Briefs, November 16, 2012
Indonesian maid, 15, raped in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian police are investigating a man for allegedly raping an Indonesian girl, 15, working for him, officials said, days after another maid accused three policemen of rape. The cases have reportedly caused outrage in Indonesia. Ties between the two neighbours have been tense over frequent reports of abuse in recent years. Malaysia's foreign ministry said the Indonesian in the latest case in Seremban, a town near the capital Kuala Lumpur, was raped as well as tied up and left without food for four days. AFP
Tokyo and Pyongyang in talks on abductions
TOKYO - Japan and North Korea have started talks in Mongolia that Tokyo hopes will shed light on a series of decades-old abductions. The talks in Ulan Bator are scheduled to continue through today. In August, lower-level negotiators from Japan and North Korea held the countries' first talks in four years but made little progress. Japan wants information on the abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents in the 1970s and '80s. Japan believes at least one abductee may still be alive and in the North, although North Korea denies this. Five abductees were returned to Japan in 2002. AP
Suu Kyi says violenceis a 'huge tragedy'
NEW DELHI - Aung San Suu Kyi described violence in west Myanmar between Buddhists and Muslims as a "huge international tragedy" and said illegal migration from Bangladesh had to be stopped. Suu Kyi, on a visit to India, said she had declined to speak out on behalf of stateless Rohingya Muslims who live on both sides of the border as she wanted to promote reconciliation after recent bloodshed. More than 100,000 people have been displaced in Myanmar since June in clashes in the western state of Rakhine. Dozens of people have been killed on both sides and thousands of homes burned. AFP