- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 13, 2006

FIJI

U.S. pilot’s remains from WWII recovered

SUVA — The remains of a U.S. fighter pilot have begun a long journey home from a deep jungle ravine in Fiji, 64 years after his airplane disappeared during a World War II sortie.

A 12-member team from the Hawaii-based Joint POW and MIA Accounting Command on Wednesday accepted the remains of the man — whose identity the U.S. Air Force has yet to reveal — from the residents of remote Naivucini village, on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu.

The pilot and his single-seat P-39 fighter disappeared during a mission on April 22, 1942. On Aug. 28, 2004, Sailosi Delana and his cousin, Paula Cagidomo, stumbled upon the wreckage while hunting for wild boar.

PHILIPPINES

Arroyo fares better in opinion polls

MANILA — President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has won back some support from Filipinos amid fresh impeachment attempts and purported plots, a new poll showed, but analysts said her remaining four years will rarely be free of turmoil.

Leading pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) said 34 percent of respondents were satisfied with Mrs. Arroyo’s performance and 48 percent were dissatisfied — for a net rating of minus 13 percent when the figures were correctly rounded.

The rating has gone up from minus 30 percent in December 2005 and minus 25 in March, SWS said. The survey involved 1,200 persons on June 22-28 and has a margin of error of three percentage points.

Mrs. Arroyo is the only Philippine president since ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos to have a negative satisfaction rating.

AUSTRALIA

Killer kangaroo roamed Outback

SYDNEY — Forget cute, cuddly marsupials. A team of Australian paleontologists say they have found the fossilized remains of a fanged killer kangaroo and what they describe as a “demon duck of doom.”

A University of New South Wales team said the fearsome fossils were among 20 previously unknown species uncovered at a site in northwest Queensland state.

Michael Archer said the remains of a meat-eating kangaroo with wolflike fangs were found as well as a galloping kangaroo with long forearms that could not hop like a modern kangaroo. Vertebrate paleontologist Sue Hand said modern kangaroos look almost nothing like their ferocious forebears, which lived between 10 million and 20 million years ago.

Weekly notes …

A Malaysian man has appealed for help after authorities ruled him dead more than four years ago, saying he was unable to work because of the mistake. According to official records, Minggu Mang anak Madang died from head injuries in the town of Bintulu in the eastern state of Sarawak on Jan. 18, 2002, and was buried. Mr. Minggu Mang, 40, said he found out about the mistake when he went to renew his driver’s license on Dec. 19, 2003.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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