Briefs, November 14, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 3:19am

Police detain 48 in raid on Islamic school

JAKARTA - Indonesian police have detained 48 students and a teacher from an Islamic boarding school and seized firearms and sharp weapons. Police stormed the Darul Akhfiya school in eastern Java's Nganjuk district on Monday and kept the students and teacher overnight for questioning. "Police also seized long-barrelled rifles, ammunition and sharp weapons, including a cleaver, as well as books on jihad," an official said. AFP

38 dead or missing in quake, Red Cross says

YANGON - A powerful earthquake that struck Myanmar at the weekend has left 38 people dead or missing, the Red Cross said yesterday as a new tremor rattled the capital, Naypyidaw. Previously, the toll had stood at 13 dead, according to aid agencies. The Red Cross said 251 houses were destroyed and 22 hospitals were damaged along with 137 religious buildings, 48 government offices and four schools. AFP

Philippines lifts ban on South Korean noodles

MANILA - Philippine authorities have lifted a ban on six brands of South Korean noodles after tests disproved earlier reports they had unsafe amounts of a cancer-causing chemical. The health department found the noodles made by Nongshim had safe amounts of benzopyrene. The Philippines had ordered the recall on October 31. AFP

Thai officials find 600 cobras in pickup truck

BANGKOK - Thai authorities have seized a pickup truck full of cobras at a checkpoint in the country's central region. They believe the snakes came from Malaysia and were destined for use in traditional medicine or human consumption. Officials found 600 cobras worth about HK$126,000 in mesh bags inside plastic baskets in the truck. AP

Family of six, two others killed in fire

NEW DELHI - An explosion and fire at a house in northern India killed eight people, including six members of a family who were making firecrackers for the festival of Diwali. The incident happened in the town of Yaqoobpur in Uttar Pradesh state. The crackers were being manufactured illegally. AFP