- The Washington Times - Friday, February 1, 2008

PHILIPPINES

Muslim militant killed by troops

MANILA — A Muslim militant who reportedly gunned down a Roman Catholic priest in a raid on a school in the southern Philippines was killed yesterday in a clash with troops pursuing an Indonesian terror suspect, the military said.

Troops recovered the body of suspected Abu Sayyaf commander Wahab Upao after an hourlong clash in remote Tawi-Tawi province, said marine commandant Maj. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino.

The U.S. government had offered a $160,000 reward for Mr. Upao’s capture, armed forces spokesman Lt. Col. Bartolome Bacarro said.

Mr. Upao was wanted for kidnapping and mass abduction, including the 2001 kidnapping of three Americans and 17 other persons from the Philippine resort island of Palawan.

He is also thought to have been part of a group that raided a Catholic school in Tawi-Tawi on Jan. 15 and fatally shot priest Reynaldo Roda and seized two hostages, Gen. Dolorfino said.

JAPAN

Chinese dumplings spark food scare

TOKYO — China and Japan scrambled to ease public alarm yesterday as hundreds of Japanese reported feeling ill from eating Chinese-made dumplings, triggering an emergency Cabinet session in Tokyo.

The Cabinet met to discuss a response as TV networks broadcast the stories of people who said they vomited, passed out and felt near death after eating the frozen meat dumplings.

China — Japan’s largest trading partner — said pre-export tests found no pesticides in the product, but still ordered the companies which made them to halt production and recall similar items from Japan.

Scandals over a range of Chinese-made goods, including pet food, toothpaste, toys and other products have led to boycott calls in the United States.

BANGLADESH

Donor gives millions to rebuild schools

DHAKA — An unidentified person has donated $130 million to help rebuild hundreds of schools and storm shelters destroyed by a cyclone along Bangladesh’s southwest coast, the government said yesterday.

The anonymous donation was made through the Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Development Bank, said senior finance ministry official Aminul Islam Bhuiyan, describing it as the single largest donation ever made by an individual to Bangladesh.

INDIA

Beggars to be fingerprinted

NEW DELHI — Beggars in the Indian capital will be photographed and fingerprinted under a plan to clear them from the city’s streets ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2010, a report said yesterday.

Officials also plan to round up cows, kept by some residents and considered sacred in India, from New Delhi streets before the Games, the Press Trust of India reported.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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