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NEW ZEALAND

Drinker locked up in pub

A sleepy South Island resident who staged an unplanned one-man lock-in at his local pub had to call police to release him, it was reported yesterday. Staff at the Coach and Horses Inn in the town of Lawrence somehow missed the 42-year-old as they were closing up early on Sunday morning and left him snoozing at the bar, the Otago Daily Times reported. It said the man woke up at 5.30am and called police to let him out, fearful he would trigger alarms if he tried to exit by himself. After scouring the town for someone with a key to the hotel, police turned up 90 minutes later and found the man asleep on a couch in the public bar with a bottle of beer next to him. Police said the first thing the man did was to offer to pay for the beer, which he took after he realized he was in for a long night. He was not charged and was given a ride home by police.

SINGAPORE

Lucasfilm to build facility

Star Wars creator Lucasfilm will soon start construction of its first purpose-built overseas production facility in the city state, the US movie and animation giant said yesterday. The eight-story, 38,000m2 studio complex will be located in a technology hub known as Fusionopolis and contain a data center, a 100-seat theater and retail outlets.

VIETNAM

China releases fishermen

China has released nine Vietnamese fishermen it detained near disputed islands. “I am happy to report to you that China has freed our nine fishermen,” Defence Minister Phung Quang Thanh told reporters in Hanoi yesterday. The fishermen were detained in the disputed Paracel archipelago in the South China Sea, and their boat impounded on Sept. 11. Vietnam’s state news agency reported last week that the Foreign Ministry had asked for their unconditional, immediate release.

AFGHANISTAN

Chopper blast kills one

An explosion on board a US helicopter killed one person and wounded seven NATO troops shortly after landing on a small military base in eastern an eastern province yesterday, a military spokesman said. The US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the cause of the explosion was unclear, but that 26 people had been onboard the aircraft. Another ISAF spokesman identified the aircraft as a US Chinook and said that the landing site had been secured by Afghan and NATO soldiers.

PHILIPPINES

Wife-killer bill mulled

Men who kill their wives after they catch them cheating on them will no longer enjoy legal protection from serious punishment under new a bill before Congress, a lawmaker said in manila on Monday. If passed, the bill will repeal a provision in the penal code that says a husband may be handed only minor penalties if he kills his wife and her lover after catching them in the act of sex, Congressman Neri Colmenares said.

NEPAL

Plane crashes near Everest

A small plane trying to land near Mount Everest crashed yesterday, but there were no casualties, an airline official said. The German-built Dornier turboprop airplane belonging to Sita Air was attempting to land at Lukla airport when it crashed, airline official Binod Singh Basnyat said. Basnyat said there was damage to the aircraft, but that all 11 passengers and three crew members were unhurt.

FRANCE

Rwandan rebel arrested

Police on Monday arrested Rwandan rebel leader Callixte Mbarushimana, wanted for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was arrested in Paris on a warrant issued last month by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, a Foreign Ministry statement said. Mbarushimana, 47, faces five charges of crimes against humanity and six war crimes charges for murders, rapes, torture and destruction of property in eastern DR Congo in 2009, the ICC said in a statement. He received refugee status in France in 2003.

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