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  • Monday, 23 Aug 2004

Murdered to repay debt 

BANGKOK: A Thai man has confessed to drugging and then burning his girlfriend in order to sell her belongings to pay back a gambling debt, media reports said yesterday. 

Chaicharoen Tang, 33, admitted to police that he had given his girlfriend Nonnapa Insee, 31, a drug cocktail on Aug 18, and stolen her watch, mobile phone, computer and motorcycle to pay back a 100,000 baht (RM9,500) gambling debt. – dpa 

Maoists strike again 

KATHMANDU: More than 1,000 Maoist rebels stormed a district headquarters in Nepal's north-western mountains, bombing government buildings and killing at least one soldier, as they kept up a blockade of the capital, police said yesterday. 

The rebels attacked Khalanga, the headquarters of the Jumla district, on Saturday and fought security forces for six hours, said Keshav Prasad Baral, deputy inspector-general of police in the western city of Nepalgunj. – AFP 

110 held on anniversary 

WUNSIEDEL (Germany): Police in southern Germany detained 110 people on Saturday on the sidelines of a demonstration to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the death of Adolf Hitler's one-time deputy Rudolf Hess. 

The arrests were made in the town of Wunsiedel, where Hess is buried, near the border with the Czech Republic, which has become the destination of pilgrimages by neo-Nazis and extreme right-wing groups. – AFP 

Illegals land in Italy ROME: More than 100 undocumented asylum seekers claiming to be Palestinians landed on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa overnight, port officials said on Saturday. 

The landing illustrated the growing immigration problem for the government as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi prepared to meet Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi on the issue on Wednesday. – AFP 

Reptile's sad ending 

LONDON: Love could not conquer all for a rare, 10-year-old Komodo Dragon who plunged to her death at London Zoo after she scaled a dividing wall to reach her mate. 

Two-metre-long Nina died from internal bleeding after she fell trying to reach Raja, who is still in good health and on display, a zoo spokesman said on Saturday. – Reuters 

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