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SEOUL: South Korea's navy again fired warning shots yesterday at a North Korean fishing boat that crossed over into South Korean waters. 

The office of the Army Chiefs of Staff here said the navy fired machine gun shots at the boat to stop it from going further into its territory. 

The fishing boat encroached nearly 190m south of the Northern Limit Line (NLL), the de-facto inter-Korean maritime border, off Yeonpyeong Island on the west coast. 

The incident came two days after South Korea fired warning shots at up to eight North Korean fishing boats that passed into South Korean waters in the same area. 

In Pyongyang, North Korea accused the South of orchestrating “a deliberated escalation” over the fishing boat incidents by deploying warships to the region. – dpa 

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    JAKARTA: An Indonesian newspaper editor went on trial yesterday for insulting President Megawati Sukarnoputri in front-page headlines, one of which compared her unfavourably to a cannibal. 

    Rakyat Merdeka newspaper executive editor Supraptman faced up to six years' jail if convicted. Arnold Angkouw, prosecuting at South Jakarta district court, cited four headlines in January and February that he termed insulting. 

    One headline, referring to her decision to raise fuel prices, said she reeked of diesel oil. 

    “Even though the defendant has never smelt the mouth of Megawati Sukarnoputri? and despite the fact that the mouth of the president does not smell of diesel oil, the defendant made a headline saying 'Mega's Mouth Reeks of Diesel Oil',” the prosecutor said. 

    Angkouw also pointed out that the president was not a cannibal. He took issue with a headline suggesting that Megawati was “crueler than a cannibal” because she decided to raise fuel prices and utility charges. – AFP 

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    JAKARTA: Authorities in an Indonesian province have deployed special teams to fight forest and ground fires following several days of smoke haze, an official said yesterday. 

    The 16 teams, totalling 240 people, would patrol Riau on Sumatra to find and douse blazes, said provincial conservation official Jon Kennedi. 

    After days of morning haze that limited visibility to just hundreds of metres, the sky over Riau capital Pekanbaru was clearer yesterday. 

    Several other regions in Sumatra like Medan and Jambi had also begun to report haze, especially in the evening and early morning. – AFP 

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