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SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE -- Investors, encouraged by the easing financial crisis, may be returning to Southeast Asia too quickly, and in their rush could throw the region back into economic turmoil, Singapore's deputy prime minister warned Monday.JAMAICA

KINGSTON -- Vivian Blake, the man accused of leading a gang responsible for more than 1,400 murders, bought a half-page ad in a Sunday newspaper asking fellow Jamaicans to oppose his extradition to the United States.

INDONESIA

JAKARTA -- Indonesian Attorney-General Andi Ghalib has stood aside while authorities investigate allegations of corruption against him, a senior minister said on Monday.

THAILAND

BANGKOK -- Doctors have told Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej not to attend royal functions for the time being due to back problems.

ENGLAND

LONDON -- About 30,000 people formed a human chain stretching along the Thames River and across London's Blackfriars and Waterloo bridges Sunday to demonstrate for the cancellation of the debt of the world's poorest countries.

SOUTH KOREA

SEOUL -- Four North Korean patrol boats retreated to the northern side of the sea border line late on Monday following a daily pattern in the eight-day naval standoff between the two Koreas, the South Korean Defense Ministry said.

CHINA

BEIJING -- Police in China have saved 116 women and children from being sold in the southwestern province of Sichuan, the semi-official China News Service reported on Monday.

SHANGHAI -- China is resettling 150,000 people out of flood-prone areas along the Yellow River before summer rains this year, the official Xinhua News Agency said Monday. Some 10,000 more people are to move by the end of June.

BANGLADESH

DHAKA -- Transportation between the Bangladesh capital Dhaka and Chittagong port ground to a halt on Monday as industrial workers barricaded train lines and highways to press for higher wages and other financial demands.

FRANCE

STRASBOURG -- The European Court of Human Rights agreed Monday to take up a legal suit filed by Denmark against Turkey alleging torture against a Danish national.

ERITREA

ASMARA -- Eritrea said on Monday its forces shot down two Ethiopian MiG-23 jet fighters in the latest battle of a year-old border war between the two Horn of Africa states.

MALAWI

BLANTYRE -- Two years after his death, the shadow of Malawi's late dictator Hastings Kamuzu Banda is towering over Tuesday's general elections as his former party poses a serious challenge five years after being tossed out of office.

BRAZIL

SAO PAULO -- More than 80 inmates, including 15 juvenile offenders, broke out of three separate Sao Paulo prisons over the weekend, just a week after 345 men made the biggest jail break in Brazilian history, police said.

AUSTRALIA

SYDNEY -- Australians should stop celebrating the Queen of England's birthday if the country votes to become a republic, opposition leader Kim Beazley said on Monday. Instead, the holiday should be called Commonwealth Day in recognition of Australia's early ties to the British monarchy, Beazley said.