Sun, May 06, 2007 - Page 7 News List

World News Quick Take

AGENCIES

■ INDIA

Fifteen workers feared dead

At least 15 workers were feared killed in an explosion yesterday at a gelatin manufacturing plant in the west, a news report said. The blast near Nasik City was so powerful that a three-floor building inside the factory complex collapsed, the Press Trust of India news agency said quoting unnamed police officials. The explosion occurred early yesterday, when there were about 20 workers inside the factory that operates round the clock through three shifts, the PTI report said.

■ CHINA

Lovers in death pact

A man and a woman killed themselves "for love" with a bomb that exploded in a hotel room in Yunnan Province, police and media said on Friday. Local police think the pair had an adulterous affair and chose to die together rather than live apart, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The bomb went off early on Thursday evening at the Jindi Hotel in Jinggu County, injuring another two people and littering the streets outside with shards of broken glass. An official with the local police department said there was a bomb, but he declined to provide further details.

■ AUSTRALIA

Yachtsman rescued

Authorities yesterday rescued a Japanese yachtsman who was attempting to become the oldest solo sailor to circumnavigate the world without stopping. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said Ikuo Kashima, 77, hit trouble overnight when his yacht was disabled by a freak wave in the Southern Ocean about 100km southwest of Tasmania. Kashima left Japan nine months ago in an attempt to the break the record without stopping at any ports, his Web site said. AMSA spokeswoman Tracey Juggins said Kashina made a distress call via satellite phone to Japan in the early hours of yesterday morning after the wave damaged his 12m yacht Korasaa77.

■ THAILAND

Five killed by rebels

Five people, including two Muslim children, were killed by suspected Islamic rebels in separate attacks in the violence-torn south, police said yesterday. A group of militants ambushed a motorcycle late on Friday and shot dead a 45-year-old Muslim man and his two children -- an 11-year-old girl and a seven-year-old boy, in Yala, one of three Muslim-majority provinces. Also in Yala, a 37-year-old Muslim man was hacked to death by militants in public view at a market late on Friday, police said. They also found the body of a man in a river in the province. While the case was still under investigation, police suspected he was a victim of the three-year insurgency.

■ JAPAN

Woman dies on rollercoaster

A woman died and at least 21 were injured yesterday in a roller coaster accident at a theme park crowded with holidaymakers, police and fire officials said. The incident happened in the early afternoon at Expo Land, Suita City, Osaka Prefecture, police confirmed. At least 21 people were injured, he added. The exact details of the accident were not immediately known but according to Jiji Press the ride tilted while it was running and some passengers were thrown out. Officials from the theme park could not be reached for immediate comment. The roller coaster can fit as many as 24 people and riders use it standing up, instead of being seated.

■ UNITED STATES

Prison keys for sale on eBay

Keys to the Anamosa State Penitentiary in Iowa are for sale on the Internet auction site, prompting a change of locks. The keys belonged to a locksmith who retired from the prison in 1974. He died two years later and when his wife died last year, an auctioneer was hired to sell off the estate, which included the keys. Someone bought the keys and put them up for sale on eBay, claiming that some still work. Jerry Burt, the prison's warden, said he does not know how the retired locksmith obtained the keys. Burt said some locks at the maximum-security prison have been changed since 1974 while others have not, prompting the change. "We did it as a precaution," Burt said.

This story has been viewed 2494 times.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top