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Filipinos to leave daughter

A Filipino couple yesterday agreed to follow a deportation order but will leave their 13-year-old daughter behind in a case that has attracted much public sympathy, their lawyer said. The couple face deportation because they entered the country on false passports nearly 17 years ago, but they had pleaded to be allowed to stay so their daughter could finish her schooling in the country. Authorities have pressed the parents to leave the country. They detained the 36-year-old father Arlan Cruz Calderon this week and warned that all three would be repatriated unless the parents left voluntarily. The daughter, Noriko, who was born in the country and only speaks Japanese, will now stay with the relatives of her mother, while the parents plan to leave on April 13, lawyer Shogo Watanabe said.


Hanoi protests over islands

Hanoi has protested new moves by China and the Philippines asserting sovereignty over the disputed Spratly and Paracel islands in the South China Sea, local press reported yesterday. China announced recently it would allow a tourist agency to offer trips to an island in the Spratly archipelago known in Vietnamese as Phu Lam. “This act seriously infringes upon Vietnam’s territorial sovereignty and is harmful to bilateral negotiations to seek a fundamental and durable solution to the sea issues between the two parties,” the Vietnam news agency quoted government spokesman Le Dung as saying on Thursday. Dung also objected to a law signed by Philippine President Gloria Arroyo on March 10 that claims the Spratlys as part of Philippine territory.


Man shoots ‘monkey’

Police say a man shot his neighbor as she picked sapodilla fruit in his tree, thinking she was a monkey. Police chief in eastern Pahang state Yahaya Othman said Zainab Mohamath Ali was gathering fruit on Thursday when her neighbor shot her. Yahaya said the man came home and saw rustling in the tree and fired into it. “Then there was screaming ... and only then did he know it was his neighbor,” he said, adding that Zainab was hospitalized with a wound to the abdomen but her condition was stable yesterday. He said police were investigating the man, a volunteer security corps member, for illegally discharging a firearm.


Russian finalist investigated

The Brisbane judging panel said on Thursday it was investigating press reports that one of the 50 candidates it shortlisted for the dream job of caretaker on a paradise island in the Great Barrier Reef worked as a porn star. Britain’s scandal-mongering Sun newspaper alleged that Russian police had interviewed Julia Yalovitsyna for her links with erotic film studios in her hometown of Petrazavodsk. An astonishing 34,634 applicants were left clinging to the hope of being the sole wildcard entry when the Top 50 was named last month.


Man fined over sultan insult

A man was fined almost US$3,000 yesterday for insulting a sultan in an online posting, government officials said, the latest in a series of actions against Internet writers. Five others were also charged for “improper use of facilities” by making comments deemed “obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive” on the Web site of the sultan of northern Perak state, representatives of the attorney general’s office said on condition of anonymity citing protocol.

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