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PHILIPPINES

Eleven killed by police

Police killed 11 suspected drug dealers during operations at the weekend, police said yesterday, adding to a surge of drugs-related killings since president-elect Rodrigo Duterte swept an election last month on promises to wipe out crime. Speculation has been rife in Manila that some police involved in the drugs business were clearing the decks before Duterte takes office by eliminating criminals who could implicate them.

SOUTH KOREA

Ship’s captain stabbed

Two Vietnamese crewmen on a South Korean fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean have allegedly stabbed and killed the ship’s captain and the engineer over a dispute, the coast guard said yesterday. The two, both aged 32, have since been overpowered by other crew members and are locked up aboard the vessel as it sails to the Seychelles capital, Victoria, a coast guard official in Busan said. The attack against the captain and the engineer took place early yesterday morning and was reported to the coast guard by the vessel’s owner located in Busan, coast guard official Kim In-ho said by telephone.

INDONESIA

‘Decisive’ actions defended

The government said it would continue to take “decisive” action against foreign ships operating illegally in waters under its jurisdiction after Beijing criticized its navy for shooting at Chinese fishing vessels. Indonesian Navy spokesman First Admiral Edi Sucipto yesterday confirmed a warship fired warning shots at Chinese fishing vessels in waters off Natuna islands and detained one of the vessels and its seven crew members. He said the incident occurred on Friday. “We will not hesitate to take decisive action against foreign ships, whatever their flag and nationality, when they commit violations in Indonesian territory,” Sucipto said.

NEPAL

Fake doctors arrested

Authorities yesterday said that they have arrested 36 people who were working as doctors with fake credentials and education certificates in a sweeping operation across the nation. Those arrested were working in reputed hospitals, health clinics and medical schools, Central Investigation Bureau official Dibesh Lohani said. They were arrested over the past three days and were charged with forgery. They face up to five years in jail if found guilty. Lohani said that many others are suspected of working as doctors with fake credentials and that the operation would continue. The bureau was working with the Nepal Medical Council and Education Board for months to investigate people suspected of working with fake medical degrees and phony practicing licenses.

INDONESIA

Race to save flood survivors

Authorities yesterday raced to rescue victims of landslides and flash floods caused by torrential rain at the weekend that killed nearly 50 people and left many missing in the main island of Java. Search and rescue teams used earth movers and bulldozers to clear debris in several locations in Central Java province after heavy rainfall damaged thousands of homes and forced residents to evacuate. “Around 200 people ... in joint teams from the military, police, NGOs [non-governmental organizations], and volunteers are continuing to search for victims,” national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said. He added 47 people had died and 15 remained missing.

RUSSIA

Children die in storm

At least 14 children at a summer camp drowned when their boats capsized during a storm on a lake, investigators said on Sunday. The accident happened overnight on Lake Syamozero, close to the border with Finland, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said. “The investigators have finished examining the bodies of the 14 victims. They said that they were all born between 2002 and 2004. There are no adults among the victims,” Markin said in a statement. Four members of the camp staff have been detained for questioning, he added. The children were “apparently not wearing life jackets,” children’s rights watchdog Pavel Astakhov told RIA Novosti.

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