Briefs, September 26, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 September, 2012, 2:48am

Vietnamese farmers find soldiers' remains

HANOI - Farmers have found a grave containing the remains of at least 20 communist soldiers killed during the Vietnam war. Military officer Nguyen Van Phat said yesterday that the bodies were recovered from a rubber plantation in the southern province of Dong Nai. Farmers hunting for scrap metal found the bodies last week. The remains have not been identified. AP


Yokohama's Chinatown parade is cancelled

YOKOHAMA, Japan - The Chinatown in Japan's Yokohama will cancel its annual parade on October 1, China's national day, amid rising tensions over a territorial dispute between the two Asian countries, Kyodo News reported. About 200 students from a local Chinese school were scheduled to participate. Yokohama Chinatown is located south of Tokyo in the Kanagawa prefecture. Bloomberg


Hun Sen dismisses threat to boycott polls

PHNOM PENH - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has dismissed opposition threats to boycott next year's general election, saying it would just open the way for other parties to run. He was responding to statements by the Sam Rainsy Party and the Human Rights Party threatening to boycott the polls if the leadership of the state election body is not changed. They accuse the National Election Committee of unfairly favouring Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party. AP


Hunt for thieves who destroyed heritage site

BANGALORE - Police in southern India are hunting a criminal gang who destroyed part of a historic world heritage site in hope of unearthing a hidden treasure trove. The thieves knocked down the 16th-century entrance to a temple in the sprawling ruins of Hampi, 350 kilometres from the Karnataka state capital Bangalore. Officials were trying to verify if any treasure in the form of gold or silver coins and priceless antiques was buried under the pillars as popularly believed. AFP


Camps for displaced Sri Lankans closed

COLOMBO - Camps which housed 300,000 people displaced by the end of Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict have now all closed, three years after the war ended. Once one of the world's biggest camps, the final batch of 361 families left Menik Farm in the northern district of Vavuniya on Monday. AFP