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Cargo ship sinks off coast of China
Beijing, China
Chinese rescuers were using boats and helicopters to search for 17 sailors missing at sea after a North Korean cargo ship sank off China's northern coast yesterday, state media said.
The official Xinhua News Agency said eight of the 25-member crew had been rescued after the ship sank near the port city of Dalian yesterday afternoon.
The brief report said the boat sank near Laotieshan, a neighborhood in Dalian's Lushun district. It did not say what caused the boat to sink or give any other details.
An official with the Liaoning Maritime Authority who refused to give his name said earlier that 12 sailors were missing and that the boat had a 20-person crew.
Vow of no paid sex
SEOUL, South Korea
South Korea has launched a campaign offering cash to men if they promise not to buy sex from prostitutes after year-end office parties, government officials said yesterday.
The move is aimed at changing the party culture in this male-dominated society by winning commitments from male employees to abstain from hiring prostitutes after their parties finish, an official at the Gender Equality and Family Ministry said, asking not to be identified because of policy.
A total 4.6 million won (US$5,000) will be paid to companies based on the largest number of volunteers who sign a written pledge, said the official. Some 1,300 companies have so far participated in the campaign that ended yesterday.
Christmas gunman
BANGKOK, Thailand
An armed thief opened fire at a Christmas party in Thailand, killing a Canadian businessman and wounding three others, police said yesterday.
Mark Jay Keffer, 42, was celebrating Christmas with his wife and six others Monday night at a relatives' condominium in the capital Bangkok when a man entered from a balcony, Police Lieutenant Colonel Sarawuth Dejsri said.
Keffer's wife hit the robber over the head with her handbag as he was collecting 15,000 baht (US$400) and a digital camera from the party guests.
The thief became angry and started firing his pistol, killing Keffer and wounding his wife and a couple from Brunei, Sarawuth said. The wife's injuries were not life threatening.
Authorities said Keffer worked in Brunei. Police were searching for the gunman.
Injured by a dolphin
WELLINGTON, New Zealand
A woman was seriously injured when a dolphin leapt from the water and hit her as she rode in a small boat in New Zealand yesterday, a news report said.
The unidentified 27-year-old woman was sitting in the bow of a small pleasure craft when the dolphin sprang from the water near Slipper Island in the Bay of Plenty on North Island's east coast, the New Zealand Press Association said.
The dolphin swam off unharmed after it apparently leapt from quite a distance away from the boat and didn't see it, he said.
The woman was in Auckland Hospital's intensive care unit in serious condition. No further information was available on her injuries from the hospital.


Updated : 2021-02-25 19:02 GMT+08:00