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THAILAND

Lao airforce plane crashes

A Laos airforce plane carrying about 20 people including the country’s defense minister and other senior officials crashed on Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. There was no immediate word on casualties, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Sek Wannamethee said. The plane took off from the Lao capital, Vientiane, yesterday morning and crashed in the Lao province of Xiangkhoung, about 470km away. The aircraft was carrying Lao Defense Minister Douangchay Phichit, who is also a deputy prime minister, and several other high-ranking officials, including the governor of Vientiane. They were heading to an official ceremony for the Ministry of Defense, said Sek, who was informed of the crash by authorities in neighboring Laos. He did not immediately have any other details, and there was no official statement on the crash from authorities in Laos.

CHINA

Pipeline collapse kills 11

A pipeline in a coal mine has collapsed, killing 11 people, Xinhua news agency and a local work safety official said yesterday. The official at the provincial work safety bureau, who only gave his last name, Han, said that two more people were missing from the accident that took place on Wednesday in the city of Yulin in the northwestern province of Shaanxi. He said odds were slim they would be found alive. Xinhua said 37 people were in a shaft when a cement pipeline collapsed in the state-owned mine that was under construction. It said rescued recovered two bodies and pulled out 24 people alive on Wednesday. The nation has some of the world’s deadliest mines, killing more than 100 people since the start of the year, but they are getting safer with stricter work safety enforcement.

CHINA

Former executive probed

A former executive of state-owned China Resources Co, a conglomerate of energy, land and consumer businesses in China and Hong Kong, is under investigation, the nation’s top anti-corruption body said. Wang Shuaiting (王帥廷), vice chairman of China Travel Service Hong Kong, is suspected of serious disciplinary violations — Beijing’s official jargon for graft — during his tenure at China Resources, the nation’s Central Discipline Inspection Commission said in a one-line statement on its Web site. The probe follows a similar investigation into Song Lin (宋林), the ex-chairman of China Resources who has been sacked from his post, state media said. Such investigations are part of a wider anti-corruption drive launched by President Xi Jinping (習近平), who has vowed to tackle pervasive graft, saying he will go after high-flying “tigers” as well as lowly “flies.”

JAPAN

Star held for drug possession

Pop star ASKA was arrested yesterday for possessing illegal stimulant drugs in his apartment in Tokyo, reports said. Investigators were probing how ASKA — who is part of the popular music duo CHAGE and ASKA — obtained the “small dose” of drugs and whether he had used them, NHK and Tokyo Broadcasting System Television said. ASKA, 56, whose real name is Shigeaki Miyazaki, reportedly denied the charges. Before his arrest, he also rejected news reports that he was a drug addict. Authorities were not immediately available to confirm his arrest. CHAGE and ASKA made their musical debut in 1979 and remain hugely popular in Japan and other Asian countries where the duo have toured places such as Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

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