Briefs, November 5, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 November, 2012, 2:35am

Man arrested for offending sultan

KUALA LUMPUR - Police have arrested a 27-year-old man for allegedly posting seditious remarks on Facebook about the royal family of a southern Malaysian state, his brother said yesterday. Ahmad Abd Jalil was arrested in Kuala Lumpur on Friday night but handed to police in Johor where he may have to beg forgiveness from the sultan, his brother said. The government has announced plans to repeal the controversial Sedition Act, but authorities have continued to invoke it. AFP

Ex-president's court date suspended

COLOMBO - A court in the Maldives has ordered the suspension of a hearing on charges against the country's former president. Mohamed Nasheed is accused of illegally ordering the detention of a senior judge, a move that led to his overthrow earlier this year. Nasheed was to appear in court for a second time yesterday, nearly a month after he was arrested for twice ignoring a summons and breaching an order prohibiting him from leaving the capital, Male. AP

Thousands join anti-US protest in Japan

TOKYO - Thousands of people rallied against the American deployment of Osprey military aircraft on a southern Japanese island amid escalating anti-US military sentiment following recent crimes. Ospreys were deployed in October despite local opposition over safety concerns following two crashes elsewhere. Anger was running high days after a US airman allegedly assaulted a teenage boy on Okinawa, just two weeks after a curfew was imposed on all 52,000 US troops in Japan over the arrest of two navy sailors for the alleged rape of a local woman. AP

Australia, Philippines to boost defence ties

MANILA - The Philippine defence chief says his Australian counterpart plans to visit early next year to discuss ways to bolster security cooperation and the entry of Australian forces for military exercises under a new pact. The Philippine Senate in July ratified an accord that will allow Australian troops to train with Filipino forces in the country. Lawmakers have been alarmed by Manila's recent maritime territorial spats with Beijing. AP

Prince gets to grips with PNG's lingo

PORT MORESBY - Britain's Prince Charles delighted locals in Papua New Guinea with a brief address in pidgin after inspecting a military parade, as he and wife, Camilla, conduct a jubilee tour of the Pacific. Charles, the heir to Queen Elizabeth, was cheered by several thousand people as he introduced himself in Tok Pisin, the local patois. AFP