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Korean couple killed in north Philippines
MANILA, Philippines
Masked men shot dead a Korean couple in their northern Philippine home as their two terrified children hid and watched, police said yesterday.
Oh Young Kwan, 38, and his wife Lee Hyen Koung, 36, were killed in Go-Hyang Ville, a Korean enclave in Pampanga province's Porac town on Tuesday, Christmas Day, but the incident was not reported to the police until the next morning, said Porac Police Chief Rolly Mendoza.
Mendoza said investigators were still digging for clues but robbery seems unlikely to be the motive of the three attackers, including two men wearing ski masks and camouflage pants and another wearing a baseball cap.
Money and other valuables were left untouched, but some items in the Korean family's home were in disarray, indicating the assailants were searching for something, he added. There was no sign of forcible entry.
He quoted the couple's 10-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son as saying they saw from their rooms the men hitting their father in the living room. Frightened, they hid, then heard shots.
Sri Lankan fighting
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan air force jets destroyed a Tamil Tiger naval base in the country's north yesterday, a day after a fierce sea battle and a wave of infantry attacks killed at least 66 rebels and 14 government troops, the military said.
There were no immediate details on casualties from the airstrike, which came amid weeks of heavy fighting between the military and ethnic Tamil separatists in the dense jungles of northern Sri Lanka.
Sex dolls seized
MANILA, Philippines
Customs officials in the Philippines have seized inflatable sex dolls meant to be used for an international campaign against animal cruelty, an animal rights group said yesterday.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said it had planned to use the sex toys as props in its Asian campaign against alleged abuses of chickens by a major U.S. fast food chain.
The dolls were to have gone on a tour of red light districts in the Philippines, Thailand and Japan where they would be displayed with a banner reading "KFC Blows," PETA said.
Crushed to death
SYDNEY, Australia
An elephant toppled out of a truck and killed a circus worker in Australia yesterday, police said.
"The man was killed, crushed to death, while the elephant was being offloaded from a truck," a spokeswoman for the New South Wales police department said.
Police said they had no other details of the incident, which occurred on the grounds of a circus in the seaside community of Yamba, about 700 kilometers north of Sydney.
Bird flu kills child
HANOI, Vietnam
Vietnam's Health Ministry has confirmed that bird flu virus killed a four-year-old child in the country's north, the first human case in nearly five months, state-run radio said yesterday.
The H5N1 virus was found in samples taken from the child who died in a Hanoi hospital from high fever and serious pneumonia, the Voice of Vietnam radio quoted a ministry statement as saying.


Updated : 2021-05-06 20:43 GMT+08:00