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Toll mounts as troops face mobile guerillas

B>BANDA ACEH:/BIndonesia's military reported increased rebel casualties Wednesday in Aceh province but admitted that troops were facing difficulties confronting highly-mobile guerillas who melt into the population.

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Teacher gets death for raping pupils

B>BEIJING/B>: A teacher in northern China's Shenyang city has been sentenced to death for sexually harassing and raping six pupils, state media said Saturday.

Nation

10% interest on levy arrears after November

Employers who fail to pay their backdated Human Resources Development levy by November will be imposed a 10% annual interest on the arrears.

Business

European offshore private banks facing extinction

The cosy, privileged world of European offshore private banking, a traditional escape from the taxman, is facing extinction amid mounting regulatory pressures with the ultra-secretive Swiss banks most in the firing line, a major industry survey said.

Nation

Sign up, Fong tells firms

Legal action will be taken against errant employers who fail to register their companies with Human Resources Development Berhad (HRDB) by Nov 6.

Lifestyle

Dare to be right

She grew up partly in Canada#8217;s woods, and decided to become a writer while at high school. After international success she became a human rights activist but continued to write, winning the Booker prize. In her new novel she uses a male narrator to describe a genetically engineered future. ROBERT POTTS reports.

Lifestyle

Giving scant refuge

Despite generously shelling out billions of dollars in aid to poor countries, Japan is not as charitable when it comes to accepting asylum seekers, writes HANS GREIMEL.

Letters

Pressure rises in the south

TENSIONS are simmering yet again in Thailand's predominantly Muslim southern provinces. The lynching of two policemen and the staging of 'Al-Maunah style' arms heists at two military outposts last week manifest deep-rooted militancy and lawlessness in the region.

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Thai drug war set to end amid scepticism

B>BANGKOK:/BThailand's brutal three-month war on drugs ends today, with a likely death toll of at least 2,200, but doubts remain over its long-term effectiveness in curbing the kingdom's huge use of methamphetamines.