Briefs, November 18, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 November, 2012, 2:31am

Japan, N Korea to restart abduction talks

TOKYO - Japan and North Korea agreed during talks this week to continue discussing past abductions of Japanese nationals, the Asahi newspaper reported. Japanese negotiator Shinsuke Sugiyama and Song Il Ho, North Korea's ambassador for normalisation talks with Japan, attended the two-day meeting in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. The bilateral talks were the first of their kind since 2008, when Pyongyang agreed to re-investigate the abductions, the Asahi wrote. Bloomberg


Indian brothers kill each other in shoot-out

NEW DELHI - A well-known liquor baron and his brother killed each other in a shoot-out at their farmhouse residence on the outskirts of the Indian capital after reportedly failing to settle a business dispute. Ponty Chadha was the sole liquor distributor in India's largest Uttar Pradesh state. Gaurang Kanth, an attorney for Ponty's brother Hardeep Chaddha, said his client was apprehensive about negotiating with his brother. AP


Bomb kills one, wounds 20 in south Thailand

PATTANI, Thailand - Suspected insurgents have detonated a motorcycle bomb in Thailand's violence-plagued south, killing one and wounding 20. The explosion in Yala province set five buildings on fire. Police said militants set off the remote-controlled bomb when a group of patrolling soldiers passed by the city's commercial area. Five soldiers and 15 civilians were injured. AP


Jason Mraz to perform in Yangon next month

NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Jason Mraz will make history next month when he performs in Myanmar to raise awareness about human trafficking. Mraz, who will headline a free outdoor concert in Yangon on December 16, is the first international artist to perform an open-air concert in the country since the end of military rule last year. AP


India and Pakistan need to bury hatchet

NEW DELHI - Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf said that his country and rival India need to "bury the hatchet" and settle their differences to reduce poverty and ease tensions in the region. Musharraf, Pakistan's ex-army chief, led the country in the 1999 Kargil conflict and previously fought against India in 1965 and 1971 wars. "We need to resolve the long-standing disputes between India and Pakistan because these are the causes of hatred, causes of conflict and the wars," Musharraf told a media conference in Indian capital New Delhi. AFP


Philippines urged to follow Northern Ireland

SULTAN KUDARAT, Philippines - Nobel laureate Lord David Trimble urged Muslim rebels to strive to overcome the remaining hurdles to peace after they signed a landmark deal with the Philippine government. Lord Trimble held up the example of the 1998 Belfast Good Friday agreement that ended the 30-year conflict in Northern Ireland as a template during a visit to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front camp in the southern Philippines. AFP