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INDONESIA

Re-vaccinations begin

The government yesterday began re-vaccinating nearly 200 children who received fake versions of imported inoculations from a drug-counterfeiting ring broken up last month after operating for more than a decade. President Joko Widodo urged calm as public uproar intensified over revelations that health officials knew about the syndicate producing the fake vaccines for several years, but did little to stop it. “I want to ask people to stay calm because this incident happened over such a long time,” Widodo told reporters at a Jakarta clinic offering re-vaccinations. “We need more time to investigate so we can get the real data of people who suffered from these fake vaccines.” The ring used stolen vials and forged labels to make the fake medicine look like imported vaccines produced by GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi. Many more children are expected to need re-vacinnations.

IRAQ

Al-Sadr targets US troops

Powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr says the additional 560 US troops to be sent to the country to upgrade an air base recently retaken from the Islamic State group would be a “target” for his supporters. His threat came in response to a question from a supporter about the deployment, announced last week by US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. Al-Sadr wrote on his official Web site late on Sunday that “they are a target for us,” without elaborating.

SOUTH KOREA

Senior prosecutor arrested

A senior prosecutor has been arrested for allegedly pocketing millions of dollars following shady stock transaction deals with a leading online game maker, officials said yesterday. Jin Kyung-joon, a vice ministerial-level official, was arrested and put to a detention facility on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Justice. Jin faces allegations that he borrowed 400 million won (US$352,000) from Kim Jung-ju, the founder of Nexon (Korea), to buy unlisted company shares in 2005 before selling them back to the company for 1 billion won the following year. He then allegedly bought shares of Nexon Japan, worth 1 billion won, before selling them for 12.6 billion won last year.

CHINA

Tax evader extradited

Beijing has extradited its first criminal suspect from Latin America following eight years of negotiations, repatriating an alleged crude soybean oil smuggler from Peru who has been on the run for 18 years, the General Administration of Customs said on Sunday on its Web site. The agency said Huang Haiyong evaded more than 700 million yuan (US$104.69 million) in taxes between 1996 to 1998 by selling 107,000 tonnes of smuggled soybean oil. Huang and his two associates fled to the US in 1998. He was caught in Peru in 2008.

AUSTRALIA

Rudd wants top UN job

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has officially requested the support of the government to back a bid for the top job at the UN, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said yesterday. Rudd has been rumored to be garnering support to replace UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when he steps down at the end of the year. Bishop said the question of backing Rudd would be put to the Cabinet.

KAZAKHSTAN

Four killed in attacks

Suspected Islamist militants yesterday killed three police officers and a civilian in armed attacks on a police station and a security service office in Almaty, the Ministry of the Interior said.

CZECH REPUBLIC

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