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Cambodia’s ‘jungle woman’ sick and stressed out

By Sat, Oct 31, 2009 12:01AM UTC

A woman dubbed the “jungle woman” after emerging naked and unable to speak from the wilds of northeastern Cambodia two years ago is sick and apparently suffering from mental illness, a doctor said Friday. Hing Phan Sokhunthea, chief of Rattanakiri province hospital, said the woman, believed to be 28-year-old Rochom

Trick or treat, please

By Fri, Oct 30, 2009 3:56PM UTC

Halloween is becoming quite popular in Japan. I get this mental picture of little ghosts and goblins quietly knocking at neighbourhood doors then bowing as they not too loudly exclaim “trick or treat”, politely thanking the treaters for what they gave. For some reason I find it hard to imagine

Sending off the Nine Emperor Gods, Phuket

By Fri, Oct 30, 2009 2:39PM UTC

THE NINE-DAY Nine Emperor Gods Festival, a Taoist ritual widely observed in Southeast Asia, features prominently in the tourist calendar of the Buddhist island of Phuket, Thailand. The annual festival, stretching from the first to the ninth day of the Ninth Moon in the lunar calendar, is punctuated with strict

10 die in China coal mine heist

By Fri, Oct 30, 2009 1:16PM UTC

Ten people suffocated during a botched robbery at a coal mine in northern China, the country’s work safety watchdog said Friday. Fourteen people allegedly broke into the shuttered mine in China’s Shanxi province on Monday, with two managing to escape the underground tunnels Tuesday, the State Administration of Work Safety

Saxena to face BBC Bank fraud charges in Thailand

By Fri, Oct 30, 2009 12:52PM UTC

The Thai press is hot on the Rakesh Saxena plundering of BBC bank story. The Canadian courts just cleared the way for Saxena, former head of the now defunct BBC bank, to return to Thailand to stand trial on bank fraud. Security is tight. The Thai Attorney General Office has