S Korea's web ID law ruled unconstitutional
SEOUL - South Korea's Constitutional Court yesterday ruled that a law requiring online contributors to use their real names undermines free speech. The law was introduced five years ago in the belief that it would reduce libel, abusive comments and spread of false rumours. The court said the law discouraged people from voicing opinions out of concern they would be punished and found no proof that it helped decrease libel or rumours. AP
Dhaka's treatment of Muslim refugees 'cruel'
DHAKA - Human Rights Watch blasted the Bangladeshi government's "cruel" restrictions on humanitarian aid to Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing persecution and violence in Myanmar. "The Bangladeshi government is trying to make conditions for Rohingya refugees already living in Bangladesh so awful that people fleeing brutal abuses in neighbouring Burma will stay home," HRW refugee policy director Bill Frelick said. "This is a cruel and inhumane policy that should immediately be reversed." AFP
N Korea's figurehead leader takes Iran trip
SEOUL - North Korea's figurehead leader, not supreme leader Kim Jong-un, will attend a summit of non-aligned developing nations in Iran next week. There had been rumours that Kim would visit Tehran on his first trip abroad as leader of the isolated and impoverished state. However, Korean state media said Kim Yong-nam would represent North Korea at the summit. Reuters
Pakistani barber's face mutilated over affair
LAHORE, Pakistan - A barber in rural Pakistan was left fighting for his life after being horrifically mutilated over a relationship with a married woman. Yousaf Khan, 32, had his eyes gouged out with a knife, and his ears, nose, lips and tongue cut off by seven of her family members. The attack took place in Mirzapur village, around 120 kilometres east of Lahore. AFP