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■NEW ZEALAND

Pilot killed in crash

An air force pilot in the elite display team was killed yesterday when his plane crashed as he practiced acrobatic maneuvers, officials said. The pilot, who has not been named, was a member of the Red Checkers display team and was on a solo run in an Air Force CT4 Airtrainer when he crashed near the Ohakea Air Force base in the south of North Island. Prime Minister John Key described the accident as a tragedy.

■PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Forty dead in bus crash

Around 40 people have died after two buses crashed head-on in one of the nation’s worst ever road accidents, reports said yesterday. The buses were traveling at speeds above 100kph and swerving to avoid potholes when they hit each other in a remote area of the northeast. Most of the victims were killed instantly while others died before they could receive treatment, with eight people in intensive care.

■SOUTH KOREA

FMD case confirmed

Officials confirmed an additional outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) yesterday, one week after the country reported its first case in nearly eight years. Cows at a farm in Pocheon, just north of Seoul, tested positive for the disease early yesterday, the Agriculture Ministry said in a statement. Quarantine workers plan to slaughter about 1,790 cows, pigs and deer within a 500m radius of the site of the outbreak, to prevent the spread of the disease, ministry official Kim Dae-gyun said. The site is about 3.5km away from another Pocheon farm where six cows were confirmed to have been infected with the disease last Thursday — South Korea’s first outbreak since May 2002, Kim said.

■THAILAND

Three killed in attacks

A series of drive-by shootings and bombings killed three people and wounded 17 in the restive Muslim south, police said yesterday. Unknown assailants shot dead and burned the bodies of a Buddhist couple who were riding to work on a motorcycle in the morning in Pattani Province, police said. A Buddhist family of three, including a 12-year-old girl, were wounded in another drive-by attack in the same province. On Wednesday, a group of government electricians were ambushed as they worked on electrical wiring along a road, also in Pattani. One was killed and four others wounded. A bomb was later detonated outside a tea shop in the same province, wounding four civilians, and in neighboring Yala a bomb exploded outside an open-air market, wounding three soldiers and three civilians.

■HONG KONG

Acid suspects detained

Police have arrested two suspects in connection with a recent acid attack in the densely populated financial hub. Police said in a statement late on Wednesday that the 18-year-old and 23-year-old men were allegedly linked to an acid attack in the Causeway Bay shopping district on Dec. 12, when corrosive liquid was tossed from a building, injuring six people. Police spokeswoman Michelle Mak said the two weren’t immediately charged and that the 18-year-old was freed on bail. She said it still wasn’t clear if the suspects were involved in other similar acid attacks. In the most recent attack on Saturday night, two bottles of acid were hurled from a building overlooking Temple Street in Kowloon peninsula, a popular tourist spot known for its outdoor market and snack stalls. At least 30 people were injured.

■UNITED STATES

US drops case against Gotti

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