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SOUTH KOREA

Lebanese ambassador dies

Lebanese Ambassador Jad Saeed El-Hassan died in a car accident yesterday in Seoul, police said. El-Hassan was driving his car himself when it hit another vehicle inside a tunnel, police officers said on condition of anonymity, citing department rules. He was taken to a hospital, where doctors said the diplomat had died before his arrival, according to officials at the Inje University Seoul Paik Hospital. Two South Koreans in the second car were slightly injured and taken to another hospital, the officers said.

JAPAN

Oil tanker in trouble

A 998-tonne oil tanker was listing off the coast of Hyogo Prefecture yesterday after a large explosion and subsequent fire that sent towering columns of acrid smoke into the sky. The 64-year-old captain was unaccounted for hours after the accident, while four of his crew were in hospital being treated for severe burns, coast guard officials said. The tanker had unloaded its cargo of crude oil last week. Akihiro Komura, an official from Syoho Shipping, a Hiroshima-based shipping firm that owns the vessel, said that seven of the eight crew were safe.

JAPAN

Scientist to retract paper

A scientist under pressure over inconsistencies in her groundbreaking research has agreed to retract one of two papers published in Nature, reports said yesterday. Haruko Obokata, 30, was feted after unveiling research that appeared to show a straightforward way to reprogram adult cells to become a kind of stem cell. However, questions quickly emerged about her results. The institute that sponsored the study has urged her to withdraw her two papers after concluding that she fabricated at least some of the data. Obokata has agreed with her co-authors to withdraw one of the papers, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun, Kyodo News and other media. Her lawyer said that she will not withdraw the main paper, which summed up the cells’ characteristics and method of making them.

NEPAL

Everest conquest marked

The lone surviving member of the first expedition to reach the top of Mount Everest yesterday led a rally marking the 61st anniversary of the achievement. Kancha Sherpa, 81, led the rally of 500 people in Kathmandu, with mountaineers and trekking guides also taking part. New Zealander Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay, became the first climbers to reach the top of Everest on May 29, 1953. Kancha had carried loads up the mountain for the expedition and went up to the last camp on Everest, but did not climb to the summit. “We were all very happy on that day. It was the biggest day of my life,” Kancha said of the day the summit was reached. A service was held on Wednesday night in Kathmandu in memory of the 16 Sherpa guides killed in an April 18 avalanche just above Everest’s base camp.

INDIA

Three held for rape, murder

Police have arrested three people for allegedly gang raping and hanging two teenage sisters from a tree in a village in Uttar Pradesh state. Two of the suspects are police officers, police Superintendent Atul Saxena said yesterday. Villagers found the girls’ bodies hanging from a mango tree on Wednesday morning, hours after they disappeared from fields near their home in Katra village. Autopsies showed they had been raped and strangled before being hung from the tree, Saxena said.

UNITED STATES

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