Mon, 11 Nov 2002

From: Reuters

;AFP;KOD; ANPAu..r.. Aglance-Thailand-mixup Switched Thai twins to remain with parents who raised them: repor JP/11/ASEAN Switched twins not to reverse the swap THAILAND: A hospital mix-up involving twin girls who were separated at birth by accident 16 years ago has been resolved, with the families agreeing not to reverse the swap, reports said on Sunday.

In a case that has captivated the Thai media this week, Bangkok mother Supansa Pornprakhun discovered recently that one of the "twin" daughters she had raised was not her biological child.

The real twin had been switched with an unrelated girl at Hua Chiew Hospital and taken home by another family.

The mistake was uncovered when a resemblance between the identical sisters was noticed by an acquaintance of both the girls, who study at different private schools in the Thai capital.

In a statement read out by a school spokeswoman, the two families said they had agreed to continue raising their respective children as they had done since their birth. --AFP

;AP;KOD; ANPAu..r.. Aglance-S'pore-Runway Singapore converts six-lane highway into emergency runway JP/11/ASEAN S'pore converts highway into runway SINGAPORE: Singapore's military vacuumed bits of debris from a six-lane highway and landed more than a dozen military aircraft on the clean stretch of road on Sunday in a test exercise.

Land-scarce Singapore has decided to make it possible for the highway, known as Lim Chu Kang road, to be quickly converted into an emergency runway, according to a statement from the Ministry of Defense.

Four F-16s, four A-5s and one E-2C aircraft executed a total of 20 takeoffs, landings and "touch-and-gos" on the road within a span of 18 minutes, the statement said.

This is the fifth time since 1986 that Singapore has used public roads for landing strips during military exercises. --AP