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■AUSTRALIA

Naked woman falls to death

A naked Chinese woman fell to her death from a third-floor balcony while trying to escape a knife-wielding intruder who had forced himself inside her apartment, police said yesterday. The body of the 18-year-old woman was found on the ground outside her Sydney residence on Sunday. Her 19-year-old Korean boyfriend, who was also naked when he tumbled from the balcony, was in a hospital with fractured vertebrae, a broken pelvis and two broken legs. “It’s believed the deceased and the injured male were trying to get to the next level — from level three to level two — to try and get away from the offender,” New South Wales police superintendent Luke Freudenstein said. He said it appeared that the intruder followed a woman who was visiting the couple into the security entrance when she was buzzed in and then held a knife to her throat and demanded she let him into the apartment. He was allegedly inside the home for an hour before the couple tried to escape and remains on the run.

■HONG KONG

No men manning tills

A men’s group called on supermarket chains yesterday to employ male cashiers after failing to find a single man working a checkout lane in the city of 6.9 million. The Hong Kong Men’s Concern Group counted 239 female cashiers and not one male cashier in a survey of 30 supermarkets conducted with the help of a legislator. The group said that men should be given a chance to work at supermarket tills and claimed that the lack of male checkout staff proved sex discrimination by the stores.

■JAPAN

Cold-footed man sets fire

A man set fire to the hotel where he was to get married at the weekend rather than go through with the ceremony later the same day, reports said yesterday. Tatsuhiko Kawata, 39, had gone along with wedding plans despite already having a wife, the Yomiuri Shimbun said. “I thought if I set a fire I wouldn’t have to go through with the wedding,” he told police. Guests were evacuated and no one was injured when he set the fire in the early hours of Sunday morning at the hotel in Yamanashi Prefecture. Kawata was arrested after suddenly canceling the event and behaving suspiciously.

■NORTH KOREA

Surgeon visits Kim: report

The eldest son of leader Kim Jong-il visited a Paris brain surgeon who apparently flew to Pyongyang to treat his father, Japanese TV reported yesterday. Japan’s Fuji Television showed footage from Paris of a man it identified as Kim Jong-nam, the leader’s eldest son. “He is believed to have met with a French brain surgeon, who later departed from Paris for Pyongyang under North Korean escort,” the network said. Kim spent two hours in the hospital last week where he is believed to have visited its neurosurgery department, it added.

■VIETNAM

Airport fire closes terminal

A fire at the country’s biggest airport closed its domestic terminal yesterday, the airport authority said. The blaze at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City broke out early yesterday morning. A statement released by the Southern Airport Authority said firefighters battled for two hours to bring the fire under control. No one was injured in the fire, but operations at the airport were disrupted. “The domestic terminal has been temporarily closed as from 5am local time Monday,” said the statement. “Services will continue as normal ... with domestic flights operating out of the international terminal.”

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