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■ MYANMAR

Thai killed by militants

An artillery attack by militants on a controversial hydroelectric project killed one Thai national and prompted the evacuation of dozens of remaining Thais working at the site, a company spokesman said yesterday. The Thai workers were surveying the site in eastern Karen State as part of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand's agreement to build a US$1 billion dam project on the Salween River. Saman Kantameun, 53, was killed on Sunday when "a group of rebels" shelled their camp, authority spokesman Apichart Dilogsopon said.

■ INDONESIA

Woman loses locks on bus

A first-time visitor to the capital traveling on one of its pickpocket-prone buses was stunned to find her wallet safe but her hair snipped off during a ride, a report said yesterday. Nuryamah, 35, felt a tug on the back of her head as she took a mid-morning ride in Jakarta on Monday and realized a thief had cut off 40cm of her lengthy locks, the Jakarta Post reported. "It took me six years to grow this," she sobbed to police as she filed a report to them, according to the daily. A nearby officer nabbed the culprit, Agus Setiawan, who told police he had intended to use the ponytail to make keychains.

■ MALAYSIA

Husband found to be female

A court has ordered a couple to separate, declaring their marriage a same-sex union as the husband was a woman, local media reported yesterday. An Islamic court in the Malacca ruled as void the marriage between 40-year-old Mohd Sufian Mohamad and 43-year-old Zaiton Aziz after medical examinations showed Sufian was a woman, the New Straits Times said. Same-sex relationships are not recognized in the country. A mosque official performed the marriage between Sufian and Zaiton in December 2002 but the state religious affairs department refused to register the marriage after becoming suspicious of Sufian's gender.

■ NEPAL

Eight arrested in bombings

Police have detained at least eight people over bombings in Kathmandu over the weekend, officials said yesterday. Two people were killed and 20 others injured on Sunday, when three near-simultaneous explosions tore through two buses and a busy market. Three little-known groups pushing for more autonomy claimed responsibility. "We have carried out a massive search and detained eight people for interrogation," police spokesman Sushil Barsimha Thapa said. Security has been tightened on all routes into Kathmandu, he said.

■ SWITZERLAND

Air controllers convicted

A district court in Buelach found four air traffic control employees guilty yesterday on charges related to a mid-air collision over Germany in July 2002. Four other employees of Skyguide, who had also been facing charges of negligent manslaughter, were acquitted by the court, the Swiss news agency ATS reported. Three of the guilty were given suspended jail sentences of a year each, while another was fined, ATS said. The collision of a Russian Bashkirian airlines jet and a DHL cargo plane in Swiss-controlled airspace killed 71 people. The trial of the eight in May -- which followed an air accident inquiry and court cases in Germany -- focused on shortcomings in the Zurich air traffic control room on the night of the disaster over the German town of Ueberlingen.

■ SOUTH AFRICA

Hearse thieves caught

Police in Soweto have arrested two men who stole a hearse with a corpse inside and embarked on a drinking spree near the largest township of Soweto, media reported on Monday. The suspects were caught after their vehicle ran out of gasoline on Sunday, the Sowetan newspaper reported. They had gone into a bar where they met three women and asked them to help push the car to the nearest gasoline station, it said. They told the women the corpse in the coffin belonged to a relative and that they were on their way to bury it at a cemetery.

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