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6,000 made homeless as floods hit South Asia

Floods killed eight people in Bangladesh, where an overflowing river swamped dozens of villages and left about 6,000 people homeless, while a family drowned in India as monsoon rains swept across South Asia, officials and news reports said yesterday.

Taiwan cops release report on shooting

Taiwanese police yesterday released a report on the mysterious election-eve shooting that slightly injured President Chen Shui-bian, but it failed to quash popular conspiracy theories that the incident was staged to sway the vote.

Israeli troops kill four-year-old girl in latest Rafah bloodshed

Israeli soldiers shot dead a four-year-old Palestinian girl on Saturday in the latest bloodshed in the Rafah refugee camp, Palestinian medics and witnesses said.

Businessman gunned down by two at point-blank range

A prominent businessman died after being shot at point-blank range in front of his house in Taman Punca Emas early on Wednesday.

Protesters refuse to leave

About 1,000 Taiwan protesters contesting President Chen Shui-bian's election victory after a mysterious assassination bid and the discovery of many spoiled ballots vowed yesterday to stay at his palace until a recount.

Razor-thin win for Chen

B>TAIPEI:/BPresident Chen Shui-bian narrowly won re-election yesterday, a day after being shot in an assassination attempt, but a referendum he had championed on beefing up defences against China failed because not enough voters took part.

Baby snatched from woman

An Indonesian woman's joy of giving birth to her second child was short-lived as her two-week-old baby girl was snatched from her arms at her house in Kampung Semangat here during a robbery.

Trader shot dead at food court

Meeting up with a friend for a meal turned fatal for a businessman who was shot dead at a food court in Taman Batu Pahat here.

Gunfire and blasts a way of life

Abu Nuwas Street along the Tigris River is famous for I>mazgouf,/Ian Iraqi specialty of freshly caught fish split and cooked for an hour over charcoal fire.

Filipino shot dead by pirates

A 27-year-old Filipino crewman died after he was shot in the chest by about 10 pirates armed with pump guns and sub-machine guns, about 90 nautical miles from here, on Monday.