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Roadside bomb kills one

A roadside bomb planted by suspected separatist rebels killed one soldier and wounded five yesterday in the insurgency-torn south, police said. A 47-year-old sergeant major died after the powerful blast overturned a military pick-up truck in Pattani Province, police said. Among the five wounded soldiers, two of them were in serious condition in a Pattani hospital, the local police chief said. The bombing came as military-installed Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont traveled to the Muslim-majority south, which is observing Ramadan, for the ground-breaking ceremony of a new Islamic school.


Shows deemed `too explicit'

Chinese regulators have ordered 11 radio shows off the air for talking too explicitly about sex. The order on Friday by China's broadcast agency added to a series of recent moves to ban radio or television programs deemed too vulgar or sexually oriented. The latest shows targeted broadcast material of an "extreme pornographic nature" about sex lives, the effectiveness of sex-related drugs and other topics, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television said. Regulators said those responsible would be "dealt with" but gave no indication whether they might face criminal charges.


Junta cuts phone lines

Myanmar's military junta has cut off the phones of 50 activists and organizations, including the National League for Democracy (NLD), in an apparent attempt to halt weeks of protests, sources said on Friday. "They have cut off the phone line to my home and our headquarters," Myint Thein, an NLD spokesman, said. Other dissident sources said that, in all, 50 mobile and landline telephones had been cut off, possibly to prevent contact with the foreign media or exile news organizations whose reports are broadcast back into the former Burma on shortwave radio.


Sex trade recruits virgins

The strong demand for young virgin girls from men who patronize prostitutes in Cambodia fuels the entry of underage women into the commercial sex trade, a humanitarian group said in a report on Friday. More than one-third of female sex workers surveyed for the report by the International Organization for Migration said they entered the sector through the sale of their virginity. The report said 203 women and girls were interviewed in depth for the study. The average age of girls who sold their virginity was 16-17 years old, it said. Though some girls sold their virginity voluntarily, many were tricked into the trade by friends and relatives or were forced by poverty and domestic violence into it.


Workers stranded at airport

Thousands of foreign workers, mostly from Bangladesh, have been forced to camp in the parking lot of Kuala Lumpur's international airport while waiting for their employers, a report said yesterday. The Star newspaper said the immigration department had turned a section of the car park into a temporary shelter for the foreigners. One worker, Bangladeshi Kho Kan, told the daily that he had arrived two days ago with 24 other men who had been told they would be working in Malaysian factories. An agent said that delays were often caused by miscommunication. "Some agents had no idea that their workers had arrived, so they were not here to pick [them] up," he told the Star.


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