Briefs, November 10, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 November, 2012, 5:04am

Couple back in N Korea after stint in the South

SEOUL - A North Korean refugee couple have returned home after living in the South for several years, Seoul officials said yesterday. North Korean authorities presented the couple, Kim Kwang-hyok and his wife Ko Jong-nam, on Thursday, saying they were "lured" into defecting four years ago by intelligence agents. The South said claims they were involved in their defection were "groundless and absurd". AFP

Elders arrested in rape case settlement

LAHORE, Pakistan - Police in Pakistan have arrested five men after a village council ordered a father to hand over his daughter, 9, as compensation in a land quarrel. Elders in the rural area of Bahalak in Punjab made the ruling to settle a year-long dispute between a farm worker and a local landowner. The worker, Arshad, was accused of involvement in the abduction and rape of landowner Ali Sher's daughter. AFP

Murder suspect found victim through police

TOKYO - A man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death in Japan learned her new married name and where she lived from the police officers who arrested him for stalking her. Hideto Kozutsumi was held last year on charges of stalking and harassing Rie Miyoshi after he repeatedly threatened to kill her in emails after their split. Police arrested Kozutsumi for the harassment - reading out an arrest warrant that included his former lover's new name and location. AFP

Overweight officers forced to exercise

TANGERANG - Overweight policemen in an Indonesian city near the capital Jakarta have been ordered to join an exercise programme with many too slow to catch fleeing criminals. Around 130 out of the 1,473-strong force will undertake compulsory physical exercise three times a week. AFP

Thais celebrate ancient river barge procession

BANGKOK - Golden barges shaped like swans and mythical sea creatures glided down Bangkok's Chao Phraya river in a 700-year-old ceremony featuring more than 2,000 rowers. The ancient procession, with 52 barges draped with strings of jasmine, was revived by Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1960 after a lapse of several decades. Reuters