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■HONG KONG

Chef jailed for diner attack

A chef on Thursday began a 20-month jail sentence for attacking a woman diner with a meat cleaver after she complained about his food. Cheng Chi-wai, 50, hit the 47-year-old woman on the head with the cleaver after she grumbled about the meal she was served in the seafood restaurant in the Wan Chai district. He ran into the kitchen and emerged with two meat cleavers after she remarked on the poor quality of his cooking and hit the woman on the forehead with the blunt side of one of the cleavers. Chan Kwai-chun suffered a fractured skull and a 6cm wound that required 11 stitches in the incident that took place in September, the District Court said.

■THAILAND

Two soldiers beheaded

Suspected separatist insurgents beheaded two soldiers on Friday in the latest violence in the kingdom’s troubled Muslim-majority south, police said. A group of 10 soldiers came under attack as they headed back to base in restive Yala Province after escorting teachers to a local school, they said. The victims became separated from the rest of the party and when police reached the scene they found the soldiers had been decapitated, they said.

■JAPAN

Plane passengers injured

Around 45 people on a US-bound jet were injured yesterday, 10 of them seriously, apparently because of air turbulence on the Manila-Tokyo leg of the flight, airport officials said. Ambulances took the injured to hospitals after the Northwest Airlines Boeing 747-400 jet landed at Narita International Airport near Tokyo at 12:19pm, an airport official said. Among the most seriously injured were three Philippine nationals, two men and one women, Jiji national news agency reported, quoting local police. Northwest Airlines spokesman Masashi Takahashi said: “Air turbulence is believed to be the cause. The turbulence occurred 25 to 30 minutes before landing, when the seat belt light was on.”

■JAPAN

Child abuse at record high

Reported child abuse cases rose to a record high last year and left 45 children dead, while the online spread of child pornography also surged, police said on Thursday. The number of child deaths from abuse jumped 21.6 percent from 2007, the worst figures on record, the National Police Agency said, adding that 307 child abuse crimes had been solved, up 2.3 percent. About half of child pornography crimes were committed through the Internet, police said in a statement. Police said the number of solved cases involving child pornography rose 19.2 percent, while the reported number of victims surged 27.6 percent to 351, the worst since 2000 when the survey started.

■CHINA

Web users to probe death

Beijing has invited skeptical Internet surfers to help investigate the death of a man in custody who police say ran into a wall blindfolded while playing hide-and-seek, state media said yesterday. Li Qiaoming, 24, died from a severe brain injury four days after being sent to hospital from a detention center in the southwestern province of Yunnan, the Beijing News said. He had been arrested for illegally cutting down trees. The cause of death given by police has been widely questioned on the Internet. “We’ve invited Internet users to investigate the case on the spot and hope they can make their own judgment and spread the information they see with their own eyes to as many people as possible,” said Gong Fei, Yunnan’s propaganda chief.

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