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JAPAN

Oldest woman dies

An official said a woman in his town near Tokyo who became world’s oldest living female just last month has died at 115. Koto Okubo died on Saturday at a nursing home in Kawasaki City, city official Mitsuhiro Kozuka said. He said her relatives declined to release the cause of her death and family details. Born Dec. 24, 1897, Okubo held her title for less than a month following the death of Dina Manfredini of the US.

JAPAN

Drunk US sailor arrested

Police have arrested a US sailor for alleged trespassing near Tokyo during a nighttime curfew imposed after recent crimes linked to US servicemen. Kanagawa police said Richard Lawton, 24, is suspected of having entered a home near his base in Yokosuka early yesterday. Lawton, a petty officer 2nd class, was reportedly drunk when arrested after a resident called the police. Since an alleged rape of a woman in Okinawa by two sailors in October last year, an 11pm to 5am curfew has been in place for all US servicemen in the country, banning off-base alcohol purchase or consumption. Several US servicemen have been arrested since, raising questions over the effectiveness of the curfew.

BANGLADESH

Muslims seek blessings

Millions of Muslim devotees have raised their hands to seek divine blessings, world peace and revival of Islamic values at one of the world’s largest Islamic gatherings near the country’s capital.

The first phase of the three-day World Congregation of Muslims, or Biswa Ijtema, ended yesterday through a final prayer on the banks of the River Turag at Tongi, police official Faruk Hossain said. The gathering aims to revive the tenets of Islam and promote peace through prayer.

EGYPT

Mubarak to face new trial

The Court of Cassation yesterday accepted an appeal against the life sentence handed down to former president Hosni Mubarak for his involvement in the deaths of protesters in 2011 and ordered a retrial. Mubarak, his two sons Alaa and Gamal, his former interior minister and top security chiefs will now face a new trial, the court said after a very brief hearing. The ruling was met with cries of “Long live justice!” by Mubarak supporters who held up the former strongman’s picture and hugged each other in the courtroom, with dozens more outside shouting “We love you, president!” However, Mubarak, his sons and former interior minister Habib al-Adly will remain in jail as they still face separate cases.

ITALY

Boy drives car across Europe

A 13-year-old boy ran away from his adoptive parents in Italy, taking his father’s Mercedes and driving 1,000km toward his native Poland before being stopped in Germany. The boy — a go-kart enthusiast — managed to pass motorway toll booths and cross two international borders in his two-day drive across northern Italy, Austria and half of Germany. “He looks like a 16-year-old, but still! He managed to fuel up and pass two borders. It’s just incredible,” Eleonora Spadati, head of Carabinieri police in Montebelluna where the boy took flight from, said on Saturday. Spadati said the boy missed Poland and wanted to see his biological sister. Just before leaving on Thursday with just 200 euros (about US$270) in his pocket and a passport, he had also argued with his parents after they confiscated his mobile phone as a punishment for topping up its credit without their consent.

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