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■SOUTH KOREA

Man charged with murders

A masseur who confessed to strangling eight women has been indicted on additional charges of killing his wife and mother-in-law, prosecutors said on Sunday. Prosecutors said Kang Ho-sun, 38, set fire to his mother-in-law’s home, killing both women, to claim insurance money in 2005. Kang, who was arrested last month, has admitted killing eight women after abducting them between September 2006 and last December, prosecutors said. In an indictment released on Sunday, prosecutors added two counts of murder and arson. Kang has denied the new allegations.

■PHILIPPINES

Radio broadcaster killed

A radio broadcaster was shot dead yesterday shortly before he was due to begin his daily talk show, police said. Ernie Rullen, 58, was waiting for a minibus to take him to work in Ozamiz City on the island of Mindanao when two unidentified gunmen on a motor bike shot him at point-blank range. Joy Reyes of Radio DXSY in Ozamiz City told local media that police were investigating. “Rullen had parked his motorcycle and was walking to the bus stop when he was gunned down,” Reyes said. Reyes said the motive for the shooting was not known but could be related to Rullen’s morning talk show, which discussed corruption and crime.

■THAILAND

Head found below bridge

Police were searching yesterday for the body of a foreigner whose head was found hanging by a rope from a Bangkok bridge over the weekend. The head of a Western man aged between 30 and 40 was found on Sunday afternoon. “We still don’t know the name of the victim, nor where his body is,” Police Lieutenant Colonel Atcharat Haemthanon said. “We’re hoping to get some clues from the bridge’s surveillance camera.” Written on the bridge’s railing was the sentence: “Cath. I want but I cannot ... I came to Bangkok to be with you.”

■SINGAPORE

Teacher had sex with minor

A female teacher who had sex with a 15-year-old student was jailed for 10 months yesterday, a court spokesman said. The woman’s identity had been withheld to protect the victim, said the spokesman, who confirmed that District Judge Sarjit Singh handed down the sentence, but gave no further details. Now unemployed, the 32-year-old woman earlier pleaded guilty to having sex with a minor under the age of 16, The Straits Times said on its Web site. The friendship between the teacher and boy began when he was a 14-year-old student, the report said. They later had sex when he was 15, after the boy said he loved the woman, who had declared him her godson. They had sex five more times, but when she tried to end the affair the boy threatened to kill her, leading her to contact police.

■HONG KONG

Driver in crash was drunk

A truck driver involved in a crash that killed six men was nearly seven times over the legal alcohol limit, a court was told yesterday. Law Siu-kuen, 41, was driving a container truck that collided with a taxi carrying five construction workers last month. He was allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road when his truck slammed into the taxi, dragging it 50m and killing the driver and passengers. A breath test at the scene found him to be three times over the alcohol limit, but a later blood test discovered he was almost seven times over the limit.

■RUSSIA

Thieves get huge haul

Police in Tula Province are searching for suspects accused of stealing more than US$1 million in cash in a highway robbery. Two bank employees told authorities that assailants with automatic rifles blocked their car on Saturday on a highway and stole about 43 million rubles (US$1.2 million) in cash at gunpoint. The pair said two of the seven attackers had posed as traffic police, provincial police spokesman Sergei Yelinsky told local television. Police said the money from First Processing Bank was allegedly being taken to Moscow from Rostov-on-Don. Still, the report raised many questions. The two employees — a cashier and a driver — were traveling in a Toyota with no armed escort despite the large amount of cash, Vesti-24 reported. It said investigators were considering whether the employees themselves could have been behind the robbery.

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