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■PHILIPPINES

Attacks in south kill four

At least four people were killed as gunmen detonated bombs and attacked civilians on a southern island yesterday, the military said. Three marines and a policeman were killed when the gunmen ambushed them as they rushed to Basilan island’s capital Isabela City after the first of two bombs exploded, regional army spokesman Lieutenant Steffani Cacho said. Cacho said the first bomb tore through a van parked near a sports grandstand and a government office. A second bomb damaged a Catholic church.

■AFGHANISTAN

Insurgent attacks spread

Four policemen were killed when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in the northwest, the Interior Ministry said yesterday. Two others were injured and their vehicle destroyed in the attack Monday in Faryab Province. Elsewhere, three women were killed and four injured after mortars fired by suspected insurgents fell on their homes in Kapisa Province just north of the capital, Kabul. The insurgents apparently had been targeting the local district government headquarters, the ministry said.

■CHINA

Crime boss sentenced

A crime boss was sentenced to life in jail in Chongqing, a city whose party secretary is using a crackdown on organized crime to boost his political fortunes. ­Chongqing’s chief, Bo Xilai (薄熙來) launched the crackdown last year, gaining a burst of popularity nationwide in what some analysts saw as a bid to join China’s top political body during the 2012 leadership transition. The life sentence for Wang Xiaojun (王小軍), accused of running brothels and online gambling, comes shortly before the expected sentencing of Chongqing’s former justice chief and deputy police director, Wen Qiang (文強). The court found that Wang had bribed four police officers, including Wen, who served under Bo’s predecessor and political rival, Wang Yang (汪洋), the party secretary of Guangdong Province. Although Bo’s crackdown has garnered support from a public tired of police corruption, it has also raised alarm from Beijing’s legal community who complain the crackdown was turning into a series of political show trials.

■INDONESIA

Plane skids off runway

A passenger plane skidded off the end of an airport runway while landing in heavy rain yesterday in the remote Papua Province, injuring about 20 people, officials said. The Boeing 737, operated by Merpati Nusantara Airlines, was landing at Manokwari airport when it slid into a small canal at the end of the runway, a police official said. He said the plane flew in from Sorong.

■UNITED KINGDOM

School to teach pole dance

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A renowned debating society at Cambridge University said on Monday it would offer pole dancing tuition to members, in a building more used to the presence of international statesmen. The Cambridge Union Society said female students would be offered lessons in the sensuous dance more often associated with strip clubs than the historic chambers of a top university. Lessons would be given in the Blue Room at the union’s building, which is more commonly used for debates, the society said.

■UNITED STATES

Carbs pose threat to women

Women who consume large amounts of certain high-carbohydrate foods increase their risk of heart disease, a study said on Monday. The study showed increased incidences of coronary disease in women — but not men — whose diet is rich in foods with a “high glycemic index,” such as white bread, sweets and some sugary breakfast cereals. The study noted that all high-­carbohydrate diets increase the levels of blood glucose and harmful blood fats known as triglycerides while reducing levels of protective HDL or “good” cholesterol, thereby increasing heart disease risk. However, the researchers found not all carbohydrates have the same effect on blood glucose levels. They concluded that blood glucose and triglycerides were impacted more by foods with a high glycemic index, compared with other carbohydrates with a lower index, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

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