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CHINA

Jailed activist released

Activist Xu Wanping (許萬平), who has spent a total of 20 years in detention, has been freed from prison, New York-based campaign group Human Rights in China and US-funded Radio Free Asia said yesterday. Xu, a former factory worker and member of the outlawed Chinese Democracy Party, was released this week from Yuzhou jail in Chongqing. He was sentenced in 2005 to 12 years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power.” He told the radio station yesterday that he had been freed after authorities granted him a three-year reduction. However, he will be deprived of his political rights for four years.

PHILIPPINES

Clash with rebels kills 15

At least 15 people were killed when security forces and Islamist militants exchanged mortar fire for three hours on Tuesday on Sulu, marine Brigadier-General Martin Pinto said yesterday. He said a soldier was killed and 19 others were wounded as sporadic fighting continued early yesterday in Patikul. Pinto said about 300 Abu Sayyaf rebels launched an offensive to retake their base in Patikul after soldiers captured it on Monday.

CHINA

Zhou protege expelled

A top provincial official reportedly linked to former Chinese Communist Party leader Zhou Yongkang (周永康) has been expelled from the party, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said late on Tuesday. Li Chuncheng (李春城) was described as “morally degenerate” in a statement released by the commission, which also said he was expelled from his “official position.” Li was mayor of Chengdu when Zhou was party boss of Sichuan Province from 1999 to 2002. State media reported in 2012 that Li had been dismissed as Sichuan’s deputy party secretary for “serious violations of discipline.”

YEMEN

Soldiers killed in clashes

Suspected al-Qaeda militants killed 18 soldiers in separate ambushes on Tuesday as the army launched a ground offensive against their remaining strongholds in the south, medical and security sources said. Twelve militants were killed when the ambush in Shabwa Province sparked a firefight, tribal sources said. Ten soldiers were also wounded and 15 captured, medics and an officer said.

CAMBODIA

Asylum deal mulled

Foreign Ministry Secretary of State Ouch Borith has said the country has tentatively agreed to accept asylum seekers who had been seeking to settle in Australia in a potential deal criticized by refugee advocates. He told reporters on Tuesday there was an agreement in principle with Canberra to take the asylum seekers, who are being held in camps in Nauru. However, Phnom Penh had not yet approved the deal, he said. Ouch Barith told reporters that Phnom Penh would act out of humanitarian concerns and that a deal did not hinge on how much money it might be paid.

UAE

Scorpions’ drummer jailed

The drummer for German rock band Scorpions has been in jail for almost a month after being arrested for “insulting” Islam and offensive behavior at Dubai’s international airport, media reported yesterday. James Kottak, a US citizen, was detained on April 3 while in transit to Bahrain, where he was to perform, according to the reports. He was sentenced on Tuesday to one month in jail by an Emirati court and based on time served would soon be released.

MEXICO

Alleged thieves killed

Mexico City officials said on Tuesday that an unidentified man disarmed a thief trying to rob passengers aboard a bus, then shot him and another thief to death before fleeing. The Mexico City prosecutors’ office said the bodies of two men were found at the scene of the shooting on Monday, as were two pistols — one of them a toy. The office quoted witnesses as saying the two men had started robbing passengers at gunpoint when one bus rider wrestled a gun away from one thief, shot him and then killed the accomplice. The other thief may have been holding the toy pistol. No arrests have been made in the shootings.

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