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CHINA

War games to start today

The country has set up alternative flight routes to minimize delays related to military exercises along its southeastern coast that start today, the Ministry of Defense said. The exercises are part of regularly scheduled drills aiming to improve the military’s ability to operate under simulated war conditions, the ministry said in a statement on Monday. It gave no details about where exactly the drills would take place, but said officers had been dispatched to regional airports to facilitate the shifting of civilian flights to alternative routes to reduce the impact on travelers. It said the military designated corridors of protected air space to reduce disruptions.

PHILIPPINES

Islamic militants kill 16

Sixteen people, including children, were killed when Islamic militants opened fire on two vehicles in a remote southern town yesterday, the military said. Abu Sayyaf gunmen opened fire on the vehicles in Talipao town before dawn in what appeared to be an ambush related to a clan feud, local marine commander Brigadier General Martin Pinto said. A number of policemen were riding aboard the two vehicles.

JAPAN

PM heads for Trinidad

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Mexico on Sunday having struck a series of energy deals and headed for Trinidad and Tobago, his next stop on a tour of Latin America. The leader and his wife received a red-carpet sendoff flanked by soldiers at the presidential hangar, and were bid farewell by Trinidadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade, according to a statement. Abe’s nine-day tour of the region will also take him to Colombia, Chile and Brazil.

THAILAND

Girls killed, seven wounded

A 12-year-old girl was killed and seven people, including two other girls, were wounded in a roadside bomb attack near an army base in the insurgency-plagued south, police said yesterday. Suspected insurgents detonated an improvised radio-controlled bomb near an army base in Pattani Province’s Sai Buri district, as a group of soldiers were finishing their guard duty at a mosque and returning to the base on Sunday night, police Colonel Panya Karawanan said. He said the explosion killed the 12-year-old and wounded two soldiers and five civilians, including a seven-year-old girl and her one-year-old sister. The attack came at the end of Ramadan, in which a spurt of attacks has occurred. More than 5,000 people have been killed since an Islamic insurgency erupted in 2004.

AUSTRALIA

Koala survives ride under car

Timberwolf the koala was lucky to be alive yesterday after surviving a terrifying 88km ride down a busy freeway clinging to the bottom of a car. The four-year-old male, who survived with nothing more than a torn nail, was struck by the vehicle near Maryborough in Queensland State on Friday. The Australia Zoo wildlife hospital said it latched onto the bottom of the car as it sped away, with the family inside not knowing they had a marsupial on board. It was only when they stopped in Gympie after a high-speed freeway drive that they noticed it, and called the hospital for help. The maximum speed on the freeway is 110kph. Australia Zoo vet Claude Lacasse said it was amazing the koala, named Timberwolf by the rescuers who brought him in, was in such great health. Timberwolf was given pain killers for the torn nail and is recovering in a tree at the zoo north of Brisbane as vets work out exactly where he grabbed hold of the car so they can return him to the wild.

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