TAIWAN COAST GUARD ARRESTS 9 INDONESIANS
TAIWAN'S Coast Guard raided a fishing vessel thousands of kilometres offshore, arresting nine Indonesian crew members suspected of murdering the vessel's Taiwanese captain and chief engineer, officials said yesterday.
Armed with rifles and handguns, 10 Taiwanese guards conducted the pre-dawn raid last Saturday. It came after the vessel's owner reported to the authorities on July 18 that the Taiwanese skipper had not responded to his satellite call for three days.
S. KOREA OFFERS FINAL TALKS OVER KAESONG
SOUTH Korea yesterday proposed "final" talks with the North over the fate of a shuttered joint industrial zone, suggesting it may permanently close the estate if the negotiations fail.
The latest offer came after six recent rounds of talks aimed at reviving the Seoul-invested Kaesong complex in North Korea produced little signs of progress. The complex has been shut since April.
BERLUSCONI: I PREFER JAIL TO EXILE
ITALY'S Silvio Berlusconi will do time behind bars if found definitively guilty of tax fraud, he said in an interview published yesterday.
"I will not go into exile. Nor will I accept being entrusted to social services, like a criminal who has to be re-educated," the former premier said in an interview in the Libero daily.
The 76-year-old billionaire said he would also refuse to take advantage of Italy's policy to let elderly people carry out sentences under house arrest.
DRIVER IN SPAIN TRAIN CRASH FACES JUDGE
THE driver of a train in Spain that hurtled off the rails, killing 78 people, faced questioning by a judge yesterday on suspicion of reckless homicide, as the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela mourned the dead.
Flowers and candles were placed at the crash site and at the gates of the city's cathedral, a year-round destination for Roman Catholic pilgrims.
The man, Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, 52, refused to answer police questions last Friday from his hospital bed, and the case was passed to the courts.