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■ AUSTRALIA

Wheelchair drunk charged

A man has been charged with driving his motorized wheelchair down a highway while drunk, police said yesterday. Motorists were forced to drive around the 64-year-old man after he fell asleep in an exit lane on the Captain Cook Highway in northern Queensland state at 10am on Friday. When a passing police patrol woke him up he told them he had intended to drive 14km to visit a friend. He was given a breathalyzer test and found to be more than six times over the legal limit for driving, police say.

■ SINGAPORE

Maritime exercise executed

Singapore and the US kicked off an 11-day maritime exercise on Monday focusing on anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare and security operations. A key highlight of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise is the “MISTRAL missile firing by the Republic of Singapore Navy’s landing ship tank RSS Endeavour against air drone targets,” the defense ministry said in a statement. “Land, sea and air elements from the two armed forces, totaling 1,400 personnel, 14 ships, five fixed and rotary wing aircraft, and one submarine, will be deployed for the exercise,” the ministry said.

■ VIETNAM

Man dies after selling kidney

A student has died at his home after selling one of his kidneys in China to earn money to marry his girlfriend, officials said yesterday. To Cong Luan, a 22-year-old student at the Industrial Technical College in Ho Chi Minh City, died on Sunday at his home in a town in the central province of Ninh Thuan, according to Pham Thi Hong Phan, an official with the town’s People’s Committee. Luan had his left kidney removed in Guangzhou, China, where he developed paralysis after the operation.

■ JAPAN

Woman stabs passengers

Police were yesterday searching for a woman who stabbed three people in the arm at a crowded train station in Osaka. Officials issued a public plea for information and released pictures of the suspect taken by security cameras on Sunday afternoon. The images show a middle-aged woman in a black dress and with shoulder-length hair, her face obscured by a large sun hat. She is suspected of stabbing three women from behind on a crowded platform in Osaka Station. The victims included two university students and a company executive, local media reported. All three had only light injuries.

■ THAILAND

Violence in south claims five

A clash between authorities and suspected separatists and attacks on civilians claimed five lives yesterday in the troubled south, where train travel has been disrupted because of the growing violence. Early yesterday morning a joint patrol of police and soldiers was ambushed on the road from Pattani to Bannang Sata district, 780km south of Bangkok, sparking a five-minute gunbattle. The shootout left three insurgents dead, Bannang Sata Police Colonel Sompien Todsomya said. Meanwhile, in Pattani Province, suspected separatists shot dead a rubber merchant in Panare district, and villagers discovered a corpse in Yarang, believed to be another victim of violence. On Saturday, insurgents boarded a government train in Yala, shooting dead three railways employees and one policeman. Train service in the deep south, including Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala provinces, was suspended yesterday because of the attack.

■ JAPAN

Boat capsizes; 13 missing

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