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China bus accident leaves 17 people dead
BEIJING, China
Seventeen people were killed and at least seven others were injured when a bus hit several road workers and then plunged off a cliff in southwestern China, state media reported yesterday.
Xinhua News Agency said the accident in Yunnan province in southwestern China occurred when a bus carrying 21 people hit three road workers and then fell 90 meters down a cliff.
Fourteen of the passengers and one of the road workers were killed immediately, while two others died on the way to a hospital, it said.
Xinhua had no other details of the accident, which happened in a mountainous area 200 kilometers northwest of the provincial capital.
Japan-U.S. agreement
TOKYO, Japan
Japan plans to sign a military data protection pact with the United States that could lead to increases in information sharing amid efforts by Tokyo to step up its coordination with Washington on defense matters, a news report said yesterday.
Defense Agency chief Fumio Kyuma is expected to announce Japan's plan to conclude the General Security of Military Information Agreement at a meeting in Washington next month, the Asahi newspaper said in an unsourced story.
The meetings bring together the defense and foreign ministers of each country to discuss a range of issues. Japanese media have been reporting that a meeting has been arranged for January, but neither government has confirmed the reports.
The two sides have already reached broad agreement on the security pact in working-level talks, the Asahi said. Tokyo hopes to formally conclude the pact and have it ratified by parliament as early as the first half of 2007, it said.
Buffalo at wedding
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia
Six persons were injured when a rampaging bull buffalo gored guests at a wedding ceremony and passers-by, police said yesterday.
The buffalo charged from a nearby field into some 100 guests who were attending a wedding Thursday of the daughter of a Cambodian tycoon on the outskirts of the capital Phnom Penh, said Chey So Sila, a district police chief, declining to reveal the name of the tycoon.
After goring four guests he ran off to attack two passers-by, the officer said. All were hospitalized, some with serious injuries.
Thailand killings
BANGKOK, Thailand
Two teachers were shot and burned to death in Thailand's restive south yesterday by suspected Muslim insurgents, police said, while a government worker was shot and killed in another ambush.
School headmaster Chamnong Chupatpong and Mano Sonkaew were driving a pickup truck on their way to Ban Baedo school in Yala province when they were shot, dragged out of the vehicle and burned to death, according to a witness, Lieutenant Tatsapol Suwannabul said.
Their bodies were discovered on a roadside, the Yala-based police officer said, adding that details of the attack were now being investigated.
In the second incident, a government-hired village defense volunteer, Komhem Ya-kae, was ambushed and shot to death by at least three drive-by shooters while he was riding a motorcycle home in Narathiwat province, police said.


Updated : 2021-04-20 09:47 GMT+08:00