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Briefs, September 25, 2012

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 September, 2012, 3:44am
 

13 fishermen missing after boat collision

TOKYO - Japan's coastguard was searching yesterday for 13 fishermen missing since their boat sank after colliding with a large cargo vessel. The 12 Japanese and one Indonesian remained unaccounted for nearly 16 hours after the two vessels collided some 900 kilometres off the Pacific coast of Miyagi. The 119-tonne tuna fishing boat, Horiei Maru, had 22 crew members in all, nine of whom were rescued by another ship in the area. AFP

President seeks tweaks to Myanmar's trade bill

YANGON - Myanmar President Thein Sein has delayed an eagerly awaited foreign investment bill, asking for amendments to the law that aims to open up the long-isolated nation to overseas trade. He returned the draft law to parliament at the weekend "with remarks", an official in the presidential office said. "The president wanted to amend some of the provisions in the bill," the official said. Thein Sein then left for New York, in the first US visit by a Myanmese leader since 1966. AFP

Daughter of S Korean dictator offers apology

SEOUL - The ruling party candidate in South Korea's presidential election offered her "sincere apologies" to victims of the repressive rule of her late father, military strongman Park Chung-hee. "I believe that it is an unchanging value of democracy that ends cannot justify the means in politics," Park Geun-hye said in a 10-minute speech broadcast live from her conservative New Frontier Party headquarters. Park's campaign to become South Korea's first woman president has been plagued by repeated demands to clarify her stance on the excesses of her father's 18-year rule. AFP

Floods wreak havoc in India, Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan - Flash floods triggered by heavy rains affected hundreds of thousands of people in Pakistan and India, with at least 51 dying in Pakistan's Baluchistan province alone. Around 700,000 people have been affected and swathes of farmland destroyed in southwestern Pakistan. In India, floods have forced more than one million people to flee their homes in the northeastern state of Assam. Officials said 11 people drowned in separate incidents in the past week. Nearly 130 people were killed and six million displaced by the floodwaters in Assam two months ago, which came during India's June to September monsoon. AFP

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