Pope appears in public
[BB] VATICAN CITY – Days after some cardinals gave dire descriptions of his health, the Pope led a long and lively ceremony yesterday to give the Church new saints, capping the appearance with a spin in a “popemobile” around St Peter’s Square to wave to tens of thousands of cheering well-wishers. He held up rather well throughout his two and a half hours in the public’s eye, although near the end of the canonisation mass he began heavily slurring his words.
New road opens up Korea
DORASAN, South Korea – Hundreds of South Koreans crossed into the Demilitarised Zone by bus yesterday, using a new road to cross the world’s last Cold War frontier for the first time in such large numbers.
The South Korean group – to be followed by trucks carrying 100 cows as a gift to the impoverished North – began to cross into the DMZ from the southern side near Dorasan railway station on the west coast of a peninsula divided since the 1950-53 Korean War.
Tongans in protest march
NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga – Thousands of people brought Tonga to a standstill yesterday with a march on the Pacific nation’s Legislative Assembly in protest against constitutional changes that would give more powers to the King.
More than 6000 marchers took a petition asking the assembly to reject changes to the constitution, which they said would limit the freedom of the media and give even greater power to King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV.
KUALA LUMPUR – Up to eight Malaysians were kidnapped from a tourist resort in Malaysian Borneo, security officials said yesterday.
The group was taken late yesterday from a resort near the town of Lahad Datu, 300km south-east of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah state, said a state security official on condition of anonymity.
No foreigners were believed to have been taken and there were no immediate details about the reason for the kidnapping.
Landslide buries children
JAKARTA – A landslide has buried five elementary school children in Jambi on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, police said yesterday.
The five children were on their way home from school on Saturday when part of a hill being dug up for a landfilling project of a pulp company in the Tanjung Jabung Barat district slid and buried them, police said.
The bodies were retrieved hours later, said Sergeant Hakim, adding that an investigation was on course to determine whether negligence was to blame.
Drinking water poisoned
BEIJING – A man has admitted throwing pesticide into a reservoir in central China in order to boost sales of the water purifiers he sold, state press reported yesterday.
Sixty-four people were poisoned in the October 1 incident which affected the water supply to more than 9000 homes.
Police were quoted to have said that Cao Qian, 27, had admitted poisoning the water in Ruyang county in central China’s Henan province to save his struggling business.
NZ storms claim lives
WELLINGTON – A boat with special sonar equipment was called in yesterday as a search continued for a cargo plane believed to have crashed into the sea near New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, during a storm.
The two-man crew were believed to have drowned as vicious unseasonal storms swept the country over the weekend, killing a teenager whose car was swept away in a flooded river and a 90-year-old man whose fishing boat was overturned by a freak wave.
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