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CHINA

Official fired over sex tape

A senior official at a Communist Party school in a northwestern province has been dismissed from his post over a sex scandal, state media reported on Monday. Qin Guogang (秦國剛), the vice president of a party school in Shaanxi Province, was also expelled from the Communist Party, Xinhua news agency said, citing provincial disciplinary authorities. Stills from a video appeared online a week earlier purporting to show a naked Qin with a female postgraduate student from the school. State media reported that the student posted the photographs and submitted the hour-long sex video to provincial disciplinary authorities. She said Qin had falsely told her he was not married.

FRANCE

Suspected pirates arrested

A navy ship intercepted a hijacked dhow off the coast of Oman, arresting five suspected pirates who had taken hostage an all-Indian crew, defense officials said on Monday. The operation took place after an aborted pirate attack on an oil tanker in the area, the joint defense staff said in a statement. The dhow’s 11-member Indian crew were freed. The dhow was suspected to have served as a rear base for the pirates, who launched a failed bid to take over the Nave Atropos, an oil tanker sailing under a flag from the Marshall Islands. A Japanese naval patrol and forces from international fleets patrolling the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean also took part in Saturday’s operation about 75km off Oman’s coast, the statement said.

INDONESIA

Bomb plot mastermind jailed

A court yesterday jailed the mastermind of an Islamic extremist plot to bomb the Myanmar embassy for seven-and-a-half years, but the militant pledged to “continue fighting the enemies of Islam.” Sigit Indrajid confessed at an earlier hearing to leading a group that planned to attack the mission in Jakarta to avenge the killing of minority Rohingya Muslims in mainly Buddhist Myanmar. The plight of the Rohingya, many of whom have been killed or displaced in sectarian unrest in Myanmar, has caused widespread anger in the Muslim-majority country. The plan was foiled in May 2 last year, when police caught two of the plotters riding a motorbike in the capital, one of whom was carrying a backpack full of pipe-bombs. They had planned to launch the attack the following day.

JAPAN

‘Mothers’ chairman arrested

A man who runs a non-profit organization promoting motherhood has been arrested on suspicion of hospitalizing his wife by kicking and beating her, police said yesterday. Shinji Morimatsu, 49, the chairman of the Japan Mothers Society, is alleged to have hit his 51-year-old wife around the head and face then kicked her in the chest and abdomen as she lay on the floor on May 26 last year, a senior official at the Matsuyama Higashi police station said. The Japan Mothers Society holds seminars on child-rearing, as well as giving out a “Best Mother” award every year, usually to a high-profile actress with children, with its chairman presenting the trophy in a blaze of publicity. Morimatsu’s wife hinted that there had been previous incidents of domestic violence, the official said, adding that officers were investigating the allegations. Morimatsu, who was arrested on Monday, has told police that he and his wife had quarreled, but insisted there had been no violence, the official added. The couple, who have had no contact with each other since May last year, have no children, he said.

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