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LEBANON

One killed in faction fighting

One person was killed and others injured late on Friday in a Palestinian refugee camp in south Lebanon after a dispute erupted into gunfire between rival political groups for the second time this week, witnesses and state media said. The outbreak of violence comes after two men were shot dead in the same camp on Monday because of tensions between members of the mainstream Palestinian faction Fatah and a Muslim group. Fatah member Hussein Othman was killed in Friday’s fighting between groups of armed men from rival factions, Lebanon’s National News Agency said.

UNITED NATIONS

China vetoes blacklist add-on

China has blocked a request from India to add Pakistani militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar to a UN sanctions blacklist, UN diplomats said on Friday. India accuses Azhar of involvement in an attack on the Pathankot air base in Punjab, India, in January. Chinese Ambassador to the UN Liu Jieyi (劉結一) said that the request to add the militant leader to the UN al-Qaeda/Islamic State sanctions list did not meet certain requirements, but did not elaborate. “Any listing would have to meet the necessary requirements,” Liu said. “It is the responsibility of all members of the council to make sure that these requirements are followed.” UN diplomats said the request would be discussed by the sanctions committee on April 20 and that China would then provide an update on its decision to oppose the request.

CHINA

Aged-care killer sentenced

A man who killed nine people and injured nine others in a Chinese nursing home has been sentenced to death, the official Xinhua news agency said yesterday. Luo Renchu (羅仁初) had gathered bricks and pummeled residents at the home in the central city of Loudi following a dispute with the owners over allegedly unpaid wages, Xinhua said, citing a verdict handed down on Friday by the city’s Intermediate People’s Court. Xinhua said the attack occurred on Feb. 19, last year, after the owners failed to pay 40,000 yuan (US$6,170) owed to Luo and his wife. Calls to the court and local government offices rang unanswered yesterday. Retirement homes in China are drawing attention as the country’s overall population rapidly ages, mainly as a result of a shrinking fertility rate exacerbated by rules limiting most couples to just one child. Smaller family sizes and increased mobility have challenged traditional notions that children should house and care for their parents into their old age.

INDONESIA

DiCaprio angers Indonesia

An Indonesian immigration official says US actor Leonardo DiCaprio might be banned from returning to Indonesia over his criticisms that palm oil plantations are destroying the country’s rainforests. The Oscar-winning actor made a one-day visit to protected Mount Leuser National Park in Tamiang, an Aceh district neighboring North Sumatra province, last weekend and uploaded photographs to his Instagram account, expressing concerns over species whose habitats are threatened. Directorate General for Immigration spokesman Heru Santoso yesterday said that DiCaprio used his visit to discredit the palm oil industry and the Indonesian government. “We can blacklist him from returning to Indonesia at any time, if he keeps posting incitement or provocative statements in his social media,” Santoso said.

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