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■ PAKISTAN

Wife shot helping husband

A woman died of a bullet wound she received while shielding her husband during a gun attack by his brother in Pakistan’s eastern Raiwind district, a media report said yesterday. Forty-year-old Sakeena jumped in front of her spouse, Shaukat, as his brother drew a rifle on him in a fit of rage over an inheritance dispute on Thursday, the English-language Dawn newspaper reported. Both victims were only identified by their first names. The woman was hit by a single bullet and taken to a hospital, where she died. Dawn said Shaukat and six of his brothers had shared their inheritance, but the brother who fired the gun was angered because he had been left out. The family did not press criminal charges against the killer, saying the rifle went off accidentally.

■AUSTRALIA

Politicians may be tested

Politicians in the most populous state could be breath-tested for alcohol before voting on laws after a series of late-night incidents that have embarrassed the center-left government. New South Wales state lawmaker Andrew Fraser resigned from his conservative opposition frontbench role after shoving a female colleague in the wake of Christmas party celebrations.

■MALAYSIA

Pirates pillage barge

Ten pirates wielding machetes and knives robbed a coal barge in waters off Kuantan on Malaysia’s east coast, a news report said yesterday. The ship, which was traveling from Singapore to Thailand, was intercepted and boarded late on Monday by the pirates, who traveled in two speedboats, district police chief Johari Jahaya said. The pirates stole cash and mobile phones from the crew — who were mostly Indonesians — before vanishing without injuring anyone, Johari told the official Bernama news agency. Crew members lodged a police report on the incident on Wednesday. Johari said the pirates were believed to be Indonesians, based on their accents.

■MALAYSIA

Man killed at karaoke

A man died after being stabbed in the chest in a row that erupted after he was accused of hogging the microphone at a karaoke venue, state media reported. Police in Sandakan on Borneo island said that 23-year-old Abdul Sani Doli was believed to have angered other patrons by singing one tune after another, and refusing to hand over the microphone. A row broke out with three men at the next table, escalating into a fist fight outside the karaoke joint, Sandakan police chief Rosli Mohd Isa was quoted as saying by the Bernama news agency. Abdul Sani was stabbed in the chest and died, and two men have been arrested in connection with the murder, it said.

■HONG KONG

Drug haul sparks probe

A joint probe by customs officers in Hong Kong, India and Singapore has been launched after illegal drugs worth a record HK$41.3 million (US$5.3 million) were found at the city’s airport, a media report said yesterday. Ketamine disguised as sugar and methamphetamine made to look like milk powder were found hidden in a shipment of loudspeakers that arrived at the airport’s cargo terminal from India via Singapore, the South China Morning Post said. No arrests have been made but customs officers in the three countries are investigating the source of the drugs. The 307kg of ketamine and 10kg of methamphetamine, also known as “ice,” amounted to the biggest ever seizure by Hong Kong customs officers.

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