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NEW ZEALAND

X-files released

The military released hundreds of previously classified reports yesterday detailing claims of UFO sightings and alien encounters. The reports, dating from 1954 to last year, were released under freedom of information laws after the Defence Force removed names and other identifying material. In about 2,000 pages of documents, members of the public, military personnel and commercial pilots outline close encounters, mostly involving moving lights in the sky. Some of the accounts include drawings of flying saucers, descriptions of aliens wearing “pharaoh masks” and alleged examples of extraterrestrial writing.

SOUTH KOREA

Gamer allegedly kills child

A mother has been arrested for allegedly killing her three-year-old son while she was tired from Internet game-playing, police said yesterday. The death is the latest of several cases related to computer game addiction in one of the world’s most wired societies. Kim, 27, played online games for about 10 hours a day, police said, adding her neighbors described her house as “like a trash site” where her two children were left crying for hours. Police in the city of Cheonan said Kim, who also has a one-year-old son, beat the three-year-old and strangled him after he disturbed her by urinating on the floor and crying.

NEW ZEALAND

US critical of ‘flap’

US diplomats disparaged Wellington’s reaction to a suspected Israeli spy ring as a “flap” and accused the government of grandstanding in order to sell more lamb to Arab countries, according to cables released on WikiLeaks. The arrest and conviction in 2004 of two Israeli citizens, who were caught using the identity of a cerebral palsy sufferer to apply for passport, caused a serious rift with Israel, with allegations that the two men and others involved were Mossad agents. “The New Zealand government views the act carried out by the Israeli intelligence agents as not only utterly unacceptable but also a breach of New Zealand sovereignty and international law,” then-prime minister Helen Clark said after the arrests. However, a confidential US cable written in July 2004, after high-level diplomatic sanctions were imposed against Israel, commented: “The GoNZ [government of New Zealand] has little to lose by such stringent action, with limited contact and trade with Israel, and possibly something to gain in the Arab world, as the GoNZ is establishing an embassy in Egypt and actively pursuing trade with Arab states.”

RUSSIA

Seductive spy to lead youth

A pro-Kremlin youth group was yesterday expected to elect seductive spy Anna Chapman to a top role in the organization. Chapman, booted out of the US along with nine other spies in July, will likely become head of the social council of the Molodaya Gvardiya (Young Guard), a source in the group told RIA Novosti. The Molodaya Gvardiya, which is now part of the structure of the ruling party, United Russia, was to choose its new leaders at its fourth congress yesterday. “What function she is going to perform will be determined just before the congress. But most likely she will head the social council,” the source said. The position would provide yet another role for the increasingly busy Chapman, who posed virtually nude for a local men’s magazine, met Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and attended a space launch since returning home.

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