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TOKYO, Nov. 23 Kyodo

---------- S. Korea says open to 'formal offer' from N. Korea on tourism talks

SEOUL - South Korea said Monday it is open to a ''formal offer'' from North Korea for government-level talks to discuss resuming cross-border tours to the North's scenic Mt. Kumgang that were suspended after a shooting incident last year.

''If North Korea sincerely wants to resume tours (to Mt. Kumgang), a formal offer for talks can be made anytime through channels that are in operation between the authorities,'' Unification Ministry Spokesman Chun Hae Sung told a press briefing.

---------- Court starts closing arguments in trial of Khmer Rouge chief jailer

PHNOM PENH - A U.N.-backed court began Monday four days of closing arguments in the trial of the Khmer Rouge's former chief jailer after eight months of hearings.

Nil Nonn, presiding judge of the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, announced that the trial of Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, former chief of Tuol Sleng prison, the infamous torture center also known as S-21, has reached the ''final stage of proceedings.''

---------- Death toll in China coal mine explosion rises to 104

BEIJING - The death toll from a coal mine gas explosion in Heilongjiang Province in northeast China has risen to 104, making it the country's worst mining accident in two years, state media reported Monday.

Four miners remained trapped in the mining shaft early Monday, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

---------- Body of 8th Japanese killed in Busan shooting range fire brought back

FUKUOKA - The body of the eighth Japanese victim in a recent fatal fire at an indoor shooting range in the South Korean city of Busan was brought back to Japan on Monday on a ferry, arriving at the Port of Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture, with his family members.

Kazunobu Nakao, 37, died Sunday morning at a hospital in Busan where he had been in intensive care in a coma with some 90 percent of his body burned in the Nov. 14 fire.

---------- Ethologist Hidaka dies at 79

KYOTO - Toshitaka Hidaka, one of Japan's leading animal behavior researchers and an honorary professor of Kyoto University, died of lung cancer on Nov. 14 at his home in Kyoto, family members said Monday. He was 79.

Hidaka was known for his contribution to the dissemination of ethology in Japan through his translations of animal behavior studies, and for the establishment of the Japan Ethological Society in 1982 for which he served as chairman.
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