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CHINA

Injured toddler ignored

More than a dozen passers-by ignored a two-year-old girl as she lay critically injured on a street in the southern city of Foshan after being run over first by a van and then a truck outside her family’s shop, Xinhua news agency said yesterday. Xinhua said a garbage collector who finally came to the girl’s aid, moving her to the curb and shouting for help, was ignored by several shopkeepers before he finally tracked down her mother who took her to hospital. Doctors said Yue Yue was in a coma and unlikely to survive the ordeal. Police have detained the drivers of both vehicles involved in the incident, Xinhua said.

CHINA

Bus crash kills 10

A tourist bus carrying many elderly passengers overturned on a winding highway in the south on Sunday, leaving 10 people dead and 33 injured, state media said. The bus carrying 49 people may have blown a tire, causing the vehicle to flip over into a ditch outside Zhangjiajie City, the reports said.

VIETNAM

Girl trampled by elephant

A circus elephant scooped up an 11-year-old girl with its trunk as she tried to feed it, threw her to the ground and trampled her to death, police said yesterday. Nguyen Thao Anh was offering sugarcane to the animal in the city of Lao Cai on Sunday when the attack happened, police officer Phan Van Quang said. Vietnam Circus Federation deputy director Nguyen Xuan Quang said the girl’s father had taken her in to feed the elephant, which was in a fenced compound with its legs chained. The father was talking on the phone when the attack happened, he said.

NEPAL

Controversial minister fired

The Maoist party said on Sunday it was removing a minister accused of involvement in the murder of a Hindu activist. Party leaders said parliamentary protests against land reforms minister Prabhu Sah were distracting from the peace process and had made his position untenable. Kashi Nath Tiwari, the president of Nepal’s Hindu Youth Association, was shot dead by three masked gunmen near his house in the town of Birgunj in June last year. Sah has been identified as a suspect in the killing, but state prosecutors have refused to lodge a case against him, citing a lack of evidence.

SOUTH KOREA

US$4 for war death

A woman has been offered a little more than US$4 in government compensation for the death of her brother during the Korean War. The woman was two years old when her brother was killed in combat in 1950, but never knew of his existence until told of his death by a neighbor, local media said, adding the woman’s mother has suffered from dementia. The family had not received any compensation until April when the soldier’s sister was awarded 5,000 won (US$4.33) under a law in effect during the war. The presidential Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission has called the decision “incomprehensible” and urged the government to review it.

PHILIPPINES

Drill near Spratlys starts

About 3,000 Filipino and US marines yesterday started two weeks of military drills that will include a hostile beach assault exercise west of Palawan near the disputed Spratly Islands (南沙). US Marine 1st Lieutenant Nick Eisenbeiser said the exercises through Oct. 28 would focus on honing the military allies’ capability to ensure regional security and were not aiming at China or any nation as an imaginary target.

COLOMBIA

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