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PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Armed group raids airport

About 30 heavily armed bandits robbed passengers and ransacked Lae Nadzab Airport yesterday, the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, as it warned travelers to be cautious. The airport in Nadzab was overrun by the group in the morning, with reports saying the robbers held the facility for two hours. Reports said the group was armed with pistols, rifles, homemade guns and machetes, and held about 30 passengers at gunpoint before escaping across the runway. One man was assaulted with a rifle butt as the bandits looted office equipment and food, the Australian Broadcasting Corp reported. “The nine security guards manning the airport said they were outnumbered and ordered at gunpoint to huddle up with the passengers in front of the terminal,” police spokesman David Terry told the broadcaster. He said the men were unable to break into safe of national carrier Air Niugini.

SOUTH KOREA

Park furiously rejects rumors

President Park Geun-hye yesterday hit out at “groundless” rumors circling her administration, some of which touch on her personal life. “There have been a lot of groundless allegations. It’s time to reveal the truth so that people should not be thrown into confusion any more,” Park said in televised comments to senior advisers. The latest allegation, made by the Segye Times daily, is that former Park aide Jeong Yun-hoe, who holds no official position, is meddling in state affairs. Citing an internal presidential office document, the newspaper said Jeong received regular briefings from senior presidential officials and had pushed for the dismissal of Park’s chief-of-staff. The Blue House insists the document is inaccurate, but state prosecutors launched a probe into how it was leaked. The officials named as those who briefed Jung have filed a defamation suit against the Segye Times. The report came days after the trial began of a Japanese journalist accused of defaming Park by mentioning local rumors that on the day the Sewol ferry sank, she was conducting a tryst with Jeong.

VIETNAM

Anti-China blogger arrested

Police said they have arrested a blogger for posting “bad content” about the government, as part of a long-running crackdown on online dissent. Hong Le Tho, 65, was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday for posting articles “with bad content and incorrect information that reduce trust in state agencies,” the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement. Tho’s blog, called “Nguoi Lot Gach” — “a brick layer” — has run for at least three years and was regularly updated in Vietnamese, English and French with his commentary on social and political issues. Many of the posts were strongly anti-China, reflecting widespread animosity among many locals, including intellectuals.

NEW ZEALAND

Dotcom beats custody bid

US authorities have lost a motion to have cyberfugitive Kim Dotcom remanded in custody before his extradition hearing to face internet piracy charges in the US. An Auckland court yesterday rejected allegations that Dotcom, founder of the Megaupload file storage site, was a flight risk and had broken terms of his bail imposed after the flamboyant Internet entrepreneur was arrested by US and local authorities in 2012. While Dotcom, a German national and local resident, was free to return to his sprawling mansion in Auckland, his bail conditions were tightened to prevent him from traveling by helicopter and require him to report to police twice a week.

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