Aussie publisher deported
The military regime yesterday defied a court order not to deport the Australian publisher of a local newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, officials said. Evan Hannah, publisher of the Fiji Times, was the second newspaper publisher to be deported from Fiji this year by the government of coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama. Fiji TV quoted the country’s interim Defense Minister Ratu Epeli Ganilau as saying he approved the deportation because the newspaper had been printing stories threatening national security. Hannah was put on a Korean Air flight bound for Seoul, said a Fiji Times executive who did not want to be named, and a spokesman for the Australian High Commission confirmed his departure yesterday morning.
Nanjing Bible press opening
China will become one of the biggest Bible producing countries in the world when a new printing press opens this month. Nanjing is home to a 48,000m² factory in an industrial park which will employ 600 non-Christian locals producing 23 Bibles a minute. Most will be distributed in China in 10 languages and braille. The plant is expected to supply a quarter of the world’s Bibles by next year. The Amity Printing Co, a joint venture with the British Bible Society, printed its 50 millionth Bible last December and its new press, opening on May 19, will double annual production to 12 million. At least 7 percent of the population are estimated to be believers.
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Three teens arrested for sex
Police yesterday arrested three teenage males on suspicion of sexually molesting primary school students in a series of assault cases that a civic group and local media said involved more than 50 victims. Older students forced boys and girls at the primary school in the southeastern city of Daegu to mimic sexual acts they had seen on pornographic Web sites and TV, a civic group made up of parents from the area, teachers and human rights advocates said. A police official in Daegu said the three middle school boys were arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing eight elementary school girls.
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Police probe murder
Police said yesterday they had launched a joint probe with Philippine police into the murder of a 67-year-old South Korean millionaire. The woman, identified only by her family name Park, was found dead on April 3 in Batangas province, about 100km south of Manila. She had been shot twice in the head. Philippine police identifed the body because a paper bag containing a boarding pass and 51,700 pesos (US$1,220) in cash was found at the scene. Police in Seoul said they are investigating whether her death was linked to disputes over the inheritance of her wealth. Park had a fortune of more than 20 billion won, local media reports said.
Power cuts set off riots
Rioters, some wearing just underwear, clashed with police in northern India early yesterday in anger over massive power cuts that left wide swaths of the region without electricity as summer temperatures soared, police said. Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowds who attacked police vehicles, blocked roads and rail lines, set an electricity transformer on fire and attacked electricity workers in Uttar Pradesh state, police spokesman Surendra Srivastava said. More than 250 people had been detained and charged with rioting, Srivastava said.