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■VIETNAM

Hanoi fines San Miguel

Authorities have fined a Philippines food processing company US$6,000 after a dyke break at a factory reservoir discharged untreated wastewater into a river, an official said yesterday. San Miguel Pure Foods Vietnam was fined for violating four environmental laws, said Pham Danh, director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment in the province of Binh Duong, where the dyke broke on July 25 and discharged more than 230,000m³ of untreated wastewater into the Thi Tinh River. It was also ordered to pay US$67,000 in overdue environmental protection fees.

■UNITED STATES

Senator to visit Myanmar

Senator Jim Webb will visit Myanmar this month, the first member of Congress to travel to the Southeast Asian country in more than a decade, his office said on Thursday. Webb, the chairman of a Senate subcommittee on East Asia and Pacific affairs, leaves tomorrow for a five-nation, two-week trip “to explore opportunities to advance US interests in Burma [Myanmar] and the region,” a statement from his office said. A Vietnam War veteran and former US Navy secretary who speaks Vietnamese, Webb will also meet government representatives and industry leaders in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, his office said. US lawmakers are pushing for the release of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar, but Webb was not expected to see her, an aide said.

■JAPAN

Warrant out for Sakai

Police issued an arrest warrant yesterday for pop star Noriko Sakai, who disappeared after her surfer husband was arrested for possessing illegal stimulants earlier this week, public broadcaster NHK reported. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department plans to arrest Sakai on the same charge when they locate the 38-year-old singer known for her girl-next-door image, NHK said, quoting police sources. Media reports said her Tokyo home was raided after the arrest of her husband Yuichi Takaso, 41, and that police found a small amount of illegal drugs there. Sakai, who is also popular in Taiwan and China, has vanished from public view and not answered phone calls or e-mails since Monday when police asked her to come in to answer questions.

■SWITZERLAND

Dalai Lama urges change

China’s policies on ethnic minority populations have failed to foster trust and need to be reviewed, exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said on Thursday. “After 60 years, their policies basically failed to ... bring trust,” the Dalai Lama told journalists in Geneva, adding that the time had come to carry out a “scientific review of the policies.” He also called on the Chinese government to adopt a more holistic approach in its bid to win trust. “Only money will not bring [about the] good image of China and trust. Trust is based on transparency and honesty,” he said.

■HONG KONG

Sun memorabilia missing

More than a dozen relics related to revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙) have gone missing, officials said yesterday. The missing 21 articles of memorabilia were part of a donation back in 2001 consisting of about 3,000 items linked to Sun, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department said in a statement. A department spokeswoman could not immediately say what the missing relics included. The department did not identify the owner of the relics, but the South China Morning Post reported yesterday they were offered by Sun’s family in the US in 2001 so the government could set up a museum in his honor.

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