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Woman kills baby, self
A woman killed her 14-month-old baby and then jumped to her death with the child in her arms from the 37th floor of her apartment in Hong Kong, police said yesterday. The 31-year-old woman is believed to have killed herself and the child because her husband was having an affair. Police were called to the scene on Friday by the woman’s father, who said his daughter had told him she had killed the baby and was going to kill herself. They arrived to find the bodies of the mother and child on the pavement below her apartment. The woman had knife wounds to her wrist. Police said they found six suicide notes written to her husband and relatives.
Workers freed in Nigeria
Kidnappers have released three employees of a Chinese construction firm in Nigeria, China’s foreign ministry said yesterday, two days after they were abducted following a dispute over wages and working conditions. The brief statement on the foreign ministry Web site said the three Chinese men were safe but did not give further details of the release. A driver for China Civil Engineering Construction Corp (CCECC) was suspected of acting in collaboration with other Nigerian employees of the firm when he abducted the men, including the company’s finance manager, on Thursday, Nigerian officials said. They were returning to the firm’s residential compound from a site near the remote southeastern state capital of Calabar. A Cross River state spokesman, Patrick Ugbe, had earlier told reporters that Nigerian staff of CCECC had given a protest letter to Governor Liyel Imoke on Tuesday, when he visited a site where the company is building a bridge, complaining about poor wages and welfare.
Attackers kill three Shiites
Gunmen shot dead three Shiite Muslims in suspected sectarian violence yesterday in a northwestern Pakistani town, police said. The attackers opened fire on a shop in the main bazaar of Dera Ismail Khan town and fled on a motorbike, local police chief Abdul Ghaffar Qaisarani said. The shopkeeper, his salesman and a visitor were killed in the attack, Qaisarani said. The dead were members of the Shiite community, he said. Shiites account for 20 percent of the population of Pakistan.
British man goes missing
Police in the southern Philippines are searching for a British national who went missing after leaving his hotel, authorities said yesterday. James David Rowe, described as an automotive spare parts businessman, had been staying at the Amil Hotel in the port city of Zamboanga when he left with an unnamed Filipino man on Thursday, an employee of the hotel said. He has not yet reappeared, the employee said. “The foreigner left with a Filipino man and never returned ... His things are all still inside the room,” said the hotel employee without elaborating. Last month, the US embassy received information that extremists might be planning to kidnap Americans or other foreigners in Zamboanga.
Video authentic, panel says
A royal inquiry has identified a former chief judge as the man involved in a video clip allegedly showing a senior lawyer brokering judicial appointments, reports said yesterday. In a front page headline, the influential New Straits Times newspaper said the inquiry panel identified former chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim as the man on the other end of the line with senior lawyer V.K. Lingam in the 2001 clip. The five-man inquiry panel found the clip to be authentic and the conversation to be true, the paper reported, quoting commission sources. Former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim unleashed a furore last year by releasing the clip, which apparently showed the lawyer telling a judge over the phone that he would put him forward for a top job.