitchen, Chinese state media reported. Two men trying to dismantle the 70cm-long bomb and three young boys were killed in the blast, Xinhua news agency quoted local sources as saying late on Wednesday. Two girls buried in the rubble of the house, in northwest China's Ningxia autonomous region, were rescued with only slight injuries.The men had brought the rusted bomb home from Inner Mongolia and had hoped to sell it as scrap metal.

■ South Korea

Hotline with China set up

The government agreed to set up an emergency military hotline with China to avoid possible maritime clashes, a news report said yesterday. The hotline between the two countries' navies and air forces will "help avoid clashes in the West Sea over illegal fishing," Chosun Ilbo quoted a Chinese official as saying. Chinese fishing boats frequently cross the disputed western maritime border between South Korea and North Korea, an ally of China's.

■ Australia
Arrests follow weapons loss

Three people, including an army captain, were arrested over the theft of eight rocket launchers after a series of police raids across Sydney yesterday. The arrests follow a long-running investigation into the disappearance of the M-72 shoulder-fired rocket launchers, designed to be used against tanks and armored vehicles, since 2002. Only one of the weapons has been recovered. New South Wales Police Deputy Commissioner Terry Collins said two men, aged 46 and 39, and a woman aged 63, had been detained after raids early yesterday. One of the men was an army captain and the other was a former member of the military.

■ Hong Kong

Former official arrested

The former transport minister of Macau, arrested in December for suspected corruption, has amassed a personal fortune of more than US$100 million, graft investigators said yesterday. They said Ao Man-long (歐文龍) had assets worth at least 57 times more than his family's income, including cash, bank deposits, watches and jewelry, a 300-bottle wine cellar and expensive delicacies like abalone and shark's fin. The Commission Against Corruption of Macau (CCAC), which has not yet concluded its investigation, said Ao awarded contractors public construction projects in return for kickbacks.

■ Indonesia

Rare rabbit spotted

One of the world's rarest rabbits was spotted for just the third time in the past 35 years, underscoring the importance of conserving the region's threatened rain forests, a conservation group said yesterday. Two grainy images shot by a camera trap at night show the 0.5m-long Sumatran striped rabbit nibbling on forest undergrowth in the Bukit Barisan National Park, said the World Conservation Union. The rare species of rabbit was last photographed in 2000, and the last sighting by a scientist was in 1972. The rabbit is only known to exist in the forests of Sumatra, and is listed as critically endangered by the World Conservation Union.

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