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AGENCIES

■CHINA

Zardari in Hubei for talks

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari visited Hubei Province on Saturday for talks on cooperation in agriculture, hydropower and trade. Zardari was scheduled to meet State Councillor Dai Bingguo (戴秉國) in Wuhan and tour the giant Three Gorges Dam and power project on the Yangtze River. He was scheduled to travel today to Shanghai, where he planned to focus on finance, banking and urban development, Chinese and Pakistani officials said. Zardari was expected to seek assistance to meet the energy crisis faced by his country.

■PHILIPPINES

Fugitive couldn’t resist lotto

A fugitive wanted for allegedly raping his housemaid more than a year ago was arrested in an eastern city while placing a bet in the country’s biggest lottery jackpot ever, a police report said yesterday. The report said Ariel Ayque, 52, was arrested while placing his bet in a lottery outlet in Naga City. Ayque was accused of raping his housemaid in November 2007 and a local judge issued a warrant for his arrest in March last year, it said.

■NORTH KOREA

Pyongyang may test missile

Pyongyang could be ready to test fire an intermediate range ballistic missile by the end of the month, defense analysis group Jane’s said on Friday. Experts at Jane’s Defence Weekly said satellite imagery taken on Wednesday indicated that Pyongyang was preparing to either launch a prototype Taepodong 2 missile or a Paektusan 2 space launch vehicle. “There has been a significant increase in launch preparation activity at the Musudan-ni Launch Facility,” said Joseph Bermudez, an analyst at the magazine. The magazine also said support facilities for the engine test stand at the site were being expanded.

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