Taiwan students charged over raid
TAIPEI • Taiwanese prosecutors have charged five students who stormed the Education Ministry in July over school curriculum changes seen as pushing China's agenda of bringing the island under its territory.
But the prosecutors said that given the students' ages, probation may be appropriate if they are found guilty.
Mugabe awarded China's peace prize
BEIJING • The China International Peace Studies Centre yesterday defended its awarding of the Confucius Peace Prize this year to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who has often been accused of rights abuses.
Previous winners of the would-be Chinese rival to the Nobel include Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Cuba's Fidel Castro.
Envoys detained over shooting have immunity
MANILA • Two Chinese diplomats being held over a gun attack in the Philippines in which two colleagues were killed have diplomatic immunity and will be sent back to China, the Philippine government said yesterday.
China's consul-general in the central city of Cebu survived after being shot in the neck, but two of his staff members died during the attack in a private room of a restaurant on Wednesday. Police detained a husband and wife, both Chinese diplomats, who were at the lunch.