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Sri Lanka Navy sinks six rebel vessels
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's Navy battled a flotilla of Tamil Tiger boats off the island's northwest tip yesterday, sinking 6 rebel vessels including two suicide boats, the military said.
"They were involved in arms smuggling," said military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara.
"Altogether 16 Tiger boats were observed. The navy destroyed four boats, and two suicide boats rammed a navy fast attack craft, which was badly damaged."
It was not immediately clear how many people were killed in the clash, the latest in a series of land and sea battles. There were no independent accounts of what had happened and the Tigers were not immediately available for comment.
The rest of the rebel boats sped back to Tiger-controlled territory, Nanayakkara said.
Bhutto's promise
WAH, Pakistan
Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto vowed to fight for workers' rights yesterday as she took her campaign for January general elections to an industrial belt near the capital.
Many Pakistanis say they are disillusioned with all three leaders and their main concerns are high prices and unemployment.
Tapping into those worries, Bhutto told a crowd of about 600 people in the town of Wah, she would help the poor. "We assure you we will not leave laborers alone and we'll not ignore them," she said, promising to reinstate sacked workers and beef up labor laws.
Tanker seized
SEOUL, South Korea
A South Korean government-affiliated pollution agency seized a Hong Kong-registered tanker involved in the country's worst oil spill in order to force its owners to pay for the clean-up, an official said yesterday.
The oil spill occurred when a sea-bound crane mounted on a Samsung Heavy Industries Co. barge punched holes in the tanker on December 7, causing a leak of more than 10,500 tons of crude oil.
"We impounded the ship in order to receive compensation for the expenses of controlling the oil spill," said an official at the government-linked Korea Marine Pollution Response Corp.
Cheerleader dead
TOKYO, Japan
A male cheerleader at a Japanese university killed himself after being bullied by other cheerleaders, media reports said yesterday.
An investigation by authorities at Tokyo's Meiji University found violence was rife in the group, the reports said. Younger members were hit in the face, chased with fireworks and forced to eat grass, the Asahi newspaper said.
The dead student, whose name has not been released, was forced to strip naked and videotaped by senior students, the Sankei newspaper reported.
Wreckage located
SEOUL, South Korea
Rescuers have located underwater wreckage believed to be from a cargo ship that went missing with 14 sailors, but they could not raise it because it lay in deep water, officials said yesterday.
The ship, carrying 2,000 tons of nitric acid, was feared sunk after it sent out a distress signal early Tuesday off Yeosu. One sailor was rescued but the remaining 14 crew members were missing. The water there is more than 60 meters deep, making it difficult for rescuers to dive or salvage the object to determine whether it is the ship, said Coast Guard spokesman.


Updated : 2021-06-19 09:30 GMT+08:00