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■PAKISTAN

Bomb destroys press club

A bomb destroyed a press club building yesterday in a restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan, but caused no casualties, an official said. The two-story building was reduced to rubble by the explosives, planted by unidentified people in Wana, the main town of South Waziristan tribal district, deputy administrator for the region Ghafoor Shah said. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.

■AUSTRALIA

Remains found in crocodile

A boy who vanished from an Australian river edge was attacked and eaten by a crocodile, police said. Remains of five-year-old Jeremy Doble were found in the stomach of a 4.3m male crocodile trapped in the flooded Daintree River near where the boy had vanished on Feb. 8, a police statement said on Tuesday. Jeremy had been playing with his seven-year-old brother Ryan behind their family property in a flooded mangrove swamp when he disappeared. The killer crocodile, whose stomach contents were examined by a non-­lethal surgical procedure, will be sent to a crocodile farm or zoo, the Queensland state government said yesterday. The victim’s parents, who run a crocodile-spotting tourism business, have declined media interviews.

■MALAYSIA

Nude photos cause trouble

A prominent opposition legislator resigned on Tuesday after photographs of her sleeping naked were circulated to the public by cellphone, an embarrassing disclosure that she slammed as a plot to discredit her party. The People’s Justice Party, however, told 37-year-old Elizabeth Wong to go on extended leave, and said it would decide later whether to accept her resignation from the Selangor state assembly. In an emotional news conference, Wong did not deny that the pictures in question were of her. “I have done nothing wrong. I wish to state that I am not ashamed of my sexuality as a woman and as a single person. I have broken no law,” she said, her eyes brimming with tears. News reports say the photos were believed to have been taken by her ex-boyfriend without her knowledge in her home last year.

■HONG KONG

Couple jailed over scam

A homosexual couple have been jailed over a wedding scam set up to allow a Malaysian man to live permanently in Hong Kong, the territory’s immigration department said. Malaysian Derek Chong, 29, and Hong Kong resident Andrew Lam, 51, organized for Chong to marry a Hong Kong woman so he could settle in the territory, the department said. Lam and Chong were on Tuesday both jailed for eight months on a joint conspiracy charge.

■JAPAN

‘Demon’ killer gets life

A Tokyo court yesterday handed a life sentence to a man who abducted and killed a young woman before chopping up her body and flushing her remains down the toilet, a court official said. Takanori Hoshijima — a 34-year-old computer programmer labeled a “demon with a human face” by the victim’s relatives — was found guilty of murder, a Tokyo District Court spokeswoman said. Hoshijima kidnapped his neighbor Rurika Tojo, 23, at knife-point from her Tokyo apartment last year and took her to his own apartment on the same floor, planning to turn her into his “sex slave,” the court heard. Fearing police would catch him, Hoshijima stabbed the woman, chopped up her body and flushed body parts down the toilet or put them in garbage bags which he threw away on his way to work.

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