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Bali court upholds death sentence for British grandmother DENPASAR: An Indonesian court on Monday upheld the death sentence handed down to a 56-year-old British grandmother found guilty of trafficking cocaine into the resort island of Bali.A spokesman said the Bali High Court, sitting in the island's capital Denpasar, had confirmed the death sentence given to Lindsay Sandiford in January, which had been a shock verdict after prosecutors recommended 15 years imprisonment.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...

North Korea preparing for fourth nuclear test: South SEOUL: North Korea appears to be preparing a fourth nuclear test as well as a provocative missile launch, South Korea said Monday, despite an unusually blunt call from China for restraint.Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-Jae told lawmakers there were "signs" that another test was in the pipeline, with intelligence reports showing heightened activity at the North's Punggye-ri atomic test site."We are trying to figure out whether it is a genuine preparation for a nuclear test or ...
Five dead, 53 hurt in Thai bus cliff plunge BANGKOK: Five people died, including a seven-month-old baby and a Belgian woman, and 53 were injured when a Thai tour bus plummeted off a hillside in northern Thailand after its brakes failed, police said Monday.Passengers said the coach had swerved several times on winding mountain roads, before it ploughed through a fence and down a steep ravine, according to local police in Phitsanulok province 380 kilometres (235 miles) from Bangkok."Five people were killed -- two ...
North Korea maintains access ban to industrial zone SEOUL: North Korea refused on Saturday to lift a ban on South Koreans accessing their companies in a joint industrial zone on the North side of the border.Entry to the Seoul-funded Kaesong complex has been barred since Wednesday, as inter-Korean tensions have risen to their highest level for years.A few trucks with supplies and raw materials had optimistically turned up early at the border crossing to Kaesong, but turned back after being told the North ...
Shanghai stops poultry trade on bird flu fears SHANGHAI: Shanghai's live poultry markets were shut on Saturday after authorities banned trading in birds to prevent the spread of H7N9 bird flu, which has killed six people in China.The commercial hub has had six of the country's 16 confirmed cases of the H7N9 strain, found in humans for the first time, with four deaths. The other two fatalities have been in the neighbouring province of Zhejiang.Shanghai had culled more than 20,500 birds at an ...
Radioactive water may have leaked from Fukushima: TEPCO TOKYO: Radioactive water may have leaked into the ground from a tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the operator said Saturday, the latest in a series of troubles at the crippled facility.Up to 120 tonnes of contaminated water may have escaped from one of the seven underground reservoir tanks at the tsunami-damaged plant, according to a Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) spokesman.The tank stores water used to cool down the reactors after radioactive ...
Hong Kong, China smash people-smuggling ring HONG KONG: Hong Kong officials said on Friday they had smashed a syndicate that used fake documents to smuggle mainland Chinese into Argentina, Brazil, Spain and Australia. The immigration department said 28 arrests were made in a joint operation with mainland Chinese authorities that ended on Friday, adding the ring had smuggled some 50 people since 2011. "During this eight day operation, we have succeeded in neutralising an international human smuggling syndicate," the immigration department's ...

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