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BEIJING: Relatives of a taxi driver who won five million yuan (RM2.3mil) in a lottery beat up his pregnant wife, accusing the couple of not sharing the money fairly, state media said yesterday. 

The driver, identified as Wang, and his wife gave 100,000 yuan (RM45,893) to each of their siblings and other close family members, a total of 1.4mil yuan (RM640,000). 

But the relatives demanded more money, mobile phones, motorcycles and even cars, the Beijing Youth Daily said.  

Eventually, the disgruntled relatives and a group of about 20 others armed with wooden sticks barged into Wang's home and attacked his wife. Other family members were also hurt in the melee. – Reuters 

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    BEIJING: A court sentenced a private entrepreneur to death for raping eight virgins and bribing police to cover up his crime, the Beijing Youth Daily said yesterday. 

    Eight policemen are also standing trial on charges of taking the bribes, totalling nearly one million yuan (RM460,000).  

    The Intermediate People's Court in Anshan city convicted Lu Zongda, 43, in December for raping eight high school students aged between 12 and 15 in 2000, the newspaper said. 

    According to Chinese superstition, sex with virgins is good for the health of middle-aged and elderly men. – Reuters 

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    HONG KONG: Twelve former ACNielsen employees have been charged with falsifying interviews and questionnaires in a survey done for the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the anti-graft agency said yesterday. 

    They were arrested in July following a complaint alleging that a manager of ACNielsen (China) Ltd took bribes in exchange for allowing fake questionnaires, the Independent Commission Against Corruption said. 

    The researchers were assigned to interview tourists leaving Hong Kong from the Chek Lap Kok airport between February and July last year, it said. – AP 


    JAKARTA: A new outbreak of a mosquito-borne disease called Chikungunya has spread to the densely populated central Java region, officials said yesterday. 

    “The latest outbreak was actually first detected in Bogor in 2001 and has since spread to other provinces,” said Toni Wander of the health ministry. 

    The disease is non-lethal but can cause days of high fever and intense muscle and joint pain. – AFP  

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