Landslide kills six in China

By Xinhua

Hefei : Six villagers were killed in a landslide in east China's Anhui province, according to officials.

The villagers were collecting iron ore in a mountainous area at 10.10 a.m. local time Wednesday when rocks and dirt suddenly rushed down and engulfed them.

Rescuers managed to pull them out of the debris, but later they died in hospital.

Work safety watchdog asked the related departments to investigate potential risks and stop people from illegally collecting ores.


Prince William to serve in navy, air force


London : Britain's Prince William is to serve on secondment in the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force next year as part of his continuing career in the armed forces, the royal household said Wednesday.

The 25-year-old, who will complete his time with the Household Cavalry Regiment at the end of this year, will start his secondments of four months each in January 2008.

As a Second Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry regiment, William currently commands a troop consisting of 12 men.


Fresh Nepal poll date not in a hurry: Koirala

By Sudeshna Sarkar, IANS

Kathmandu : Nepal's embattled Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has ruled out announcing fresh dates for the twice-delayed constituent assembly election "in a hurry", even as pressure mounted on him from both opposition parties and the international community for an early election.


Three killed in Myanmar mine blasts

By Xinhua

Yangon : Three people have been killed and four injured in separate mine blasts in two states of Myanmar, the official newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday.

The villagers died when they stepped on the mines allegedly planted by insurgents in Ye township in southeastern Mon state and Kyaukkyi township in northeastern Kayin state Monday, the report said.

This year, the state-run media has been reporting of some shooting incidents by insurgents in the military ruled country, which was rocked by Monks-led pro-democracy protests recently.


Argentine priest gets life term for 'dirty war' crimes


Buenos Aires : An Argentine priest has been sentenced to life in prison for complicity in killings and torture carried out by the military regime during 1976-1983, which is blamed for between 15,000 and 30,000 deaths.

A court in La Plata, southeast of Buenos Aires, found Catholic priest Christian Von Wernich guilty on seven counts of homicide, 31 counts of torture and 42 of false imprisonment, the Spanish news agency EFE reported Wednesday.


Australia moves further towards extraditing Dr 'Death' Patel

By Neena Bhandari, IANS

Sydney : Australia is moving towards the final stages of extraditing from the US India-born Jayant Patel who has been linked to 87 deaths of patients he treated between 2003 and 2005 at a Queensland hospital.

Dubbed "Dr Death" by the Australian media, Patel worked in the Bundaberg Base Hospital in Queensland and has been in the US since 2005. In what is probably the worst medical-negligence scandal in Australia, he allegedly falsified his application to practice medicine in this country.


Nepal opposition to vote in favour of monarchy

By Sudeshna Sarkar, IANS

Kathmandu : Nepal's biggest opposition party, the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), has said it would not support the anti-monarchy motion to be tabled in a parliament session by the Maoists Thursday as it goes against the constitution and people's sovereignty.

The RPP is leading protest rallies in the capital Wednesday and will submit a memorandum to Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, telling him the current parliament has no power to decide the fate of King Gyanendra and Nepal's 238-year royal family.


Taiwan president reasserts sovereignty on National Day

Taipei, Oct 10 (DPA) Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian Wednesday reasserted that Taiwan is a sovereign country and not part of China at the island's National Day celebrations.

"Taiwan is a sovereign county and Taiwan's future must be decided by the 23 million Taiwanese. Taiwan and the People's Republic of China are two countries that do not belong to each other," Chen told a meeting before hosting the National Day rally.


Doctors use vodka drip to save dying man

Sydney, Oct 10 (DPA) Australian doctors in a far-north Queensland hospital saved the life of an Italian tourist by putting him on a drip-feed of vodka to flush out the poison he had drunk in a suicide attempt, local media reported Wednesday.

"The patient was drip-fed about three standard drinks an hour for three days in the intensive care unit," physician Todd Fraser said Tuesday. "The hospital's administrators were also very understanding when we explained our reasons for buying a case of vodka."

Che 'rises again' in Bolivian town where he died

La Higuera (Bolivia), Oct 10 (IANS) In an unusual political-religious ceremony that brought to an end the official homage in Bolivia to Argentine-born Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the mythic rebel 'rose again' in symbolic form in this village where army troops killed him 40 years ago.

A Buddhist monk, a Catholic friar and an Anglican clergyman presided at Tuesday's rite with prayers and songs dedicated to Che in front of the La Higuera school where he was executed Oct 9, 1967, by Mario Teran, a Bolivian Army sergeant, Spanish news agency EFE reported.