Briefs, September 23, 2012
Police arrest 8 suspects in anti-terrorism raid
JAKARTA - Indonesian police arrested eight suspected terrorists in the city of Solo, finding homemade bombs and explosive materials in their houses, an official said. The explosives were defused at the two houses. The official said the suspects were linked to an extremist group that planned to carry out attacks against police, without mentioning the group's name. The arrests came after a spate of terror-related incidents this month, including an explosion at a house suspected of being a bomb workshop in Depok, near Jakarta, in which three people were injured. AFP
Amnesty tells Malaysia to stop 'harassment'
KUALA LUMPUR - Amnesty International has called on Malaysia to stop the "harassment" of a human rights body that has accused the government of corruption. Authorities are investigating the funding of Suaram, an opposition-leaning group that has long campaigned against police brutality and other abuse. This year, a French court heard a complaint by Suaram, accusing Prime Minister Najib Razak and others over a 2002 deal to buy two submarines from France. Amnesty urged Malaysia to "end all forms of harassment and intimidation", saying the probe appeared "to be a concerted, multi-departmental government campaign". AFP
North Korea warns South over shooting
SEOUL - North Korea threatened military retaliation after South Korean navy boats fired warning shots at fishing vessels from the North near their Yellow Sea border. The North's military command said the South's navy vessels intruded into its territorial waters and "went on a shooting rampage". The South said warning shots were fired at the vessels after they crossed the disputed border, the latest in a series of incursions. AFP