Briefs, September 12, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 September, 2012, 3:21pm

British royal couple arrive in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate were greeted by crowds of cheering well-wishers as they arrived in Singapore at the start of an Asia-Pacific tour. The couple went from Singapore's airport to the city state's Botanic Gardens for the first engagement of their nine-day visit, which will also take in Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. They were then taken to Singapore's grand, British colonial-era Raffles Hotel, where more than 100 people lined the gravel driveway and took pictures as the couple emerged from their car and stepped onto the red carpet. AFP

Skeletons found in car in Japanese reservoir

TOKYO - Two skeletons have been found in a car at the bottom of a reservoir in Japan, 17 years after two brothers disappeared while out for a drive in the area. Highway workers had drained the reservoir during a land survey in Koge, on the main southern island of Kyushu. "We are trying to confirm if the accident was related to the disappearance of two brothers in 1995," a police spokesman said. In October of that year, two brothers aged 20 and 18 went missing after going for a drive from their parents' home in the nearby city of Usa. AFP

Boys killed as rocket explodes in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH - Three Cambodian boys were killed by a B-40 rocket left over from the country's civil war in the 1970s. Police said the boys found the rocket in a northern forest and tried to smash it apart, hoping to sell its pieces as scrap metal. Two of the boys were eight and the other nine. They were killed on Sunday in Oddor Meanchey province, a site of intense battles between the former Khmer Rouge regime and government forces. AP

'Diamond swallower' was bluffing

COLOMBO - A Chinese man accused of swallowing a diamond worth US$13,600 at the Facets Sri Lanka annual jewellery exhibition in Colombo, actually ingested a fake stone in an elaborate bluff to allow the real thief to escape, police said. "The man with the real stone vanished while all the attention was on the man who was seen swallowing a stone that turned out to be fake," police said. AFP