In Brief

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 April, 2006, 12:00am

Northern China braces for two more sandstorms

Two more sandstorms are heading for northern China in the next 10 days, the State Environmental Protection Administration said yesterday. It forecast the sandstorms would hit the north and the northwest between now and next weekend, owing to cold air. The eight severe sandstorms that struck Northern China this year had worsened air pollution in half of the mainland's major cities, China News Service reported. Kristine Kwok

Villagees to get physical to free land activists

Residents in Foshan's Ditian village say they will resort to violence to get authorities to release five people detained after a clash with police on April 5. Two men, Liu Honggui and Liu Hongquan, were due to be released yesterday because their detention orders were for 15 days, while no detention date was set for Liu Xiantong, Liu Xianguo and Liu Xianqi. The five were among 15 representatives elected by villagers in their fight for compensation when village authorities seized more than 20 hectares of their land to build an industrial park. Leu Siew Ying

Engineers' shooting suspect arrested

Pakistani police arrested a key suspect in the fatal shootings in February three mainland engineers. Wali Mohammad, alias Wallo, on the government's list of 'most wanted' criminals, was ambushed by police as he drove along a highway in the southern city of Karachi. The engineers, working for a cement plant, were killed when two gunmen attacked their car on February 16 in the remote Baluchistan town of Hub.

13 dead as minivan plunges into river

At least 13 people died when the minivan in which they were travelling plunged into the Lhasa River in Tibet at 10am yesterday after the driver lost control of the overloaded 14-seat vehicle. Four passengers and the driver were injured in the accident. Cynthia Wan