Briefs, October 3, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 October, 2012, 4:14am

Indian graft fighter launches new party

NEW DELHI - One of India's top anti-graft campaigners launched a new political party yesterday, aiming to tap into a rich seam of public anger against the graft-tainted government. Arvind Kejriwal said his party would start a new chapter in the struggle against a "bribe-taking culture" and pledged to field candidates at a general election in 2014. Kejriwal, a former civil servant, co-founded the group India Against Corruption. AFP


Frenchmen sentenced for abuse in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH - A Cambodian court handed two Frenchmen partially suspended two-year sentences for sexually abusing boys, a punishment criticised as too lenient by the victims' lawyer. Denis Page, 63, and Jean Vidon, 67, were arrested last year for paying for sex with the boys, aged 15 and 17, in a hotel room in Battambang province. The defendants denied having sex with the boys and said they had brought them to their hotel to perform massages. AFP


Stranded whales cut up for food in Indonesia

SAVU - Locals on a remote island in eastern Indonesia cut up several dead pilot whales for food after a mass stranding that killed at least 41 of the mammals, an official said. A total of 44 pilot whales beached themselves on Monday on Savu, where there is a culture of whale hunting for consumption. AFP


Manila close to Muslim peace pact signing

KUALA LUMPUR - The Philippine government said a historic road map to end a decades-long Muslim insurgency that has left more than 150,000 people dead could be signed within days. The government issued the forecast as the latest round of peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front began. AFP