President files lawsuit
Indonesia's president filed a lawsuit against a former house leader yesterday after being accused of polygamy, which is illegal for civil servants in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono -- accompanied by his wife Kristiani and several bodyguards -- went to the police headquarters in the capital Jakarta to personally file his complaint against Zaenal Ma'arif. Ma'arif, who was fired as a deputy chairman of the nation's 500-seat parliament, said last week that he had evidence Yudhoyono was married to another woman in the 1970s and that the pair had two children.
Children killed in blast
A land mine left over from the 1970s exploded in the north, killing three children and wounding six, two seriously, state media reported yesterday. The three children, all aged 10, were killed at the scene as they tried to extract scrap metal from the land mine on Friday in Lai Chau Province, the Tuoi Tre newspaper said. Six other children, also the same age, were wounded and two remained in critical condition, the newspaper said. Local authorities were not available for comment. The children collected the land mine while tending their buffaloes and tried to smash it open when it exploded, the paper said.
Police, protesters clash
Police clashed with thousands of villagers protesting over the pollution of local water supplies by a brewery in the southwest, a human rights monitor reported yesterday. It said seven protesters were detained and 20 injured. The People's Armed Police moved in on Friday to break up the protest in Yuanshi, Sichuan Province, the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy reported. Villagers protested after China Resources (Shifang) Breweries Co dumped waste water, contaminating supplies used for drinking and farm irrigation, the center said. Seven people were detained and 20 injured in Yuanshi, on the outskirts of Shifang, the report said.
Flooding maroons 200,000
At least 200,000 people have been marooned in the north, as monsoon rains and snow melt from the Himalayas hit the flood-prone nation, state-run media said. The military has begun to evacuate people and distribute relief as major rivers burst their banks and inundated low areas in the north, the state-run BSS news agency said. Unconfirmed reports said at least 10 people have so far died of drowning and snake-bites in the area. Last month, landslides triggered by heavy rains killed at least 126 people in southeastern city of Chittagong on the bay of Bengal. The government's flood forecasting center said the situation could worsen in the next few days.
Train on way to India
A passenger train left Dhaka for India yesterday on a trial run as the two neighbors push to restore regular train services after a gap of 36 years, an official said. The train, carrying a 35-member delegation, was expected to reach the eastern Indian metropolis of Kolkata late yesterday, a railway ministry official said. In Kolkata, the delegation will meet its Indian counterpart and negotiate immigration and customs procedures. Train services between the two countries stopped in 1965. Kolkata and Dhaka are connected by air and bus services.
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