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NORTH KOREA

Kim movie an ‘act of terror’

Pyongyang yesterday denounced a new Hollywood comedy about an assassination bid on leader Kim Jong-un as a “wanton act of terror” and warned of a “merciless response” unless the US authorities banned the film. The Interview stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as two celebrity journalists who land an interview with Kim and are then tasked by the CIA with killing him. It is due to be released in the US on Oct. 14. In a statement carried by the KCNA news agency, a foreign ministry spokesman said the film was the work of “gangster moviemakers” and should never be shown. It is not the first time Hollywood has poked fun at a North Korean leader. In the 2004 action comedy Team America, Kim’s father, Kim Jong-il, was portrayed as a speech-impaired, isolated despot.

INDIA

Four dead as train derails

A passenger train derailed yesterday in eastern India, killing four people, after a suspected explosion on the tracks during a protest called by Maoist insurgents, officials said. About 12 carriages of the Rajdhani Express, which was traveling from New Delhi to Assam, toppled over at about 2am in Bihar state’s Saran District. “Prima facie, it appears to be a case of sabotage,” Railway Board chairman Arunendra Kumar told the Press Trust of India news agency. “There was a blast on the track, which could have caused the derailment.” However, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said it was “too early” to blame the insurgents, according to PTI, while a senior police officer said that a “technical fault” could have been to blame.

JAPAN

Dog saves boy from bear

A placid pet dog was being hailed as a hero after saving a five-year-old boy from a mauling by a wild bear, police said on Tuesday. The dog, a six-year-old shiba, took on the 1m tall bear after it attacked the young boy during a riverside walk with his great-grandfather. The dog barked “unusually loudly” and chased off the animal on Saturday evening in Odate, about 550km north of Tokyo, a local police spokesman said. “The boy suffered slight bruises and was taken to hospital, but he was released on the same day,” the spokesman said. The boy’s 80-year-old great-grandfather, who was a short distance away near his car, raised the alarm.

THAILAND

Rice tycoon gets three years

The district court in Samut Prakan Province has sentenced a top rice trader believed to have close ties to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to three years in jail for embezzling rice from state stockpiles. A court official said Apichart Chansakulporn, former owner of bankrupt President Agri Trading, was found guilty of failing to deliver 20,000 tonnes of rice to Iran after getting a mandate for the trade from the commerce ministry in 2007. “However, he has the right to appeal within a month,” said the official, declining to be identified as he was not authorized to speak to the press.” Apichart remained free on bail

ISRAEL

Prisoners end hunger strike

A Palestinian official says about 80 Palestinian prisoners have ended their hunger strike after 63 days, after reaching a deal with Israel. Minister of Prisoner Affairs Shawqi al-Aissa said the hunger strike ended yesterday. He would not elaborate on the deal struck with the Israel Prison Authority. About 5,000 Palestinians are imprisoned in Israel for offenses ranging from rock throwing to deadly militant attacks. The latest hunger strike was launched on April 24.

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