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NORTH KOREA

Kim Jong-un drives tank

New footage on state TV shows young leader Kim Jong-un maneuvering a tank and observing firing exercises. State TV aired the footage yesterday on what is believed to be Kim’s birthday. However, his birth date has never been revealed and there has been no mention of his birthday in state media. Kim was named “supreme leader” of the country’s people, ruling party and military last month after the death of his father, former supreme leader Kim Jong-il. The process to consolidate Kim Jong-un’s power has been gaining speed. The footage yesterday showed Kim Jong-un reviewing military exercises, including planes tearing through the sky and soldiers dropping down in parachutes. Kim Jong-un has pledged to uphold his father’s “military first” policy.

SOUTH KOREA

Chinese suspect detained

Police yesterday detained a Chinese man accused of throwing gasoline bombs at the Japanese embassy in Seoul after reportedly claiming his grandmother was forced into wartime sex slavery. The 38-year-old man allegedly threw four Molotov cocktails at the embassy yesterday morning, leaving burn marks on part of the outer wall, Seoul police said. A police detective said nobody was hurt in the attack. The man hailed from Guangzhou, China, and entered the country last month via Japan on a tourist visa, police said. The Yonhap news agency said the man had claimed his grandmother was one of the many “comfort women” who were forced into sexual slavery for Japanese soldiers before and during World War II. Historians say that about 200,000 women from Taiwan, Korea, China, the Philippines and other countries were drafted to work in Japanese army brothels.

AUSTRALIA

Crocodile invades home

A Darwin family spoke of their fright yesterday after waking to find a 1.7m crocodile lurking in their living room. Jo Dodd said she was first alerted to the reptilian intruder by the frantic barking of their family dog on Saturday morning. “We opened the door to our bedroom and looked into our lounge room area and there was a crocodile,” Dodd told Australian Braodcasting Corp from her home in Darwin. “It was the most freakiest thing — you don’t usually see a crocodile in your lounge room ... It was really a very surreal moment.” Rangers captured the crocodile and took it to a nearby crocodile farm. Known locally as “salties,” saltwater crocodiles are a common feature of the tropical north and kill an average of two people a year. They can grow up to 7m long and weigh more than a tonne.

AUSTRALIA

Truck kills sleeping boy

An 11-year-old boy was killed as he slept when a truck plowed into his house yesterday in a horrifying smash that killed another man and injured seven other people, police said. The truck carrying two trailers ran off the road after hitting a flatbed van on the busy Pacific Highway north of Sydney at about 5am and slammed into two houses “killing a boy asleep in his bedroom,” police said in a statement. The 11-year-old died instantly and the van driver was also killed, while seven others, including the boy’s 14-year-old brother and four people from a neighboring house, were rushed to a hospital with injuries. The truck driver, aged 40, had been admitted in a serious condition with chest and limb injuries along with his 31-year-old passenger, who suffered injuries to his head, spine and limbs.

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