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In brief: Princess Aiko bullied at school

Sat., March 6, 2010, midnight

Tokyo – Japan’s Princess Aiko, granddaughter of the emperor, has missed several days of classes because of bullying by boys at her elementary school, a spokesman for the royal family said Friday.

The news provided a rare glimpse into the private affairs of the world’s oldest hereditary monarchy, which usually abides by strict, formal protocols and is tightlipped about personal matters.

The 8-year-old princess complained of a stomachache and expressed deep anxiety and has not attended school since coming home early Tuesday, the spokesman for the Imperial Household Agency said.

An investigation by the agency and the school revealed that she and several other students had suffered “violent things” from boys in another class, the spokesman said, declining to elaborate.

U.S. missionaries remain in jail

Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Two U.S. missionaries are spending another weekend in a Haitian jail.

A judge had said earlier he was likely to release the women soon. But that didn’t happen after a closed hearing Friday. The judge did not publicly explain the delay in releasing Idaho residents Laura Silsby and Charisa Coulter.

The two were detained Jan. 29 along with eight other Americans as they tried to leave Haiti with 33 children. Authorities held them on suspicion of kidnapping.


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