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Briefs, October 17, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 October, 2012, 4:49am

US sailors held over gang rape in Okinawa

TOKYO - Two US servicemen have been arrested on suspicion of gang-raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa, as anti-American feeling runs high on the strategically vital island. The incident comes amid swelling protests over the recent deployment on the island of 12 Osprey transport aircraft, with the plane's perceived poor safety sparking concern among local residents. National broadcaster NHK said the two men, both 23, had been arrested over the alleged assault of the woman before dawn. One of sailors admitted carrying out the attack, but the other has denied it, according to TV Asahi. AFP
 

Malala 'relatives' try to enter English hospital

LONDON - Several people claiming to be relatives of the Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban have tried to enter the British hospital where she is being treated. The medical director of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where Malala Yousafzai, 14, is in intensive care said the incidents did not create any security concerns and police said nobody was arrested. The teenager spent a comfortable first night in the hospital, a spokesman said, after she arrived in Birmingham on a flight from Pakistan. AFP
 

Bollywood glamour couple get married

MUMBAI - Bollywood glamour couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor tied the knot in Mumbai in the most anticipated Indian celebrity wedding of the year. Kapoor, 32, and Khan, 42 - Bollywood's answer to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - held an official ceremony at the groom's home in the city, to be followed by an evening party at the grand Taj Mahal Palace hotel. The couple have been dating for five years and come from famous acting families. AFP
 

Plot thickens in Japanese murder case

TOKYO - Police in Japan probing the disappearance of seven people said they had found three badly decomposed bodies in a house and were still looking to see if they would unearth more. A major operation was under way after three naked female corpses were discovered at the house in Hyogo prefecture in western Japan. The bodies were so badly decayed officers have so far been unable to identify them. Police are probing connections with Miyoko Sumida, 64, a woman who has been indicted for beating to death a 66-year-old woman and dumping her body in a concrete-filled drum last year. AFP
 

Elephant tramples keeper to death in zoo

TOKYO - An elephant trampled its keeper to death at a Japanese zoo as he tried to stop the gigantic animal from attacking its new-born calf. Inthavong Khamphone, who was from Laos, was an elephant specialist. He had come to Japan from Laos with the mother elephant in July last year. AFP

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