■ SOUTH KOREA
Double suicide was murder
A man arrested last week on charges of murdering his wife and child has confessed to killing his parents, whose death was originally believed to be suicide, police said on Sunday. The elderly couple died of severe burns when their house caught fire two years ago, and police said on Sunday they had reopened the case after the victims’ 42-year-old son said he was behind the blaze. The man, identified only as Kim, was arrested last week for allegedly stabbing his wife and strangling his two-year-old daughter. The Yonhap news agency, quoting an unnamed officer, said Kim probably committed the crimes for money.
Soldiers capture key town
Soldiers captured a key town on the main highway to the headquarters of the country’s Tamil rebels, 18 years after the insurgents seized the area by overrunning an army camp, the military said yesterday. Troops seized Kokavil town, some 20km south of the insurgents’ de facto capital of Kilinochchi on Sunday, military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said. He did not give casualty details. The capture was the latest sign of the government’s dominance in the island’s decades-old civil war.
Miners killed in blast
A coal mine blast in the north killed 15 miners and three rescuers died in a cave-in yesterday morning. Fifteen miners were confirmed dead after the gas explosion on Sunday afternoon in the Changlong Coal Mine in Heilongjiang Province, Xinhua news agency said. Twenty-five people were in the mine but 10 escaped. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation. The report said three of the more than 100 rescuers at the site were killed in yesterday’s cave-in. Heilongjiang and company officials could not be reached immediately yesterday for comment.
District governor shot
A district governor was shot dead yesterday by two men on a motorcycle, a government official said, in a killing claimed by the Taliban movement. The governor of the volatile Andar District in the province of Ghazni, south of Kabul, was killed as he left his home, provincial government spokesman Ismail Jahangir said. “Abdul Rahim Desiwal was moving to Ghazni town ... when he was attacked by two motorcycle riders and he was he martyred and his guard was wounded,” he said. “This is the Taliban’s work.” A spokesman for the Taliban confirmed the militia had carried out the assassination. “Our men killed Abdul Rahim Desiwal when he left his house,” Zabihullah Mujahed said.
Court jails journalists
A court has imprisoned two journalists for seven years each for undermining the country’s ruling generals after being caught with a UN human rights report. The court on Friday sentenced Thet Zin, editor of the local Myanmar-language journal Myanmar Nation, and Sein Win Maung, the paper’s manager, after convicting them of undermining the government under the country’s draconian Printing and Publishing Law. The convictions were part of a renewed crackdown by the regime in the past month that has led to more than 100 people — including activists, writers, musicians and Buddhist monks — receiving jail sentences as long as 68 years. Many were transferred to prisons in remote regions.
Arrest warrant issued
Moscow has asked Interpol to detain a suspect over the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, the country’s general prosecutor told TV on Sunday. “We know who carried out this crime and he is now the subject of an international arrest warrant,” general prosecutor Yuri Chayka said in an interview with state TV. He said the authorities were working with the international police agency Interpol. “I was at Interpol recently and discussed the question during meeting with the secretary general of Interpol. Now we are working actively on this,” the official said. Politkovskaya was shot dead outside her Moscow home on Oct. 7, 2006, in an apparent contract killing.