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CHINA

Abducted children freed

Police said yesterday they had freed 89 children in a crackdown on trafficking that was launched this year after online reports of widespread abductions sparked public outrage. Police also arrested 369 people in the six-month operation to break up a pair of “large criminal enterprises” involved in child trafficking across 14 provinces, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement. The children were sold for an average of about 40,000 yuan (US$6,200), it said.

SOUTH KOREA

Wife survives stabbing, fall

A woman who was allegedly stabbed by her husband and pushed down a 100m cliff survived the attacks and reported him to police.The 44-year-old woman was stabbed four times in her chest and stomach in an argument last week with her 56-year-old husband, who suspected she was seeing another man. The man then put his wife in a car, drove to a remote area in Goseong County and pushed her off the cliff, a detective said yesterday. Media reports said the man had planned to take his wife to a hospital after the stabbing, but changed his mind when he saw she was motionless. She regained consciousness the following day, climbed up the cliff and was rescued by a passing motorist. The couple married early this year.

NEW ZEALAND

Goldfish survive quake

Two goldfish have survived 134 days since the Feb. 22 Christchurch earthquake without any pet food or electricity to power their tank filter. The goldfish, named Shaggy and Daphne, were in a 100-liter tank in the Quantum Chartered Accountants office. It was only this month that Quantum workers were allowed back into the building and found the fish alive. Three other goldfish in the tank had disappeared without a trace.

VIETNAM

US calls for priest’s release

The US, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have called on Hanoi to immediately release an ailing dissident priest who was sent back to prison after being granted medical leave. The US State Department expressed concern for 65-year-old Reverend Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly, who was taken to Ba Sao prison outside Hanoi on Monday. He had been released from prison in March last year with a brain tumor after suffering three strokes.

AUSTRALIA

Woman sues over sex injury

A woman injured when a hotel room light fitting fell and hit her on the face while she was having sex on a work trip sued the government yesterday, claiming she was entitled to compensation. The government employee suffered injuries to her nose, mouth and a tooth and was mentally scarred after the glass fitting fell from the wall and struck her in the face, her lawyer said. She was staying at a rural hotel ahead of a meeting. She says she should get damages because the incident happened while she was on official business. The workplace safety agency says the sex was a “frolic of her own.”

INDONESIA

Ex ‘saves’ bride at wedding

A family stopped a wedding after discovering the groom was a woman, but an ex-boyfriend stepped in to marry the bride and save the family’s “face.” The family had become suspicious because the “groom” did not bring relatives or ID to the ceremony, the Jakarta Globe reported yesterday. The erstwhile “groom” had a male physique and had known the bride for seven months.

LIBYA

Lockerbie bomber appears

Ailing former agent Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, convicted for life over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, made his first public appearance in nearly two years on Tuesday at a meeting in support of Muammar Qaddafi. Megrahi, 59, who has terminal cancer, was released from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds in August 2009. He is the only man convicted over the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, which killed 270 people, mostly US nationals. TV images showed an emaciated Megrahi, sitting on a wheelchair, at a meeting of his tribe in support of Qaddafi’s regime. His last public appearance was a September 2009 meeting with African lawmakers at a Tripoli hospital.

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