TAIWAN MAN GETS 12 YEARS FOR STARVING MUM TO DEATH
A TAIWANESE man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for letting his sick mother starve to death and her body to become infested with maggots.
Chang Chih-chiang, 36, was convicted and sentenced on Wednesday on charges of abandoning his mother, resulting in her death, the high court said. The case came to light after Chang's wife contacted the police in August last year when she found her diabetic, bedridden mother-in-law dead in their apartment in Taiwan.
NEW ZEALAND FINALLY NAMES ISLANDS AFTER 200 YEARS
NEW Zealand's two main islands have never been formally named due to a clerical oversight lasting 200 years, despite being universally known as the North and South Islands, officials said yesterday.
After public consultations, the New Zealand Geographic Board is now proposing two names each for the islands, one in English and one in the indigenous Maori language. The English version will be the widely used North and South Islands. The Maori names are Te Waipounamu, meaning rivers of green stone, for the South Island, and Te Ika-a-Maui, the fish of Maui (a Maori god), for the North.
THAI KING PREPARES TO LEAVE HOSPITAL AFTER FOUR YEARS
HUNDREDS of flag-waving well-wishers gathered near a Bangkok hospital yesterday as Thailand's revered but frail king prepared to move to his coastal palace after almost four years as an in-patient.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 85, treated as a near-deity in politically turbulent Thailand, is due to be discharged from the capital's Siriraj Hospital, where he has lived since September 2009.
STOMACH BUG TRIGGERS MASS VOMITING ON QANTAS FLIGHT
DOZENS of people were rushed off a Qantas flight for medical treatment in Sydney yesterday after a stomach bug struck mid-journey, triggering a mass vomiting episode.
Qantas said a "number of passengers travelling in the same group on QF28 (between) Santiago and Sydney became unwell with a gastrointestinal illness".
Media reports said between 20 and 30 passengers were vomiting as they disembarked in Sydney and were met by a fleet of ambulances.