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■ JAPAN

Murdered family discovered

Police found a young girl and three other members of a family dead at their home outside Tokyo yesterday following a call from a man saying he had killed his entire family, a police spokesman said. Police discovered the bodies of the girl, two women and a man in Chiba, a prefecture to the east of Tokyo, the police spokesman said on condition of anonymity, citing department policy. The victims included a girl aged about five, two women in their 70s and 40s and a man in his 50s.

■CHINA

Pig’s will lauded as symbol

A pig that survived for 36 days buried beneath rubble in the quake-hit southwest on a diet of charcoal has been hailed as a symbol of the will to stay alive, state press reported on Monday. The pig, who weighed nearly 150kg at the time of the magnitude-8.0 earthquake on May 12, had lost two thirds of its weight when found last week, the Chongqing Evening Post said. “It didn’t look like a pig at all when it was saved. It was as thin as a goat!” a witness told Xinhua news agency. According to the report in the Chongqing Evening Post, the pig survived on water and a bag of charcoal that had been buried with the one-year-old in the ruins of Pengzhou, Sichuan Province.

■NEW ZEALAND

Two charged with murder

Two men were arrested yesterday and charged with the murder of a South Korean tourist who disappeared on a backpacker holiday nearly five years ago, police said. His body has not been found. The arrests followed two anonymous letters sent to the police this month about the disappearance of Kim Jae-hyeon, 25, an economics student from Pusan, after they reopened the case and launched a search for his body. A police statement said he was believed to have died on the South Island in September or October 2003 and his body could yet be recovered but “the initiative for that now lay with other people.”

■CHINA

Heroin smuggled in carpets

Drug traffickers sewed tiny tubes of heroin into “flying carpets” that were shipped to China as part of a newly discovered method for smuggling illicit drugs, state media said yesterday. Customs officials in Urumqi, capital of the far western Xinjiang region that borders Pakistan and Afghanistan among other countries, confiscated 48kg of heroin from 32 carpets sent from Pakistan in March alone, the China Daily said. Two months earlier, 5kg of heroin were discovered in three carpets shipped from Afghanistan, the newspaper said. Traffickers had injected the heroin into tiny plastic tubes that were then wrapped in synthetic fibres and sewn into the carpets, it said.

■CHINA

Lake to become tourist spot

Authorities hopes to turn a dangerous “quake lake” that once threatened up to 1.3 million lives into a tourist spot as part of rebuilding efforts in its quake-hit southwest, state press said yesterday. The Tangjiashan lake was the biggest of several lakes created when the May 12 earthquake struck Sichuan Province, triggering landslides that blocked rivers and led to the build up of large bodies of water. Early relief and rescue work following the quake were hampered by the possibility that the quake lakes would burst and bring further misery. Now officials are seeking to profit by developing the lakes into tourist spots, Xinhua news agency said.

■MACEDONIA

Four teenagers convicted

A regional court on Monday convicted four teenagers of burning a man to death in the eternal flame of their town’s World War II memorial. The Vladimir Regional Court gave prison sentences of 16 to 18 years to three 19-year-old defendants, while a 15-year-old defendant was sentenced to a juvenile detention center for nine years, court spokesman Vladimir Ganenko said. The victim, 25-year-old Alexei Denisov, came upon the teenagers while walking home on the night of Jan. 1 in the industrial town of Kolchugino, about 130km northeast of Moscow.

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