- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 11, 2005

SINGAPORE

Protesters demand more transparency

About a dozen police officers in riot gear swooped down on four persons staging a rare protest in Singapore’s central business district yesterday.

The protesters, all Singaporeans, carried a placard in front of a government pension fund building calling for greater transparency, apparently in the wake of suspected misuse of donors’ funds by Singapore’s richest charity, the National Kidney Foundation.

One protester wore a shirt with the names of the National Kidney Foundation and Singapore’s Central Provident Fund, a compulsory retirement savings scheme run by the state. A placard read “Be Transparent Now.”

SOUTH KOREA

Computer gamer dies after 49 hours

SEOUL — A 28-year-old man died of an apparent heart attack after playing computer games nonstop for 49 hours in an Internet cafe, police said.

The man, identified only by his last name, Lee, collapsed today after having eaten minimally and not sleeping. He had refused to leave his keyboard while he played the battle simulation game “Starcraft,” police said.

Mr. Lee, a resident in the southern city of Taegu, was rushed to a hospital but died after a few hours because of what doctors think was a heart attack, police said.

THAILAND

Queen issues plea to end violence

BANGKOK — Queen Sirikit yesterday made an unprecedented third plea for an end to the violence plaguing southern Thailand, which has claimed more than 850 lives in 19 months.

In a message to thousands of well-wishers gathered at the Bangkok Palace to celebrate her 73rd birthday today, the queen said the unrest had “gone on long enough.”

The queen said that after the bomb attacks in London in July, all sectors of society came out to condemn the bombings, and the same condemnation of violence was needed in Thailand.

CAMBODIA

U.S. actress Jolie given citizenship

PHNOM PENH — King Norodom Sihamoni has signed a special decree giving movie star Angelina Jolie Cambodian citizenship in recognition of her environmental work in the country, a senior official said yesterday.

“The king signed the legal papers and that means she now has Cambodian citizenship,” said Toun Siphan, director of the government’s international relations department.

The Oscar-winning actress, who adopted a Cambodian son, Maddox, has agreed to spend $5 million over the next 15 years to set up a wildlife sanctuary in a former Khmer Rouge stronghold in the northwestern province of Battambang.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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