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Second band member dies

A second member of the band Ladies’ Code has died from injuries sustained from a car accident. Kwon Ri-sae, 23, died yesterday morning at a hospital in Suwon, just south of Seoul, the band’s management agency said. She had been unconscious after undergoing hours of emergency brain surgery following Wednesday’s accident. Fellow band member Go Eun-bi died shortly after a van carrying the group crashed into a guard rail on a rain-drenched highway near Seoul. Police suspect that the van driver might have been speeding on the wet road to meet a tight schedule.


By-elections canceled

The Union Election Commission said yesterday it is canceling by-elections that were scheduled for later this year to fill 35 empty parliamentary seats. Commission chairman Tin Aye made the surprise announcement at a news conference in Yangon. Reasons he gave included preparations for next year’s general election, the government hosting the annual ASEAN summit in November and an election law that political parties field at least three candidates or cease to exist, a requirement he described as burdensome for the country’s 67 political parties.


Activist’s detention extended

A court on Saturday ordered human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja to remain in detention for 10 more days as authorities continue to investigate her case, which stems from her decision to return home to visit her jailed father. Al-Khawaja was detained after arriving on a flight a week ago. Authorities have charged her with assaulting police after she refused to hand over her mobile phone during questioning at the airport. She denies the charge. Al-Khawaja has dual Danish and Bahraini citizenship. Lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi provided details of the court order following a hearing. He said a Danish embassy representative also attended the hearing.


Navy hunts missing sailor

The Royal Australian Navy said yesterday it had launched a search for a Pakistani sailor believed to have disappeared overboard during a multinational military exercise in the north of the country. The navy said the sailor, who was not named, went missing earlier in the day while the Pakistani Navy ship Nasr was anchored at Darwin Harbor during the biennial Kakadu military exercises. A police spokesman told the Australian Broadcasting Corp the sailor might have deliberately jumped into the water to swim to the mainland. “A backpack was found in the water, which would indicate that the person leaving the ship did know what he was doing at the time,” Superintendent Rob Burgoyne said. “He was described as skulking in the bushes [on the mainland], so one can work out from that, probably he didn’t want to be found.”


Machete accused in court

A man appeared in court on Saturday charged with the murder of an 82-year-old woman reportedly found beheaded with a machete in her suburban London garden. Palmira Silva, a grandmother who worked at her family’s cafe, was attacked in her garden in Edmonton on Thursday. Nicholas Salvador, 25, appeared at the court in Highbury with his hands cuffed behind his back and escorted by four police officers. He is also charged with assaulting a police officer and was remanded in custody ahead of another court appearance set for tomorrow.


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