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MALAYSIA

Wife kidnaps mistress

A woman has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping her husband’s mistress for several days. The enraged wife was arrested on Tuesday in a suburb of the capital, Kuala Lumpur, local district police chief Abdul Rahim Abdullah said. The victim was found and freed a few hours later. “According to investigations, the wife and her brother had found the man’s mistress and made him listen while the two tortured and beat up the mistress. The wife met her husband on Sunday and showed him pictures of his lover, who appeared to be tied up,” he said. “She also demanded a 50,000 ringgit [US$16,800] ransom if he wanted to see the mistress again.”

AUSTRALIA

House fire kills 11 people

An overnight house fire has killed 11 people, including eight children, from two families, officials said yesterday. Three people managed to escape the fire, which broke out in the two-story home around midnight in Logan City, south of the Queensland state capital of Brisbane, police Superintendent Noel Powers said. The fire began underneath the house, but the cause was not immediately known. Eight children and teenagers were among the dead, with the youngest victim aged 3, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said.

SOUTH KOREA

Boobs fondled in check-up

Would-be flight attendants have accused Indonesia’s national airline of making them strip and having their breasts handled in medical check-ups. Several dozen candidates for 18 highly coveted female flight attendant positions with Garuda Indonesia were required to strip down to their panties to screen out those with tattoos or breast implants, one applicant said. “The hand examination on breasts was held since those with implants can have health issues when air pressure falls during flights,” Yonhap news agency quoted an airline official as saying. “We are investigating the matter by questioning managers and the doctor who was in charge of the checkup ... This is very embarrassing,” Park Sung-hyun said.

AFGHANISTAN

Third official assassinated

A local government official has been assassinated in southern Afghanistan — the third official killed in Helmand Province in a week, officials said yesterday. The governor’s office in Helmand said two gunmen on a motorcycle fired at a member of the Nawa district council on Tuesday evening in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital. The councilman was rushed to a hospital but died of his wounds. Also in the south, Afghan and NATO forces discovered 1,000kg of marijuana seeds and 1,500kg of hashish while patrolling in Zhari district of Kandahar Province. The drugs were destroyed by coalition forces.

HONG KONG

Court to rule on residency

A court will rule next month whether foreign maids are allowed to settle permanently in the territory, it said yesterday as the hearing into a landmark case wrapped up. The action by Evangeline Banao Vallejos, a Philippine domestic helper who has lived in the territory since 1986 but was denied permanent residency, has cast a spotlight on the financial hub’s treatment of its army of foreign maids. High Court judge Johnson Lam said he will deliver a decision by the end of next month, Vallejos’ lawyer Peter Barnes said. The ruling will be crucial as Vallejos’ legal battle is the first of five launched by Filipinos who have filed similar lawsuits.

ISRAEL

Airstrike targets Gaza

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