South Korea

Briefs, November 19, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 November, 2012, 6:24am

Opposition leader steps down in South Korea

SEOUL - The chairman of South Korea's main opposition party resigned yesterday in an effort to pave the way for the nation's liberals to select a single candidate ahead of next month's presidential poll. Lee Hae-chan quit along with several other top officials of the Democratic United Party following calls for internal party reforms seen as necessary for the two liberal presidential hopefuls - DUP candidate Moon Jae-in and software mogul Ahn Cheol-soo - to merge their campaigns. AFP

Slum blaze kills 11 in Bangladesh's capital

DHAKA - At least 11 women and children died as a fire swept through one of the biggest slums in the Bangladeshi capital. Officials said the blaze started at a rickshaw garage as thousands of residents of the Boubazaar shanty town were sleeping. A stove or a cigarette end was suspected to have sparked the fire, police said. AFP

Sri Lankan military recruits Tamil women

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's military has recruited 100 women soldiers in the biggest single intake of ethnic Tamils from the island's former war zone. The women - from the northern district of Kilinochchi, where Tamil Tiger rebels had their political headquarters before they were defeated in 2009 - were enlisted on Saturday. AFP

Fatal bomb blast in Thailand's deep south

BANGKOK - Suspected militants detonated a bomb under a train in Thailand's insurgency-riven deep south, leaving one dead and 15 wounded. The device, which killed a defence volunteer, was buried under the railway in the flashpoint district of Rueso, in Narathiwat province. The wounded included passengers and railway employees. AFP