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MANILA: A suspected prostitute went wild here after a taxi driver rejected her offer of sex and instead brought her to authorities, a police report said yesterday. 

Josephine Acosta stripped naked and ran across a busy highway in the Manila suburban city of Quezon when she was brought to a police station late Wednesday. 

Taxi driver Leonardo Lazaro told investigators that Acosta offered him sex in exchange for a ride to a nearby destination where she was to buy illegal drugs. – dpa 

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    JAKARTA: Eighteen bodies believed to be victims from a ferry sinking off North Sumatra in Indonesia have been found, the Antara news agency reported yesterday. 

    The bodies were found by fishermen in waters off Riau province in Sumatra island over the past three days, Antara said. 

    A police officer said the bodies were believed to be victims from the Mutiara Indah ferry which caught fire and sank off North Sumatra province on Feb 23. – AFP 

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    PHNOM PENH: King Norodom Sihanouk said yesterday he was ready to abdicate if a majority of members of parliament voted in favour of it. 

    “I am ready to abdicate (without delay) if I receive authorisation to do so by half plus one of the National Assembly members,” he said in a statement. 

    Sihanouk, 80, specified that the vote could come either from the current National Assembly or the one to be elected in national elections scheduled for July 27. – AFP 


    HONG KONG: A grieving mother stood at the spot where her daughter was killed every day for three months until she found a witness to identify the hit-and-run driver responsible, a news report said yesterday. 

    Li Xiulan's youngest daughter died in hospital after being knocked down by the hit-and-run driver in Heilongjiang, China, the Hong Kong edition of the China Daily reported. – dpa 


    BEIJING: A South China tigress, which tops the list of the world's 10 most endangered species, has given birth to two cubs in Fujian province, state press reported yesterday. 

    The cubs, born last Sunday, were doing well, the Xinhua news agency said. – AFP  

  • Another perspective from The China Daily, a partner of Asia News Network. 

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