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INDONESIA

Religious fanatics jailed

A court yesterday sentenced religious fanatics who killed three members of a minority Muslim sect in a frenzied mob attack to between three and six months in jail. Dani bin Misra, a 17-year-old who smashed a victim’s skull with a stone, received three months for manslaughter. Idris bin Mahdani, who led the mob of more than 1,000 Muslims in the February attack, was convicted of illegal possession of a machete and received five months and 15 days in jail. Twelve people stood trial, but none faced murder charges in what human rights activists said was a travesty of justice in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country. Ahmadiyah, unlike mainstream Muslims, do not believe Mohammed was the last prophet and are regarded as heretics and blasphemers by conservatives in places like Indonesia and Pakistan.

PHILIPPINES

More bodies recovered

Disaster officials say more bodies have been recovered from flood waters and landslides in the north of the country. The discoveries raise the death toll from a storm to 35. Civil Defense Administrator Benito Ramos said 25 fishermen remain missing, nearly all of them from one boat that sank in the center of the country. Ramos said yesterday that among the bodies rescuers have recovered were those of two government mines bureau staffers and the two police officers with them. The weather bureau said Tropical Storm Nock-ten was heading to southern China with maximum winds of 95kph.

AUSTRALIA

Smoke makes jet do U-turn

An Air Canada plane bound for Vancouver was forced to dump fuel and return to Sydney yesterday after crew reported smoke coming from an oven in the galley, the airline said. The Boeing 777 aircraft landed safely without incident, according to a Sydney Airport spokesman. Air Canada’s general manager for Australia and New Zealand Jeannie Foster was quoted by local media as saying the plane returned to Sydney as a precaution, denying earlier reports of a fire. “A crew member saw smoke come out of the oven in the galley and informed the captain. The captain took the precaution to return to Sydney ... No emergency was declared. There was no fire, only smoke,” she was quoted as saying on Sky News.

SOUTH KOREA

Two killed in plane crash

The pilot and co-pilot of an Asiana Airlines cargo plane were killed when the aircraft caught fire and crashed yesterday off the southern island of Jeju, officials said. Investigations were focusing on whether inflammable material in the hold of the Boeing 747-400 sparked the blaze. The plane left the country’s main international airport at Incheon at 3:05am bound for Shanghai’s Pudong airport, but about an hour after takeoff the pilot radioed Chinese air traffic controllers in Shanghai and said that a fire had broken out in the hold and that the plane had to divert to Jeju, transport ministry officials said.

NEW ZEALAND

Missing teen confirmed dead

A teenager missing since the shootings on Norway’s Utoeya island was confirmed yesterday to have been killed in the massacre. “It is with great sadness and pain that today we got the message we have feared would come through. Our beloved daughter Sharidyn Meegan Ngahiwi Svebakk-Bohn is confirmed dead,” her parents said in a statement. Sharidyn, 14, is believed to be the youngest victim among the 68 people killed by a gunman last week.

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