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■SOUTH KOREA

Seoul hiding N Koreans

About 50 North Korean refugees are taking refuge in South Korean diplomatic missions in China, living like prisoners because of security concerns, a Seoul rights group said yesterday. Up to 30 of the total have stayed more than one year in the Beijing embassy or consulates elsewhere, the Citizen’s Coalition for Human Rights of Abductees and North Korean refugees said. “The embassy restricts their movement and communication with relatives outside because of tight security and surveillance by Chinese police,” coalition head Do Hee-yeun said. He said China had intentionally delayed negotiations with South Korea about their departure to Seoul to show that the embassy is not a safe refuge.

■CHINA

Snow leopard killers jailed

Two herdsmen have been jailed for killing a rare snow leopard after setting a trap for wild animals that preyed on their sheep, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday. The herdsmen were sentenced to eight and 10 years in prison for killing the snow leopard in Xinjiang by the Manas County People’s Court on Feb. 28. They were convicted of illegally catching and killing rare and endangered wild animals, local official Yang Jianwei said.

■INDONESIA

Terror suspects arrested

Police said two men had been arrested in Java on suspicion of supplying guns to a terrorist cell in the western province of Aceh. Police Chief General Bambang Hendarso Danuri said yesterday that one man was arrested in Jakarta and the other outside the capital in West Java province. He did not say when. Police have arrested 18 men in recent days in a crackdown on what they call a new terror group in Aceh believed to have links to Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian offshoot of al-Qaeda.

■MALAYSIA

Anwar loses final appeal

Former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim has lost his final court battle to declare as unlawful his sacking in 1998, his lawyer said yesterday. Anwar was sacked from his posts as deputy prime minister and finance minister by then-prime minister Mahathir Mohamad in September 1998. Anwar launched a legal suit the same year, arguing the move was unconstitutional. The case has been rejected twice by the lower courts in 1998 and 2007, and the Federal Court — the country’s highest court — upheld the decision yesterday, saying the dismissal was executed lawfully. “We are most disappointed but not surprised with the decision,” Anwar’s lawyer Sankara Nair said.

■HONG KONG

Third acid attack hits city

An acid-filled beer bottle was dropped onto a street in the same area of the densely populated territory for the third time in six months, police said yesterday, fueling media speculation about a serial attacker. In the latest attack on Sunday, a beer bottle containing an acidic substance broke after being dropped onto an awning at street level in Shamshuipo District, with the liquid splashing onto the face of male passer-by, police said in a statement. “There was a bang, and people looked up and saw lots of smoke. And someone called the police. The bang was loud. The pedestrians ran away immediately,” a female shopkeeper who works nearby was quoted as saying in the South China Morning Post yesterday. No one has been arrested, police said. The injured man rinsed his face with water and left before officers arrived on the scene.

■ISRAEL

Disputed homes allowed

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