2 killed in J&K ambush

SRINAGAR: Suspected Islamic militants killed two Indian soldiers in an ambush on Monday in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said. About 15 soldiers were driving through the Chitral forest area in the Jammu region when they came under fire, a police officer told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. An unspecified number of soldiers were wounded, police said, and were flown to the army hospital at the regional base of Udhampur. — AP

B’desh in US black list

DHAKA: The United States Department of State has threatened non-trade sanctions against 10 countries including Bangladesh for making on effort to curb global sex trafficking. Other countries included in the list are Ecuador, North Korea, Venezuela, Myanmar, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone, Cuba, Guyana and Sudan. Bangladesh was the only new entrant to the list, OneWorld reports. — HNS

Bangla landslide kills two

CHITTAGONG: A landslide triggered by heavy rains killed a mother and her son in southeastern Bangladesh, police said on Monday. The victims died on Sunday after huge chunks of earth from a hill fell on their thatched house in Chittagong city, a police official said on condition of anonymity. — AP

Abbot gets 160 yrs in jail

BANGKOK: A criminal court on Monday sentenced a former Buddhist abbot to 160 years in prison for raping underage girls, but he will have to serve only 50 years under Thai legal limits, an official said. Chamlong Polseu, 65, who was once a popular spiritual leader to many politicians, was convicted of raping and molesting more than 10 hilltribe girls under the age of 15, a court official said on condition of anonymity. — AP