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■ PHILIPPINES

Militant captured

Police and soldiers in the south have captured an Islamic militant allegedly involved in the beheading of 10 Marines last year, a military spokesman said yesterday. Sali Dungkal Alih, a member of the Abu Sayyaf group, was arrested by police and military agents on the southern island of Basilan late on Friday, Major Eugene Batara said. He said Alih had taken part in the beheading of the 10 Philippine Marines by Abu Sayyaf and other Muslim guerrillas in July last year in Basilan. The suspect had a bounty of 500,000 pesos (US$11,330) on his head.

■INDONESIA

Two drown in ceremony

Two people drowned when their boat capsized off West Timor during an annual ceremony to ward off evil, police said yesterday. The ethnic Chinese were killed when their boat capsized in heavy seas off Tanjung Bastian beach on the northern coast of West Timor on Sunday afternoon, district police chief Abdul Salam said. “Strong waves overturned one of the boats and two participants drowned and were found dead,” Salam said.

■NEW ZEALAND

Drought limits energy supply

People are likely to be asked to cut their electricity consumption from this weekend because of the effects of a prolonged drought, Energy Minister David Parker said yesterday. The drought has reduced the level of the most important South Island lakes used for generating hydro-electricity to about half of normal. About 64 percent of New Zealand’s power comes from hydro generation. “Rain over the weekend has had a small positive impact, but unless we receive significantly more this week, a power savings campaign funded by electricity generators will be stepped up, starting on Sunday,” Parker said.

■MALAYSIA

CD sniffing dog killed

A dog trained to sniff out pirated discs, from a Malaysian unit which criminals have made threats against, has been found dead in the undisclosed location where it was kept, a report said on Sunday. The New Straits Times said that Manny, a one-year-old golden Labrador which arrived in Malaysia in February, died about a week ago and that authorities were trying to determine the cause of death. “We have sent Manny’s body to University Putra Malaysia for a post mortem,” said Roslan Mahayuddin, the enforcement director of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry. “He had not started work yet so I doubt that there was anyone who wanted to harm him,” Roslan said. Manny and another dog Paddy were the latest additions to the world’s first anti-piracy canine unit. The first dogs in the unit, another pair of Labradors named Lucky and Flo, made headlines last year after uncovering huge stashes of pirated CDs, doing serious damage to the lucrative illegal industry. During a five-month stint during which they sniffed out 1.6 million CDs, leading counterfeiters placed bounties on their heads.

■CHINA

Race fatal to onlookers

At least three people have died and another five are missing after they fell into a river while watching a dragon boat race in Jiangxi Province, Xinhua news agency said yesterday. The eight were watching the race in Tonggubao village around 5pm on Sunday when they fell into the water. Witnesses said the riverbank had become muddy and slippery after recent rains. A search was underway for the missing five.

■ UNITED KINGDOM

Fathers stage rooftop sit-in

Two fathers’ rights demonstrators scaled the roof of a senior lawmaker’s home in London on Sunday to stage a protest over family law policy. The men, dressed in superhero costumes, clambered on to the rooftops of the home of Harriet Harman, the deputy leader of the Labour party. Protest group Fathers 4 Justice said the men were Mark Harris and Jolly Stanesby, both from Plymouth. The group campaigns for reform of family laws and greater access rights for fathers who live apart from their children. The demonstrators said they planned to remain on Harman’s roof until she read a book written by Harris on problems fathers meet in the family courts system.

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