Fri, Sep 14, 2007 - Page 5 News List

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■ CHINA

Russians still missing

Rescuers were able to narrow their search yesterday for six Russians missing in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region after locating canoes and clothing apparently abandoned by the group, state media said. Chinese rescuers searching the upper reaches of the Yurungkax river by helicopter found red canoes, clothing and iron bars used to fix canoes at two separate sites along the river, the official Xinhua news agency said. The group planned to paddle down the Yurungkax using three canoes for 12 days, but failed to meet up with their local Russian interpreter, Zhang Hong, as scheduled on Sept. 2, earlier reports said.

■ CAMBODIA

Woman attacked with needle

A man was jailed yesterday for injecting a woman with his own blood after she spurned his romantic advances, police said. Lonn Sopheaktra, 22, was arrested on Tuesday, a day after he injured a 21-year-old woman in the town of Battambang, police official Tan Sophal said. The man allegedly injected a syringe filled with his own blood into her rib cage and waist as she was riding a motorbike to school. "He confessed that he injected her with his blood because he loves her so much, but she refused his love," he said. "The man hinted that if he could not have her, at least his blood would stay inside her body."

■ MALAYSIA

Judge pays house call

To serve justice, a judge decided she can go any distance -- even if it means driving down to the house of the accused to determine the truth. Judge Nurmala Salim was told by a defense lawyer on Wednesday that Khalid Arshad, on trial for improper business practice, couldn't be in court because he was bedridden after suffering a stroke, the Star daily reported on Thursday. Nurmala decided to verify the claim personally and went to Khalid's house along with the lawyers, the investigating officer and others, the Star said. It did not say if the house call satisfied Nurmala about Khalid's condition.

■ INDONESIA

British man sentenced

A Bali court sentenced the brother of British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay to 10 months in jail on Thursday for drug possession. Ronald Watson Ramsay, 39, was arrested on the tropical tourist haven in February for possessing of 100mg of heroin. Prosecutors had recommended that he be jailed for 14 years. Judge Wayan Merta said Ramsay was "guilty beyond any doubt with possession of narcotics" as he meted out his sentence, which also included a fine of US$500 or else a further six months in jail. Ramsay's lawyer, Erwin Siregar, told the court his client needed more time to decide whether he would file an appeal.

■ PAKISTAN

Militants target Buddha

Islamic militants tried to blow up an ancient statue of Buddha carved into a mountainside, but failed to damage the structure, officials and witnesses said. A group of armed men arrived in Jehanabad in the North West Frontier Province on Monday saying they would blow up the 7m statue, villager Amir Khan said. "I told them that there are houses near to the rock and any blast could put our lives in danger, but they pointed their weapons at us," Khan said. Abdul Nasir, assistant curator of the museum in the nearby town of Swat said: "Islam teaches us to respect other religions and faiths, but unfortunately some elements are disturbing the peace in the Swat valley."

■ UNITED KINGDOM

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