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■ VIETNAM

Party chief heads to N Korea

Communist Party chief Nong Duc Manh left Hanoi yesterday for a three-day visit to North Korea to boost ties, state media and officials said. "The visit highlights Vietnam's role in promoting reduction of tension, denuclearization and peaceful reunification of Koreas and expanding regional cooperation in accordance with the interests of the two nations," Communist Party newspaper Nhan Dan said in a front page editorial. "Vietnam greatly appreciates [North] Korean people's efforts under the clear-sighted leadership of comrade Kim Jong-il in enhancing the cause of building a strong and prosperous nation," it said. Nong was accompanied by Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem and other senior party and government officials.

■ AUSTRALIA

Kids mistake drugs for candy

Three schoolchildren aged 10 and 11 were rushed to hospital after mistaking suspected ecstasy tablets for candy, police said yesterday. New South Wales state police said emergency services were called in on Monday afternoon when two 10-year-old boys and one girl, 11, became giddy and disorientated after eating the tablets. Media reports said the girl was believed to have brought the tablets to her school in Wollongong, south of Sydney, then shared them with the boys at lunch break. Police inspector Bob Noble said there was no suggestion the children had deliberately taken ecstasy or drug dealers had targeted the pupils. The children were released from hospital on Monday night and were recovering with their parents.

■ MALAYSIA

Woman beds wrong man

A woman who mistakenly had sex with a houseguest, believing him to be her husband, has complained to police that she was raped, a newspaper said yesterday. With her husband away at work, the 40-year-old housewife in the northeastern state of Terengganu went to bed early on Friday morning, after hectic preparations for celebrations the next day to end the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. About an hour later, she felt a man next to her and proceeded to make love to him, although she did not see his face, the New Straits Times said. When the woman's 34-year-old husband walked into the room a short while afterwards, she was surprised to see him in his work clothes, and only realized her error when he questioned her about a man he had seen walking out of the room, the paper said. Police have arrested the couple's friend, a 29-year-old laborer who has been staying with them for the past couple of months, and are treating the case as a rape.

■ UNITED KINGDOM

Terracotta warriors muzzled

A climate campaigner put masks on two terracotta warriors in an exhibition at the British Museum in London on Sunday to protest China's carbon dioxide emissions. Martin Wyness, the father of two young daughters, said his protest was to draw attention to the lack of international action on global warming and China's growing role in the climate crisis. "It is a protest against China's CO2 emissions. Nothing was damaged. It was all very respectful," he said, adding he had then been grabbed by security guards and bundled out of the "First Emperor" exhibit. A museum spokeswoman said: "We have examined the two objects very carefully and there doesn't appear to be any damage."

■ IRAQ

Cabinet meets on Turkey

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called an emergency Cabinet meeting yesterday to discuss Turkish threats to launch an incursion into northern Iraq to crush Kurdish rebels. The meeting of his government's crisis cell comes as Ankara seeks parliamentary approval for military action in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region against bases of rebels of the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Maliki's office said he would "not accept military solutions as a way of dealing [with issues] between the two countries even though we realize and understand the worries of our Turkish friends." It said he had stressed the importance of implementing an agreement between Iraq and Turky signed last month to combat the PKK.

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