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Two North Koreans repatriated home
SEOUL, South korea
Two North Korean soldiers rescued at sea by South Korea's navy earlier this month were repatriated to their communist homeland yesterday, the U.S.-led United Nations Command said.
The two teenage soldiers - identified only as Private Kim and Recruit Lee - were found on December 9 on a small wooden boat off South Korea's east coast near the maritime border with the North. They were later treated for exposure and hypothermia in a military hospital.
The North Koreans were handed over at the border village of Panmunjom at 3 p.m., with Lee carried on a stretcher because of the severity of his injuries, said the command.
Whaling vessels
HOBART, Australia
A fast ship that can keep up with Japanese whaling vessels will be deployed next month in an attempt to thwart an annual hunt in the Antarctic, a militant conservation group said yesterday.
Paul Watson, captain of the Sea Shepherd group's flagship Farley Mowat, said the new boat will soon join his vessel in Antarctic waters for a monthlong campaign to obstruct the Japanese whalers.
Watson, who declined to name or describe the new ship, said it would overcome the whalers' ability to outrun the protesters. "We now have a vessel that can match their speed, so that's what will be different this year."
Border land mines
KABUL, Afghanistan
United Nations' officials yesterday criticized Pakistan's plan to mine parts of its border with Afghanistan, saying it would add to civilian casualties in a region already littered with ordnance.
Pakistan on Tuesday said it would plant land mines and build a fence on parts of its 2,430-kilometer frontier with Afghanistan to fend off criticism it does too little to stop Taliban and al-Qaida guerrillas from crossing the border.
Airport problems
BANGKOK, Thailand
Problems at the Thai capital's recently opened international airport will require about 1.5 billion baht (US$41.7 million) to fix, a top official said late Tuesday.
Suvarnabhumi Airport began operating with great fanfare on Sept. 28, taking over both domestic and international flights from Bangkok's old airport at Don Muang.
However, several flaws immediately became apparent, including misplaced baggage, a shortage of toilets and seats at waiting areas as well as noise pollution.
"We have identified altogether 61 problems and the timeframe has been set for each," said Yodyiam Teptaranon, a member of the board of directors of the Airports of Thailand.
Tamil rebel killed
COLOMBO, Sri lanka
Sri Lankan police killed a suspected Tamil rebel caught planting a roadside bomb in eastern Sri Lanka yesterday, while insurgents successfully targeted a police patrol in a blast in the north, leaving one officer dead, the military said.
The bombing took place in the garrison town of Vavuniya, the northernmost government-held area before entering Tamil Tiger rebel territory.
"The terrorists targeted the patrol as it was passing through a children's park," the acting military spokesman, Maj. Upali Rajapakse, said.


Updated : 2021-05-13 11:52 GMT+08:00