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THAILAND

Three policemen shot

Three policemen were shot dead in an ambush by suspected Muslim militants in the insurgency-racked far south, an official said yesterday. The three Muslim officers were returning from evening prayers when they were attacked on Thursday night in Krong Pinang District in Yala Province, police said. “It’s the work of militants who want to incite further unrest,” Yala deputy police commander Colonel Banlue Chuwet said by telephone. An imam was shot in the leg in the same attack, he added.

PHILIPPINES

Senator refuses to make plea

A court has entered a not-guilty plea for a senator and dictatorship-era martial law enforcer who has been detained on charges of economic plunder with two other prominent colleagues. The Sandiganbayan Court made the move after ailing Senator Juan Ponce Enrile refused to enter a plea on Friday to the large-scale corruption charge, which he has denied. The 90-year-old legislator was brought to the court in an ambulance from a police hospital, where he has been detained since surrendering last week. Enrile and two other senators were ordered arrested by the court for allegedly receiving huge kickbacks from a scam that diverted millions of dollars from antipoverty and development funds allotted to lawmakers. Enrile was defense minister when former president Ferdinand Marcos placed the nation under martial rule in 1972.

VANUATU

Inter-island ferry sinks

Two people were confirmed dead and another two were missing after an inter-island ferry sank in the Pacific archipelago yesterday, with survivors forced to endure more than six hours adrift, officials said. The ferry carrying 30 passengers and 13 crew sank in the early hours of the morning as it was sailing from Malekula to the capital, Port Vila, Vanuatu Red Cross chief executive Jacqueline De Gaillande said. “The accident happened at 2am this morning [yesterday] and we were aware of it at 8am,” she said. “By 10am the boat had completely sunk in 800 feet [240m] of water... Right now, we have 28 passengers safe and 11 crew. The bodies of two women passengers have been recovered, and there is one crew member and one child missing.” De Gaillande said the cause of the accident was unknown.

ENGLAND

Rickshaw takes motorway

A Frenchman pedaling home on a rickshaw took a wrong turn onto a motorway and was stopped by police on Wednesday. The rider, dressed in a straw hat and a gray sweater despite heavy rain, was apprehended near the town of Lewes. “Police helping a lost French man... on his way to Paris on his Rickshaw,” local police wrote on Twitter, with a photo of the man astride his three-wheeled cart. Police escorted the rider to the end of the motorway, where he was able to join a cycle path to continue his journey via the port of Newhaven.

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