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■HONG KONG

Driving instructor arrested

A driving instructor has been arrested for allegedly swapping seats with a woman pupil who knocked down a schoolboy on a pedestrian crossing, police said yesterday. The 69-year-old instructor allegedly told police he was the driver after the accident which left the schoolboy seriously injured, a police spokesman said. The accident took place on Sunday in Hong Kong’s Kwai Chung district in an area where learner drivers are not allowed to drive, according to police. The instructor and his 32-year-old woman pupil were both arrested for allegedly perverting the course of justice and were later released on bail. The woman is also accused of careless driving.

■THAILAND

Man arrested for murder

Police said yesterday they had arrested a man for the murder of a female German tourist at the weekend during a ‘full moon party’ on the southern island of Koh Phangnan. Police said the suspect, whose name was withheld, had confessed to killing 46-year-old Munich resident Astrid al-Assaad-Schachner on Saturday night because she had been stalking him. Al-Assaad-Schachner was a regular visitor to Thailand last year, sometimes staying for several weeks to join in the monthly parties to celebrate the arrival of the full moon.

■HONG KONG

Dog poisoner targets cats

A mystery dog poisoner who has killed scores of pet dogs over the past 20 years has begun targeting cats, animal welfare experts warned yesterday. The body of a ginger and white cat was found last week off Bowen Road in the territory’s Mid Levels district, the regular haunt of the poisoner who lays tainted meat and has evaded capture for two decades. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the dead pet was found by police close to where a jogger had reported seeing suspicious pieces of meat the same day.

■MALAYSIA

One missing after rockfall

One person was missing and two people were injured in central Malaysia after a rockfall at a Buddhist temple cave popular with tourists, media reports said yesterday. The Star and the New Straits Times said rescuers freed 17 people, including a Nepali and a China national, who were trapped for three hours at the Perak Cave Temple in Ipoh after the rock fall on Sunday. The reports said the group were on a staircase to the peak of the limestone hill when boulders came crashing down, destroying the path. Two people injured have been hospitalized but a temple security guard remained missing, the reports said. Perak Chief Minister Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin was quoted as saying that rescue operations had been halted temporarily due to instability of the limestone.

■NEPAL

Female journalist killed

A female journalist who reported on women’s rights and spoke out against the dowry system in the south was killed by a group of attackers, an official said yesterday. Uma Singh was attacked at her apartment on Sunday night in Janakpur, about 240km southeast of the capital Katmandu. She died from wounds after being hacked with sharp objects, government administrator Shambhu Koirala said. Police were investigating but no arrests had been made, Koirala said. The Federation of Nepalese Journalists, the umbrella body of media rights groups, condemned the attack and said a team was being sent to probe the killing.

■FRANCE

Actor stabs ex’s boyfriend

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