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Mother accused of murder

A woman was charged yesterday with premeditated murder for allegedly tossing her one-year-old baby boy into a river, officials said. So Savoeurn, 20, claimed she is HIV-positive and had passed on the virus to her toddler, said Prak Chut, a district police chief of the southeastern Svay Rieng Province. She said she threw her son into the river because she could not afford food or medicine for him, Prak Chut said. Prak Chut said So Savoeurn had no medical documents to prove her or her son's illness. Police arrested her Thursday, two days after authorities found her son's body floating in the river.


Factory explosion kills five

Five people were killed and 2,000 were evacuated in a chemical factory explosion, state media reported yesterday. The blast at Canzhou Dahua TDI, a producer of chemicals used in the manufacturing of polyurethane, occurred on Friday afternoon in Hebei Province, the official Xinhua news agency said. "The blast in the nitration workshop section led to a fire," a Cangzhou city spokeswoman said. More than 100 people were injured, fourteen seriously, many of them suffering burns, the report said. The accident prompted authorities to move more than 2,000 residents in a nearby village in case of a toxic leak.


Authorities fight bird flu

Authorities are struggling to combat deadly bird flu as it continues to spread with more than 150,000 chickens and foul destroyed, an official said yesterday. The avian influenza, first detected in a farm near the capital Dhaka, has so far infected more than 40 farms in 11 districts. Authorities have culled 151,000 birds, government spokesman Abdul Motalib confirmed. "The situation is not grave yet. But with limited technical men and working seven-days a week, we have been struggling to combat the deadly disease," he said. Motalib said a farm in the northern Nilphamari district was the latest to be infected with the deadly virus on Friday. A total of 3137 chickens and ducks were culled.


Sixth eruption of volcano

A volcano shot clouds of grayish ash and steam 4km high yesterday, but residents were in no immediate danger from the eruption, volcanologists said. It was the sixth eruption of the 1,560m Mount Bulusan this year, said Espie del Mundo of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. "This is usually just ash, so the only hazard is from ash," such as respiratory ailments, del Mundo said. The volcanic ash caused "zero visibility" over some parts of Juban and Irosin towns, making it hazardous for motorists, said Mayor Edwin Hamor of nearby Casiguran who visited the area.


Activist lawyers sentenced

A court on Friday sentenced two activist lawyers to up to five years in jail in the latest trial of political dissidents in the communist-run state. Nguyen Van Dai, 39, and Le Thi Cong Nhan, 28, part of a new generation of Internet-based political activists with supporters overseas, were found guilty of "spreading propaganda against the state," a criminal offense. The four-hour trial was one of three this week of activists from the country's tiny dissident community, who propose alternatives to one-party rule. Hanoi People's Court Chief Judge Nguyen Huu Chinh sentenced Dai to five years in prison plus four years "administrative surveillance."

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