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JAPAN

Angry wife throttles husband

A 43-year-old woman who allegedly tried to strangle her husband because he did not give her a present in return for a Valentine’s day gift was being quizzed by police yesterday. Japanese men are supposed to offer presents to their partner on March 14, known as White Day, in return for the chocolates and other goodies they received on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, but after apparently being spurned by her 31-year-old husband, Mie Nishiyama allegedly tried to throttle him with a necktie. Nishiyama, who was arrested at her home in the western city of Sakai shortly after midnight following an emergency call from her husband, told police she suspected he was having an affair. “And he did not give me a gift in return for Valentine’s Day. I was angry and strangled him,” she was quoted by police as saying. She said she had not intended to kill her husband, a police official said, but she had nonetheless been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. The Western custom of Valentine’s Day was modified when it arrived in Japan to become a one-way street in which women do the giving, presenting chocolates to many of the men in their life — colleagues, bosses and partners. Keen marketers established White Day as an opportunity for men to return the compliment.

MALAYSIA

Planes crash, pilots safe

Two planes from an Indonesian acrobatic air team clipped wings and crashed on Sunday during a practice session ahead of an air show, officials said. All four pilots ejected and were safe. The pilots from both planes ejected from their aircraft after the jets went out of control and landed safely with their parachutes, said a Malaysian defense official, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media. There were no reports of deaths or serious injuries on the ground. A house and a car caught fire due to falling debris from the plane, the organizers of the show, held on northern Langkawi island, said in a statement. The four pilots were under observation at a hospital in Langkawi. Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein visited them and tweeted: “Thankful that all 4 pilots are safe, their spirits remained high.”

MEXICO

Cops arrest teen with AK-47

Police arrested a 13-year-old boy who was carrying an AK-47 assault rifle, a pistol, cartridges and marijuana, a prosecutor said on Sunday. “The weapons we found were analyzed by experts and they were not found to be connected to any criminal act,” Nuevo Leon state prosecutor Javier Flores said. However, local media said that the as yet unnamed teenager was dubbed “Hit Boy,” worked for the Sinalocos gang and took part in several murders in an area south of Monterrey, the nation’s third-largest city. He was released after his arrest on Wednesday last week in Monterrey, but faces charges of possession of arms and drugs, Flores said.

BRAZIL

Protesters take to the streets

About 1.5 million protesters hit the streets across Brazil on Sunday in a major show of anger against President Dilma Rousseff, who faces crises from a faltering economy to a massive corruption scandal at state oil giant Petrobras. Many called for the impeachment of Rousseff, less than six months after she was narrowly returned to power. The biggest demonstration took place in Sao Paulo, where 1 million people rallied, according to police estimates. Peaceful demonstrations also took place in 83 cities and towns around the country, including major protests in the capital Brasilia and in Rio de Janeiro.

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