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■ CHINA

Huge park planned

Beijing plans to establish its largest national park yet, covering about 10,000km2, in the northwest of the country, state media said yesterday. The Kanas Geological Park, in the remote Xinjiang region, will be expanded from its current 1,000km2, Xinhua news agency reported. The result would be "the world's largest national park," Xinhua said. That claim may be challenged by authorities in Greenland, home to the 972,000km2 National Park of Northeastern Greenland, which was established in 1974.

■ INDIA

Temple visitors trampled

At least 12 Hindu devotees were trampled to death on a narrow path leading to a temple in western Gujarat State yesterday, police said. Another seven people were injured in the stampede that occurred during a religious festival in Panchmahal District, nearly 150km south of Ahmadabad senior police officiall Dipandar Trivedi said. The temple is situated on a hilltop. Thousands of people had crowded the narrow path leading to the temple when the stampede occurred, Trivedi said.

■ CHINA

Explosion traps miners

One worker was killed and 18 others trapped after a coal mine explosion in Jiangxi Province, officials and state media said yesterday. The blast in the Jianxin Coal mine happened shortly before midnight on Saturday while 283 miners were working in the pit, Xinhua news agency reported. As of yesterday morning, 262 miners had escaped unhurt, while one miner was confirmed killed, two were injured and 18 others remained trapped, a local coal mining official said.

■ AFGHANISTAN

Motorbike bomb kills nine

A suicide bomber on a motorbike detonated explosives in a crowded marketplace near Afghan police, killing nine people and wounding at least 29, officials said. The blast on Saturday killed two police officers and seven civilians in the city of Spin Boldak in the province of Kandahar near the border with Pakistan, a statement from NATO's International Security Assistance force said. NATO evacuated 11 of the wounded victims by helicopter to an alliance-run hospital, while the rest were taken to the Spin Boldak hospital, it said.

■ THAILAND

Eight killed in cave flood

Six Western tourists and two Thai guides were killed after being swept away by flash floods while exploring a cave at a national park in Surathani Province, police said yesterday. One tourist was still missing. The victims were trekking through the Khao Sok national park in late on Saturday afternoon when a heavy rainfall caused flash floods that sent water surging through the cave, which was near a waterfall, said police Lieutenant Colonel Pichan Kanayasiri. The tourists were identified as three women, two men and a child. Another man is still listed as missing.

■ MALAYSIA

Stowaway reaches Singapore

Officialls have ordered a probe into how a Palestinian man breached security at its main airport and stowed away on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, reports said yesterday. Osama R.M. Shublaq stunned the ground crew at Singapore's Changi Airport when he fell out from the wheel well of the Singapore Airline aircraft shortly after it landed late on Thursday, the Star newspaper reported in its online edition. He was dizzy from a lack of oxygen after the 55-minute flight from Kuala Lumpur, but was otherwise unhurt, the report said. Shublaq was detained by police and charged with entering the city-state illegally.

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