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Farmer who killed ten is executed in China
BEIJING, China
A Chinese farmer who was sentenced to death for killing 10 people at a Taoist temple was executed yesterday, state media reported.
Qiu Xinhua, 47, was charged with killing the abbot of the Tiewadian temple in the northern city of Ankang, along with five staff members and four pilgrims on July 14. He reportedly believed the abbot had flirted with his wife.
Qiu appealed on the grounds that he was mentally ill which, law, relieves him of liability for any crime he commits, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
Qiu's appeal said the abbot's flirtation "was an attack on his dignity which he could not accept," Xinhua said.
But the Shaanxi provincial high court ruled that the attacks were carefully planned and that "he did not suffer from mental illness because his escape from police pursuit demonstrated his ability to carry out rational and independent action," Xinhua said.
Nepal curfew lifted
KATMANDU, Nepal
Authorities yesterday lifted a curfew imposed in a western Nepalese border town that was wracked by violent clashes between residents and rural migrants earlier this week, an official said.
The curfew was imposed Tuesday in Nepalgunj after street battles left one person dead and at least 25 injured. Several buildings were burned to the ground.
The situation has improved in Nepalgunj and there were no signs of trouble, local administrator Krishna Acharya told the Associated Press yesterday by telephone from the town, which lies 500 kilometers west of the capital Katmandu.
British soldier killed
KABUL, Afghanistan
A bomb explosion caused a NATO vehicle to crash, killing one British soldier and wounding three in southern Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.
The bomb hit a reconnaissance patrol in Helmand province on Wednesday, a statement from the International Security Assistance Force said. One of the soldiers died, one was seriously wounded and two suffered minor injuries.
Britain's Ministry of Defense said the soldiers were British.
Lieutenant Colonel Andy Price told Britain's Sky News that the explosion could have been caused by an old mine from past wars. He said it was unlikely the British soldiers were targeted because the explosion went off "in the middle of the desert."
Anger at Playboy trial
JAKARTA, Indonesia
The trial of Playboy Indonesia's editor-in-chief was closed to the public yesterday, angering dozens of Islamic hard-liners who threatened to break down the courtroom doors if they are not granted access to the proceedings.
Erwin Arnada went on trial three weeks ago on indecency charges and could face 32 months in prison if convicted.
Under Indonesian law, indecency trials are closed when witness testimony is being heard to avoid obscene material or discussions being made public. Earlier hearings in Arnada's trial were open.
When the toned-down version of Playboy Indonesia launched in April - containing no nudity - Islamic fundamentalists loudly protested what they called the arrival of the global icon of pornography.
Yesterday, around 30 protesters chanted "God is great!" outside the courthouse and tried to force their way into the courtroom before court officials intervened.


Updated : 2021-04-17 11:37 GMT+08:00