■ SOUTH KOREA
Plane skids off runway
A passenger plane skidded off the runway at an airport in Busan, injuring at least four people yesterday, officials said. The Bombardier Q400, operated by budget domestic carrier Jeju Airlines, was coming in to land at Kimhae Airport when it veered off. "Four or five people were slightly injured when the plane skidded off the runway with 74 passengers aboard," one official said. Yonhap news agency said 10 people sustained "scratches and bruises." The body of the plane hit the ground as it skidded through a strong wind, it said, and one propeller was destroyed.
Fish bombs kill three
Police have arrested the owner of a house in West Java Province after explosives -- believed to be intended for catching fish -- went off, killing three people, the provincial police chief said on yesterday. Herman Sumawiredja told a news conference that the blast which ripped through several houses in the coastal town of Pasuruan on Saturday did not appear to be a terrorist act. "Our preliminary conclusion is that the motive for making this bomb is to catch fish. There's no link to terrorism," Sumawiredja said. Using explosives to catch fish is common practice, even though it is illegal.
■ SRI LANKA
Explosion kills one
A bomb exploded near a military vehicle in restive northern Sri Lanka yesterday, killing one soldier and seriously wounding three others, the military said, blaming separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. The explosion took place in ethnic Tamil-majority northern Jaffna peninsula, an official at the Defense Ministry's information center said. One soldier was killed and three others seriously wounded in the blast, the official said. Tamils consider Jaffna as their cultural heartland and in 1995 the military ended five years of rebel control by seizing back the peninsula. A new wave of violence in the past 21 months has seen more than 5,000 people killed and hundreds of thousands displaced.
McDonald's blast kills one
A faulty air conditioner exploded yesterday at a McDonald's restaurant in Calcutta, killing one person and seriously injuring three others, police said. The explosion happened early in the morning before the restaurant opened, killing a passer-by, Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee said."Three others were admitted to hospital in serious condition," he said. Mukherjee said that there was no evidence of sabotage, and that initial investigations indicated that a faulty air conditioner exploded, possibly setting off gas canisters in the kitchen. The powerful blast ripped the front off the shop and shattered car windows on the busy street outside. The restaurant opened in March and was the first McDonald's in Calcutta.
Fire at army depot rages on
A deadly fire at a major army ammunition depot in Kashmir raged for a second day yesterday, igniting shells and other ammunition that rained down on nearby villages, the army said. The fire, believed to be an accident, broke out on Saturday in southern Khandroo village, which houses one of the largest army ammunition depots in Kashmir. Two people were killed and more than 30 injured in connection with the blaze.
Circumcision kills girl
A 13-year-old girl has died during a circumcision operation, two months after the death of another girl prompted health officials to ban the widespread traditional procedure, local media said. The latest death was uncovered when Karima Rahim Massoud's father applied for a death certificate on Friday, insisting his daughter had died from natural causes, the independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm reported yesterday. The father has been referred to the state prosecutor. The doctor involved also has been referred to the prosecutor and his clinic in rural Gharbiyah Province has been closed down, state-owned al-Gomhoria daily reported.