Briefs, November 7, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 November, 2012, 2:07am

Japan drops plan for island invasion drill

TOKYO - Japan decided against holding a military exercise simulating the recapture of an island as part of a training event with the US, Defence Minister Satoshi Morimoto said. He confirmed that the United States and Japan considered holding such a drill as part of exercises that began yesterday but denied that it amounted to a cancellation. Bloomberg

'Sorcerer' held over 'bullet-proof' tattoos

BANGKOK - A "sorcerer" tattooist has been arrested in northeastern Thailand after several brawls involving his disciples who believed his body art made them invincible. Boonyong Luangjumpol, 29, was held for possession of guns after officers raided his home. He was renowned for creating love potions, as well as tattoos which teenage followers believed could protect them from gunshot or knife wounds. AFP

Parents charged with using forged papers

SEOUL - South Korean prosecutors yesterday charged 47 parents with forging documents to enrol their children in foreign-run schools. Foreigner-only schools in South Korea require at least one of their students' parents to be a foreign citizen. Some of those charged had secured false passports of African nations while others had travelled to Central America to obtain forged citizenship papers there. AFP

Body at crocodile farm in Philippines

MANILA - The body of a man half-eaten by saltwater crocodiles has been found at a Philippine breeding farm, police said. Employees found the victim, 57, on Friday, police officer Lowell Neniza said. Authorities had no idea how the man entered the privately owned farm. AFP