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Grassland fire kills 22

At least 22 people have died after a grassland fire they were fighting in southwestern China turned and trapped them. The official Xinhua news agency said the 22 were among more than 2,000 people fighting the fire on Sunday in Sichuan Province. Three others were badly injured, it said. The provincial government Web site says 15 soldiers and two government workers died. The other five were civilians. The Web site also said the fire was under control as of late Sunday as winds subsided. It did not say what caused the blaze.


Husbands blamed for AIDS

Philandering husbands who visit prostitutes across the border in Thailand are being blamed for high HIV-AIDS infection rates among women in the nation’s most conservative state. The Malaysian AIDS Council reportedly said that women in Kelantan State, which is ruled by the Islamic party PAS, top the infection lists in Malaysia. “Many of the women were afflicted with the disease as their husbands had engaged the services of prostitutes,” council president Mohamed Zaman Khan told national news agency Bernama. “For example, Kelantanese men often go to Sungai Golok and after engaging with prostitutes, they return to their wives and pass on the disease,” he said.


Suicide bombers kill 40

Two suspected suicide bombers killed at least 40 people in an attack at the office compound of a senior government official in an area along the border with Afghanistan yesterday, officials said. Amjad Ali Khan, the top government official in the Mohmand region, who appeared to be the target of the attack, said by telephone that it appeared to be a suicide attack. “There were two bombers. They were on foot. The first blew himself up inside the office of one of my deputies, while the second one set off explosives when guards caught him,” Khan said.


Pirates seize freight ship

Suspected Somali pirates hijacked a ship carrying nickel ore in the Arabian Sea and appear headed to the lawless East African nation, officials said yesterday. The Bangladesh-flagged MV Jahan Moni appears to have been hijacked on Sunday off the Indian coast as it was heading from Singapore to Europe, chief of the Bangladesh Shipping Department Rear Admiral Bazlur Rahman said. The 25 Bangladeshis on the cargo ship include the wife of one crewman, said Captain Habibur Rahman, principal officer of the government’s Mercantile Marine department.


Official decries ‘facade’

Home Secretary G.K. Pillai says Pakistan’s efforts to prosecute those behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks are a “facade” with Islamabad concerned that senior government officials might be implicated. In an interview published in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, he said India had provided Pakistan with extensive information on the identities of key conspirators behind the attacks that killed 166 people. Some of the most compelling evidence was garnered from interrogating David Headley, a Pakistani-US citizen who pleaded guilty to surveying the hotels and other targets ahead of the assault blamed on Pakistan-based militants. “I don’t think they’re going to do anything about it,” Pillai told the Journal He said that Pakistan was wary of cracking down on top militants, for fear they will “sing” and implicate Pakistani government officials in the attacks.

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