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AGENCIES

■ CHINA

Man protests with suicide

A man doused himself in kerosene and burnt himself to death in an apparent protest over the compensation he received for his demolished home, state media reported yesterday. Lu Erxiang, who was allegedly drunk, killed himself on Wednesday at the site of his former home in Chaohu City, Anhui Province, as more buildings were being knocked down to make way for a shopping mall, the Jianghuai Morning Post said. A police officer who tried to stop him also caught fire and was still being treated for burn injuries, according to the paper. Lu had signed an agreement about compensation with the property developer in October, but wanted more.

■ INDIA

Missile test successful

Yesterday the government tested its longest-range nuclear-capable missile, the Agni III, which has a range of more than 3,000km, a scientist said. The launch of Agni, which means "fire" in Sanskrit, came after a failed test last July when the missile plunged into the Bay of Bengal after take-off. "The test launch has been successful but the final results will be known four hours later -- whether it met all the parameters," a scientist at the site on Wheeler island off India's eastern coast said. India, which has around 100 to 150 nuclear warheads, is developing a range of missiles including the Agni series as part of a defense strategy against neighbors China and Pakistan.

■ KYRGYZSTAN

Activists want resignation

Thousands of protesters demanding that the country's president resign camped in the capital's main square yesterday, threatening political upheaval. The protest drew about 6,000 activists to a plaza square near the presidential headquarters on Wednesday, and the opposition vowed to at least double the number and to stay on until President Kurmanbek Bakiyev resigns. Bakiyev, who came to power himself following a popular street revolution two years ago, sought to head off the protest by signing constitutional amendments curtailing his power on Tuesday. The opposition, however, rejected his move and rallied the protesters to Bishkek's Ala Too square.

■ PHILIPPINES

President may cancel trip

President Gloria Arroyo said yesterday she may cancel her official visit to China following her husband's heart surgery. Arroyo told reporters she was reviewing whether to go ahead with the visit, but gave no further details. "I'm still consulting with the DFA [Department of Foreign Affairs]," she said when asked if she was planning to cancel her trip, scheduled from April 20-25. Cabinet members have said the president's trip to China would depend on her husband's recovery. Arroyo briefly left the hospital yesterday where her husband is confined for a meeting at the presidential palace, but returned a few hours later.

■ SINGAPORE

Wife tattooed by husband

A man who suspected his wife of infidelity gagged her, tied her to a bed with ropes and tattooed her arms, breasts and abdomen in order to "teach her a lesson," court documents showed yesterday. The 45-year-old man was sentenced to three years' imprisonment and six strokes of the cane by a Singapore court on Wednesday, a court official said yesterday. A friend who had helped the man to restrain and tattoo the 33-year-old woman is still at large, the court official said.

■ FRANCE

Diver dies in accident

Record-breaking French free-diver Loic Leferme died in an accident on Wednesday while training in the Mediterranean Sea, a statement posted on his Web site said. Leferme, 36, was training off the southeastern town of Villefranche-sur-Mer when his system of counterweights failed, the statement said. He dove to 170m and was resurfacing when the accident happened, the statement said. Leferme was unconscious when he was brought to the surface. He was evacuated to neighboring Nice, where emergency workers tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him for 45 minutes. Leferme broke the world record for free-diving in 2004 with his unassisted dive of 171m.

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