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Kyodo news summary -5-.

TOKYO, Jan. 11 Kyodo

---------- Fukuda eyes dispatching MSDF to Indian Ocean by end of Jan.

TOKYO - Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said Friday he plans to have Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels head to the Indian Ocean by the end of January for resumption of their refueling mission, calling it ''truly meaningful'' that Japan can again join the fight against terrorism.

''To resume the refueling activities as soon as possible, the government will decide on an implementation plan in the middle of next week,'' Fukuda said in a statement issued after the Japanese parliament enacted a law to resume the refueling mission in support of U.S.-led antiterrorism operations in and around Afghanistan.

---------- China official sacked after inspectors beat protest witness to death

BEIJING - A senior Chinese official has been sacked after municipal inspectors allegedly beat to death a man who was filming a protest in their city in central China's Hubei Province, state media reported Friday.

Qi Zhengjun, head of Tianmen's urban administration bureau, has been dismissed and is among more than 100 people under investigation by police, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

---------- Malaysia, Indonesia leaders meet to iron out issues

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Malaysian and Indonesian leaders met here Friday to address recent issues such as mistreatment of Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia that have strained bilateral ties.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who arrived in Malaysia on Thursday for a three-day visit, held talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the latter's office in Putrajaya.

---------- Goodwill ordered to suspend operations over staff dispatches

TOKYO - The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare on Friday issued an order for major temp staff agency Goodwill Inc. to suspend operations due to a series of law violations involving the dispatch of temp workers to jobs they are not permitted to undertake, or the double dispatch of workers.

The business-suspension order for two to four months covers all of Goodwill's 737 branches across Japan, the ministry said.

---------- Explosion occurs in Myanmar capital, 1 killed

YANGON - An explosion occurred in Myanmar's capital Naypyitaw early Friday morning, killing at least one person, according to local residents and civil servants.

The explosion occurred at a railway station in the eastern Naypyitaw township of Pyinmana around 4:20 a.m. and a woman died, they said.

---------- Ishiba orders MSDF to prepare for refueling mission

TOKYO - Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba on Friday issued an order to the Maritime Self-Defense Force to prepare for the resumption of its refueling mission in the Indian Ocean to support U.S.-led antiterrorism operations.

The move came after the new antiterrorism bill was approved at the House of Representatives earlier in the day with a two-thirds majority vote by the ruling parties.
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