Briefs, November 21, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 2:59am

Pakistani court drops girl's blasphemy case

ISLAMABAD - A court in Pakistan threw out all charges against a Christian girl accused of blasphemy for allegedly burning pages of the Koran in a case that drew worldwide condemnation. Rimsha Masih, who could have faced life in prison if convicted, spent three weeks on remand in jail after being arrested on August 16. She was released on bail in September but she and her family have been in hiding under government protection, fearful for their lives. The prosecution said it would appeal against the decision in the Supreme Court. AFP

'Holy' windows given to church in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - A window pane bearing an image said to resemble the Virgin Mary has been moved from a Malaysian hospital to a church after attracting crowds of devotees, the hospital owner said. For the past two weeks, hundreds of Catholics had gathered to pray at the Sime Darby Medical Centre just outside the capital, describing the shape spotted on a seventh-floor window as a miracle. The throngs said they could also see an adult Jesus Christ portrayed on a window two panes away. Both windows were handed over to the Church of Our Lady of  Lourdes in Klang, west of the capital. AFP

South Korea to consult public on nuclear waste

SEOUL - South Korea is to hold public consultations on where to put waste nuclear fuel as storage capacity at its reactors is reaching full capacity, the government said. The plan to set up an independent consultative body comes as South Korea grapples with its worst nuclear crisis, after forged certificates were used by parts suppliers to the industry, causing stoppages at two reactors. The government said the consultations over storing waste fuel temporarily - perhaps 50 years or so - would be completed by 2015. Reuters