Elephant kills three villagers
Police say a wild elephant entered a village in southeastern Nepal and trampled three villagers to death and injured two more. Police official Satya Narayan Rajbangsi says the elephant entered Prithvinagar village on Wednesday night and trampled the villagers before being chased away. The village is located about 250km southeast of Katmandu, near the border with India. Rajbangsi said on Friday that the village has never been attacked by elephants before. Wild elephants have been known to enter villages looking for stored grains and sugarcane and sometimes attack humans when they try to stop them.
Former anti-drug chief jailed
A court official says the former head of Cambodia’s anti-drug trafficking agency has been sentenced to life in prison for drug-related corruption. Prosecutor Phan Vanrath says the Banteay Meanchey provincial court yesterday sentenced former police Lieutenant General Moek Dara for taking bribes and masterminding drug trafficking. Moek Dara was secretary-general of the National Authority for Combating Drugs before his arrest in January last year. His aide, Chea Leng, was sentenced to life in prison on the same charges. Former anti-drug officer Morn Deurn, who remains at large, was sentenced in absentia to 25 years. The court, about 300km northwest of Phnom Penh, fined the trio nearly US$500,000 — the same amount they took in bribes.
18 people die in bus crash
A bus went out of control and slipped from a snow-covered bridge in southern China, killing at least 18 people and injuring 37, state media reported yesterday. The overloaded bus was carrying 57 people when it crashed in Guizhou Province on Wednesday afternoon, the Xinhua news agency said. It had been traveling from Anhui Province when it plunged from the bridge into a valley 10m below. The accident follows the deaths of 13 people on Tuesday in central Hunan Province, where a truck crossed a highway divider and crashed head-on into a bus traveling in the opposite direction. A separate truck-bus collision in southwestern Yunnan Province on Wednesday killed eight and injured 13, Xinhua said yesterday.
90kg tumor cut away
A man left unable to walk by a tumor on his right leg that weighs more than the rest of his body went under the knife yesterday to have the growth removed, hospital officials said. Nguyen Duy Hai’s massive 90kg tumor is to be cut away by a team of doctors in a risky 10-hour procedure that has only a 50 percent success rate, the France-Vietnam hospital in Ho Chi Minh City said. Hai, 31, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder, has been living with the tumor since he was four years old. He had part of his leg amputated when he was 17, but the tumor, which is not cancerous, continued to expand, making it difficult for Hai to walk and sleep.
North Korean spy charged
Prosecutors yesterday charged a North Korean spy who was arrested after entering the country posing as a refugee, a report said. The 47-year-old surnamed Kim arrived in June last year with 14 genuine refugees, but was arrested last November after his real identity was revealed during questioning, Yonhap news agency said. Kim had crossed the Tumen River into China and traveled on to Thailand with the others
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