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NORTH KOREA

American Miller sentenced

American Matthew Miller, who was detained in April for violating his tourist status when he entered the country, was yesterday sentenced to six years of hard labor for “hostile” acts against Pyongyang. “He committed acts hostile to the [North] while entering the territory of the [North] under the guise of a tourist last April,” state-run Korean Central News Agency said in a statement. Miller, 24, of Bakersfield, California, was put on trial yesterday morning. He is believed to have torn up his visa at Pyongyang’s airport and demanded asylum. A trial is also expected soon for Jeffrey Fowle, 56, who entered the country as a tourist, but was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a provincial club.

AUSTRALIA

Coaches hired strippers

Media are reporting that coaches of the national swim team took part in parties involving strippers, porn movies and binge-drinking at annual bonding sessions. The Sunday Telegraph says two interim reports of an independent inquiry suggest parties were conducted in the presidential suite of a Gold Coast hotel occupied by the then-head coach of the Australian team, and that he was an “active and willing participant” in some. The parties were said to have taken place from 2002 to 2005. The head coach has since resigned.

MALAYSIA

Flight turned back

A Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Hyderabad, India, was turned back on Saturday due to a defect with the plane’s autopilot system, the airline said in a statement. Flight MH198 left Kuala Lumpur at 10:20pm on Thursday and returned at 2:10am, with all passengers and crew safe. The loss-making airline has had a difficult year. Flight MH370 disappeared in March and Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July. Last month, the airline said it would slash nearly one-third of its 20,000 workforce.

INDONESIA

Terror suspects arrested

Anti-terrorism police have arrested four Turks suspected of being linked to the Islamic State jihadist group, a spokesman said yesterday. The elite Detachment 88 police squad arrested the men, along with three Indonesians, after tailing their car on Saturday in central Sulawesi District of Poso, a known hotbed for militant activity, Boy Rafli Amar said. “They are Turkish,” Amar said, confirming the arrest and adding that the men were being investigated for their connection to the dreaded Islamist group. “We suspect they are linked and are investigating further,” he said. Indonesia is home to the world’s biggest Muslim population of about 225 million and has long struggled with terrorism, but a clampdown has seen the end of major deadly attacks.

GAZA STRIP

Children return to school

About half a million children are making a delayed return to school after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and damaged hundreds of school buildings.Gaza Ministry of Education official Ziad Thabet said yesterday’s opening — delayed two weeks — involved 230,000 first to 12th graders attending public schools, 200,000 going to UN-run schools and tens of thousands enrolled in private institutions. Thabet said that unlike in previous years, the first week of instruction in government schools will be given over to providing psychological counseling and recreational activities to help the children transition to learning. He said 26 Gaza schools were destroyed during the war, and 232 sustained damage.

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