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CHINA

Eight die in elevator incident

Eight people were killed when the construction elevator they were in plummeted from an apartment building, a local government said yesterday. The Longkou city government in Shandong Province said on its official microblog that the elevator fell from the 18th story of the building under construction. Eight people who were in the elevator when it fell on Friday were immediately taken to hospitals, but none survived, the government said. Despite improvements in recent years, work safety remains a problem in the nation, where regulations are routinely ignored and cost-cutting by management often leads to accidents.

INDIA

Moonshine kills 17 workers

Seventeen laborers died and about a dozen are fighting for their lives after drinking toxic homemade liquor, police said yesterday, in the nation’s latest incident of alcohol poisoning. Police in Uttar Pradesh state’s Etah District said the victims started to vomit and fall sick, complaining of severe stomach aches and blurred vision, after consuming the moonshine late on Friday. “Seventeen people have died since [Friday] night and about 12 are still in the hospital, very ill,” a local police officer told reporters on the condition of anonymity. The officer said a local vendor was arrested late on Saturday after police registered a formal case against him for culpable homicide. “The vendor obviously mixed some chemical in the last batch ... police are investigating the matter,” he added. Hundreds of poor people die every year in the country due to alcohol poisoning, mostly from consuming cheap hooch.

JAPAN

Alleged refugee in custody

A man claiming to have escaped North Korea was being held under police protection after he was found wandering in a western city, local media reported yesterday. The man told police that he left North Korea by ship last week, public broadcaster NHK and the Asahi Shimbun said, without clarifying why he was on board. He then jumped off the boat and swam ashore in Yamaguchi Prefecture by holding onto a floating plastic container, the news reports said. The man, whose name was withheld, was found wandering in Nagato on Saturday morning and taken in by police, they added. Kyodo news agency quoted the man, wearing a black T-shirt and trousers, as saying he was born in 1990, but did not have anything to prove his identity. After questioning, police are to hand him over to immigration authorities to determine whether he is a North Korean defector who needs protection and assistance, Kyodo said.

SUDAN

Floods kill nine in Darfur

Heavy rains and flash floods in the war-torn region of Darfur on Saturday killed nine people, the official SUNA news agency reported. The deaths occurred in the town of al-Fashir, the capital of the state of North Darfur. “Heavy rains lashed the north and east parts of al-Fashir, causing floods in two rivers,” al-Fashir municipal commissioner Eltijani Abdullah Salah told SUNA. Salah said nine people drowned in the floods, including two from a camp for internally displaced people. UN aid agencies had warned of flooding in Sudan between this month and November. Darfur has seen violence since 2003, when ethnic minority rebels rose up against President Omar al-Bashir, accusing his Arab-dominated government of marginalizing the region, after which al-Bashir mounted a brutal counterinsurgency campaign.

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