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THAILAND

Security vow after blasts

Deputy prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon yesterday promised to tighten security after two homemade pipe bombs detonated near the up-scale Paragon shopping mall in Bangkok on Sunday evening, slightly injuring two passers-by. “We will strictly enforce security across the country. We need to have high security checks in some areas,” Prawit told reporters. “We can’t say who is behind this ... it could be people who have bad intentions, or are linked to politics or people who think differently.” The blasts occurred about 8pm on a walkway leading to the mall.

CHINA

Father, daughter executed

A father and daughter who belonged to a fringe religious group were executed yesterday for beating a woman to death at a McDonald’s restaurant, reportedly after she rebuffed their attempts to recruit her. The pair were among a group of five members of the banned Quannengshen cult convicted of attacking the woman in Shandong Province, surnamed Wu, after she refused to give them her phone number. The three others convicted over the attack were given prison terms ranging from seven years to life. Quannengshen members believe that Jesus has been reincarnated as a Chinese woman.

NEW ZEALAND

Key criticizes critic

Prime Minister John Key yesterday hit back at criticism by prize-winning author Eleanor Catton, saying she had no more political insight than All Blacks captain Richie McCaw. The author of The Luminaries sparked an uproar last week at a literary festival in India when she said she was angry with her nation’s treatment of the arts. She said the nation was dominated by “neo-liberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry politicians who do not care about culture.” Key said Catton’s political views carried no more credence than those of McCaw. “She has no particular great insights into politics, she is a fictional writer,” Key told Television New Zealand, adding he had read some but not all of The Luminaries.

SOUTH KOREA

Airline steward testifies

The daughter of the boss of Korean Air treated flight crew like “feudal slaves,” a chief steward said in court yesterday. Heather Cho, the former head of Korean Air in-flight service, is on trial for breaking aviation laws and conspiring with other company executives to force crew members lie about an incident on Dec. 5 last year. Chief steward, Park Chang-jin, who Cho ordered be removed from a flight, said that she “was like a beast that found its prey gritting its teeth as she became abusive, not listening to what I had to say at all… I don’t think Cho showed an ounce of conscience, treating powerless people like myself like feudal slaves, forcing us to sacrifice and treating it as if it was the natural thing to do.”

INDIA

Detainees escape center

Scores of inmates yesterday staged a pre-dawn mass breakout from a young offenders center by tying bedsheets together and then scaling down the walls of the three-story building, police said. A total of 91 inmates, including several convicted murderers, managed to flee the facility in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, although 35 were later recaptured, Police Superintendent Om Prakash said. “They removed an iron grille from a window at the back of the building while police were guarding the front,” Prakash said. “This was done so professionally that no one got a whiff.”

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