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Asian news in brief

Asian news in brief: 'Refund for wrong songs', 'Ads for hubby's lover,' '20 killed as train derails.' 'Jailed for burning picture', and 'Philippines' undersea quake'.

Degrees for tinkers

All play and no 'work' can make Jack a bright boy, as colleges offer degrees in video-gaming, reports MATT SLAGLE.

Quake shakes Taiwan

B>TAIPEI/B>: An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale rattled Taiwan yesterday #8211; the second strong tremor to hit the island in two days #8211; but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, officials said.

Govt maintains GDP forecast

Playing pachinko costs Japanese official his job

B>TOKYO:/BA senior Japanese local government official resigned yesterday after admitting to playing pinball instead of helping to deal with a powerful earthquake in the area, Kyodo news agency said.

Japan spared earthquake devastation

B>SENDAI (Japan):/BThe two earthquakes struck within days of each other, unleashing roughly the same devastating power. The killer quake in Algeria left thousands dead. Its counterpart in Japan left hardly a scratch.

Strong earthquake shakes north-eastern Japan

B>TOKYO:/BA powerful earthquake rocked north-eastern Japan yesterday, knocking out power, causing a landslide and disrupting road and rail traffic. Buildings swayed in Tokyo, hundreds of kilometers away.

Two strong earthquakes rock parts of Indonesia

Two strong undersea earthquakes rocked parts of eastern and western Indonesia Monday but there were no reports of casualties, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said.

Asean adopts joint stand on killer disease

The week of April 27 to May 3 in review. Compiled by Shantini Suntharajah.

Quake flattens boarding school

RESCUE workers launching a frantic search for students buried under what remains of a school building in Bingol, Turkey.