Friend identifies bus at Delhi gang-rape trial
NEW DELHI - The companion of an Indian medical student who died after being gang-raped identified the bus on which the attack took place as he testified in the trial of five adults accused of her murder. The 28-year-old, confined to a wheelchair as a result of the attack, confirmed that a white bus was the vehicle on which the deadly assault took place on December 16, his father said. The proceedings are subject to a gagging order, but police allowed reporters to see the judge, the witness and lawyers being taken to the bus, which had been parked in the court compound. AFP
Whaling 'costs Japan US$10m a year'
TOKYO- Japan's whaling programme costs taxpayers US$10 million a year, a pressure group said, as it demanded an end to the "dying industry". The International Fund for Animal Welfare said money raised from the sale of whale meat fell far short of the cost of running and maintaining the fleet that hunts the mammals in the Southern Ocean. "The whaling industry has been operating in the red for more than 20 years now," said Patrick Ramage of IFAW. AFP
Paper producer stops using Indonesian logs
JAKARTA - The world's third-largest paper producer said it had stopped using logs from Indonesia's natural forests after fierce campaigning by environmental groups against the company. Asia Pulp and Paper has in recent years lost packaging contracts with big brands including food maker Kraft and Barbie toy manufacturer Mattel, after Greenpeace accused it of clearing carbon-rich forest home to endangered Sumatran tigers and orang-utans. AFP
Former king's ashes lowered into Mekong
PHNOM PENH - Cambodians lined the banks of the Mekong River as the ashes of their revered former monarch King Norodom Sihanouk were lowered into the murky water a day after his cremation in Phnom Penh. In a sombre televised ceremony earlier, mourners led by his widow Queen Monineath and son King Norodom Sihamoni picked out some of the former monarch's blackened bones from the crematorium to be kept in an urn at the royal palace. The bones, which were washed in coconut juice and water from a sacred mountain, will be taken to the palace today, when the week-long funeral ends AFP