Briefs, September 28, 2012

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 September, 2012, 3:51am

Cult leader hanged for six murders

TOKYO - Japan executed two people yesterday, including a 65-year-old female cult leader convicted of six murders that took place during supposed exorcisms. The Justice Ministry said Sachiko Eto and 39-year-old Yukinori Matsuda were put to death by hanging. Matsuda was convicted of killing two people during a robbery in 2003. Japan had no executions last year, but has conducted seven this year. The ministry says 131 convicts are on Japan's death row. AP


Action urged against drug-resistant malaria

HANOI - The World Health Organisation said governments in the Mekong region must act urgently to stop the spread of drug-resistant malaria, which has emerged in southern Vietnam and in southeastern Myanmar. Drug-resistant malaria was found on the Thai-Cambodian border eight years ago and has since been found along Thailand's border with Myanmar. Malaria killed an estimated 655,000 people in 2010, mostly African children. AFP


Yingluck offers help in South China Sea row

NEW YORK - The territorial disputes in the South China Sea are a diplomatic minefield but Thailand's prime minister hopes to bring something new to the negotiating table: a woman's touch. Yingluck Shinawatra told the Asia Society that as a non-claimant state on good terms with all the parties involved, Thailand wants to help. AP