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Girl killed in leaflet drop

A young girl died after a box of public information leaflets dropped by a Royal Air Force (RAF) plane landed on her, a newspaper said yesterday. Britain’s Ministry of Defence said it was investigating the accident, which it described as “highly regrettable,” the Times said. The drop occurred over a rural area of southern Helmand Province on June 23 as part of an information campaign, the newspaper said. “Sadly one of the boxes failed to fully open and on landing caused serious injuries to an Afghan child,” an RAF spokesman said. Officials said it was not known what type of leaflet was being dropped.


Abducted tourist found dead

A female Japanese tourist has been found dead on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali after a suspected kidnapping, police said on Tuesday. Rika Sano, 33, was found partially decomposed with her belongings scattered around her near the popular tourist beach of Kuta in southern Bali on Monday, provincial police spokesman I Gede Sugianyar said. “The body was lying face down, half-naked in a bush, with only her black shirt on. We also found her mobile phone, underwear and a bag,” he said. Sugianyar denied local media reports alleging that a policeman was involved in Sano’s death. Local media reported she had been abducted on Friday.


Athlete crawls up tower

Paralympics gold medal winner Kurt Fearnley yesterday left his wheelchair and took the 1,504 steps two at a time to conquer Sydney’s tallest building in a better time than most people with working legs can do it. The 28-year-old wheelchair marathon champion crawled up the fire escape at the 260m Sydney Tower in 20 minutes, compared with the all-­comers record of 6 minutes, 52 seconds. Fearnley was born with lumbar sacral agenesis, which left him without the bottom part of his spine.


US troops leave village

US troops yesterday pulled out from a village where two US soldiers were killed in a landmine attack by suspected Islamic militants. The Seabees, members of the Construction Battalions of the US Navy, left behind unfinished development projects in Kagay village in Indanan town on Jolo island. Major-General Ben Dolorfino, a regional Philippine military commander, declined to say how many Seabees pulled out but said that Filipino troops have been dispatched to guard the construction sites. “The Seabees totally pulled out, but they are determined to continue with the projects,” he said. “They will probably have to subcontract the remaining work.” The landmine attack on Tuesday killed two US servicemen and a Filipino marine.


Cashier scolds robber

A would-be robber armed with a wooden stick was arrested after being confronted by an angry shopkeeper, apologizing and calling the police to confess his crime, an official said yesterday. Takashi Owada, a 54-year-old unemployed man, demanded money from the 59-year-old female cashier at a convenience store in the northern city of Fukushima on Tuesday, a police spokesman said. When the cashier told him, “Don’t be silly,” Owada changed his mind and said: “I’m sorry.” He called the police at the store exit with his own cellphone and was arrested within minutes for attempted robbery.


POW camp on sale

A former World War II prisoner-of-war camp has been advertised for sale on eBay as a “unique leisure attraction” at £900,000 (US$1.4 million). The Harperley Prisoner of War Camp, near Crook in County Durham, housed German and Italian prisoners. The complex of rows of gray huts was turned into a tourist attraction in 2004, but its present owners, James and Lisa McLeod, said their plans for further restoration had run out of cash. “A unique opportunity to buy a piece of history,” the classified ad placed on Tuesday on the e-Bay site said. The site boasts a garden center, restaurant, farm shop and a museum.

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