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Chinese factory worker sentenced to life for poisoning dumplings BEIJING: A Chinese court sentenced a man to life in prison on Monday for poisoning frozen dumplings more than six years ago at the plant where he worked, making ill four Chinese and nine Japanese consumers and further straining ties between the two countries.The court in the northern city of Shijiazhuang found Lu Yueting, 39, guilty of adding dangerous substances to food, the official Xinhua news agency reported.Lu, who worked at the Tianyang Food Plant, hoped he could "attract the attention of his managers in order to boost his salary" by injecting insecticide into the frozen dumplings with syringes, Xinhua reported, based on court proceedings. He sneaked into the factory's refrigerated storehouse three times between October and December 2007 to carry out the deed.After reports of the poisoning surfaced, Chinese security and quality wathdogs initially blamed Japanese "sabotage" for contaminating the dumplings.The sentence coincides with worsening ties between Asia's two ...

Strong 6.3-earthquake jolts New Zealand: USGS WELLINGTON: A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand Monday, halting train services and knocking merchandise off shelves, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.The quake, which struck at 3:52pm (0252 GMT), was centred in the North Island about 115 kilometres (71 miles) northeast of the capital city Wellington, the US Geological Survey said.The tremor hit at a depth of 27 kilometres and was widely felt throughout the North and South islands. ...
Anwar 'shocked' after Japan bars entry KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Monday he was "puzzled and shocked" over being barred entry to Japan, as his party questioned whether Malaysia's ruling coalition was behind the move. Anwar said he arrived at Narita International Airport on a personal visit early Sunday and was told by immigration authorities he was barred because of his 1999 conviction for sodomy and corruption.The controversial conviction, which cast the then-rising political star out of ...
Tokyo dismisses fresh setback in bid to relocate US air base TOKYO: Japan said Monday it was sticking with plans to relocate a controversial US military base in Okinawa, despite the election of a local politician strongly opposed to the move.Susumu Inamine was reelected mayor at this weekend's polls in Nago on the east coast of Okinawa, where the base is to be moved.His victory marked a fresh setback for long-stalled efforts by Tokyo and Washington to relocate the Marines' Futenma Air Station, more than 17 ...
Malaysia's Anwar furious after Japan bars entry KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Monday he was barred entry to Japan, strongly protesting the "unwarranted" action as his party questioned whether the Malaysian government was behind the move.Anwar said he arrived at Narita International Airport on a personal visit early Sunday and was told by immigration authorities he was barred because of his 1999 conviction for sodomy and corruption.The conviction, which cast the then-rising political star out of Malaysia's longtime ruling ...
IAEA team arrives in Tehran for nuclear visits BEIRUT: A team of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived in Tehran on Saturday, another step towards implementing a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers which was finalized last week, according to the semi-official Fars News agency.The team, led by nuclear engineer Massimo Aparo, will begin reporting to the IAEA on Monday, marking the official start of the deal, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.Under the terms of ...
China aims South China Sea grab with fishing law: Philippines MANILA: The Philippines Saturday said a Chinese rule requiring foreign fishing vessels to secure permission to enter much of the South China Sea was part of a long-term scheme to claim the entire body of water.China's southern island province of Hainan passed the rule in November and it took effect this year as tensions escalate over overlapping claims to the waters between China, the Philippines, Vietnam and other nations."The Hainan fisheries law is only one ...

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