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FRANCE

Chinese riot over death

Paris police yesterday said they had arrested 35 people after a demonstration by the capital’s Asian community over the killing of a Chinese man by a police officer turned violent. Police said that about 150 “members of the Asian community” gathered late on Monday outside a police station in the northeast of the capital. Three officers were slightly injured in the clashes and one police vehicle was damaged. The demonstrators were protesting against police violence after an officer shot dead a Chinese man on Sunday night. Officers were called to the man’s house after reports of a domestic dispute. The man attacked the officer with a knife “as soon as the door opened,” injuring him, police said. A police colleague then opened fire, killing the man, authorities said. A lawyer for the relatives of the dead man said the family “totally disputes this version of events.” According to the family, there was no domestic dispute and a neighbor called the police after hearing shouting. “Police forced open the door of the apartment, pushing him back,” the lawyer said. The man did not rush toward the officers, who “shot without warning,” the lawyer said. China has called on Paris to “guarantee the safety and legal rights and interests of Chinese citizens in France and to treat the reaction of Chinese people to this incident in a rational way,” Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Hua Chunying (華春瑩) told a regular news briefing, adding that the government had filed an official complaint over the events. After learning of the incident, China immediately ordered its embassy in France to activate an emergency response mechanism.

MALAYSIA

Kim’s body in Malaysia

Minister of Health Subramaniam Sathasivam said the body of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is still in the country, dismissing reports that Kim Jong-nam’s remains were about to be flown out of the country as part of diplomatic negotiations. Conflicting reports in local media on Monday said either that Kim Jong-nam’s body was to be cremated and flown to Pyongyang, or that the body was about to be sent to Macau where his family is believed to be. Sathasivam said yesterday that the body was still in a Kuala Lumpur morgue pending negotiations with North Korea.

PAKISTAN

Train-truck crash kills two

A passenger train collided with an oil tanker truck in eastern Punjab before dawn yesterday, killing the driver and his assistant and injuring 10 others, officials said. The crash took place near the eastern city of Shaikhupura, engulfing several of the train’s cars in fire, according to Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique. A senior government official, Arqam Tariq, said the Karachi-bound train left Lahore late on Monday and collided with the truck, which was stuck on the tracks. Local television showed that at least five cars and the wrecked engine caught fire.

AUSTRALIA

Extradition treaty shelved

The government has shelved a planned extradition treaty with China rather than allow the Senate to reject it over human rights concerns. Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop said senior ministers yesterday decided not to proceed with the treaty after the Labor Party declared it would block it in the Senate. Bishop said she would renew negotiations with China and Labor to find a compromise that the Senate will accept.

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