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South Korea arrests 2 over worst oil spill
SEOUL, South Korea
South Korea's Coast Guard said yesterday it arrested the captains of a barge and a tugboat which caused the nation's worst oil spill earlier this month.
The accident happened on December 7 when a tugboat snapped its towing cable and a barge carrying a crane began drifting in rough seas and strong winds off the west coast.
The barge smashed into the anchored 147,000-ton Hong Kong-registered supertanker Hebei Spirit, holing it in three places and causing some 10,900 tons of crude oil to spill onto beaches and scores of marine farms.
The captains were arrested on suspicion of negligence and violation of pollution laws.
No shelter for winter
DHAKA, Bangladesh
More than 1 million people who survived Tropical Cyclone Sidr need basic shelter five weeks after the storm slammed into Bangladesh and killed more than 3,300 people, the Red Cross said.
The November 15 cyclone destroyed or damaged more than 1.5 million houses, and there has been a serious shortfall of funds to address these needs, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said in a statement received Sunday.
"Hundreds of thousands of families still face the approaching winter with little more for shelter than reclaimed and often damaged building materials, " said Graham Saunders, head of the federation's shelter department in Geneva.
Gunned down
DAVAO, Philippines
Unidentified gunmen fatally shot a hard-hitting radio commentator in the southern Philippines yesterday, police and the victim's colleagues said, in the fifth deadly attack on Philippine journalists this year.
At least two men wearing helmets and riding a motorcycle shot Ferdinand Lintuan of DXGO Radio at close range as his car slowed at an intersection in southern Davao city, said police Senior Inspector Ranulfo Cabanog.
Cabanog said investigators have not determined the motive for the attack
Home for the holidays
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka
The abduction of a newborn boy from a Sri Lankan hospital ended happily on Christmas Eve with police finding the baby after a search that kept the nation on tenterhooks.
"We are Buddhists but prayers from everyone helped. Yes, this is our Christmas baby," the child's father Wasantha Fernando told reporters after he and his wife were reunited with the baby at a police station here.
A round-the-clock search by police led them to a woman who allegedly grabbed the boy, named Gavishra, hours after he was born last week while his mother was in the restroom of a Colombo hospital.
Temple watch
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
The Malaysian government yesterday said it would move to protect Hindu temples after the destruction of many caused a public outcry in this Muslim-dominated nation.
"I will scrutinize all matters concerning temples with a view to ensure that no temples are demolished in the future," said works minister S. Samy Vellu.
He said Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi ordered the Malaysian Indian Congress to forward him a list of temples that may have to be demolished.


Updated : 2021-04-14 19:43 GMT+08:00