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■ CAMBODIA

Restaurant changes name

A restaurant in Phnom Penh has changed its name in the wake of a bitter border dispute with Thailand, local media reported yesterday. The Olympic Khmer-Thai, a joint venture between local and Thai businessmen, has added an “l” to its title — becoming Olympic Khmer-Thlai. Thlai” translates as “expensive” or “noble.” The restaurant, based near Phnom Penh’s Olympic market, changed its name before deadly border clashes on Wednesday between Thai and Cambodian troops. But the decades-long dispute, over ownership of an area close to the ancient Preah Vihear Temple, has been escalating over the past few months amid mounting nationalist tensions.

■ AFGHANISTAN

Car bomb explodes in Herat

A suicide car bomb exploded outside a base of the NATO-led military force in the western city of Herat yesterday, wounding several troops, the alliance said. The car bomb exploded at the gates of a base that is run by Italian troops in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) with some Spanish soldiers also stationed there. There were several wounded, an ISAF media official at the force’s headquarters in Kabul said, without being able to give more details. ISAF does not release the nationalities of its casualties. A reporter at the scene said the bomb appeared to have struck a military vehicle which had overturned. The area was sealed off and Afghan officials could not immediately say if any civilians had been struck by the explosion.

■ HONG KONG

Australian pilot fined

An Australian pilot with Cathay Pacific was facing disciplinary action yesterday after being convicted of stealing at McDonald’s on a drunken night out. Nicholas Reymond, 31, was fined at a court hearing on Friday for taking a card-reading machine out of a local branch of McDonald’s in February. The theft was captured on closed-circuit television cameras. Reymond, who is training to be a first officer with the airline, was with two friends at the time and told the court he took the machine after drinking heavily. He pleaded guilty to theft and was fined HK$3,000 (US$386) and ordered to pay McDonald’s HK$3,000 in compensation for the machine.

■ MALAYSIA

Police arrest rights activist

Authorities have used a draconian security law to arrest a human rights activist who accused police of abusing their power, an opposition party said yesterday. Cheng Lee-whee, a volunteer for the rights group Suaram, was detained late on Friday when she went to a police headquarters in southern Johor state to explain a complaint she had recently filed, the People’s Justice Party said on its Malay-language Web site. Police informed Cheng’s companions that she was being held under the Internal Security Act, which is invoked against people regarded as threats to national security, the report said.

■ UNITED KINGDOM

Soldier gets life in jail

A soldier was jailed for life on Friday for the racist murder of a Bangladeshi waiter in Scotland, in a case that triggered high emotions and that has dragged on for 14 years. Michael Ross, who went on to serve in Iraq with the elite Scottish Black Watch regiment, was 15 when he killed Shamsuddin Mahmood in a restaurant on the Scottish island of Orkney in 1994. During a six-week trial the court heard how a masked Ross burst into the Mumutaz restaurant on the evening of June 2, 1994, and shot dead the 26-year-old waiter at point blank range in front of shocked diners.

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