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Protesters trap UN workers

Protesters at the UN building in the capital forced UN workers to stay in their office yesterday to demand the world body end its investigation of rights abuses alleged during the country’s civil war. Hundreds of national flag-waving men marched to the UN compound in Colombo, led by Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa and Buddhist monks. They initially tried to break into the building by breaching the barriers and security walls but settled for a sit-in opposite the gate. “We warn the UN to withdraw the [investigating] panel if they want to get the employees out,” Weerawansa told the protesters. The number of employees within the UN offices was not known.


World Cup kills two

A World Cup gambling debt and a disgruntled wife upset that her husband came home late from watching soccer have been blamed for two murders, reports said yesterday. The Tuoi Tre newspaper reported that two youths, aged 19 and 20, have been arrested for the alleged murder of a neighbor in a robbery bid to cover a World Cup gambling debt. They allegedly killed Nguyen Thi To Nga, a high school literature teacher, as they tried to rob her in order to cover the debt. Separately, the Doi Song and Phap Luat newspapers reported that police in Quang Ngai Province arrested a man on Monday for allegedly choking his wife to death. The 35-year-old man told police he killed his wife because she complained he came home late following a World Cup match on Friday, the reports said.


Troops kill 23 militants

Pakistani forces killed 23 militants early yesterday in fighting that erupted after insurgents fired on troops during a search operation in the country’s northwest, police and intelligence officials said. The search was launched after a suicide bomb attack on a paramilitary fort in Lower Dir district, where troops killed hundreds of militants in an offensive last year. “The fighting began when miscreants opened fire on troops searching the area after reports of militant movement there,” Dir’s top police chief, Mumtaz Zireen, said.


Security forces kill protester

A young man was killed yesterday when security forces opened fire at stone-throwing protesters in Indian Kashmir, police said, the latest in a series of deaths that have stoked public anger. Police and paramilitary forces struggling to control protests in the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley have now killed 12 civilians in less than a month. The incident took place in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, which has been at the center of furious demonstrations since June 11 when a 17-year-old student died from a police teargas shell. Yesterday’s death occurred when security forces opened fire to disperse a demonstration triggered by the disappearance of another protester, a witness said.


Church-burning trial begins

Three Malaysian Muslims went on trial yesterday for allegedly torching a church during the height of a dispute over whether non-Muslims can use the word “Allah” to refer to God. The firebombing of the church marked the start of an unprecedented string of assaults on places of worship in January following a court verdict that allowed Christians to use “Allah” in their Malay-language publications. Two brothers and their friend were charged earlier this year for starting a fire on Jan. 8 that partially gutted a Protestant church.

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