Briefs, November 22, 2012

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 November, 2012, 3:56am


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American DJ held for dealing drugs

MANILA - Philippine police have arrested an American club DJ suspected of supplying Manila's affluent party set with illegal drugs, anti-narcotics police said. About 10kg of the narcotic methamphetamine, also known as ice, and a small amount of cocaine were found in Bryan Hill's Manila apartment and sport utility vehicle, police said. The drugs seized have a total street value of about 50 million pesos (HK$9.4 million). Hill, 32, could be jailed for life if convicted on drugs charges that police are preparing to file in court. AFP

Suspended sentence for propaganda tweets

SEOUL - A South Korean man received a suspended 10-month prison term for retweeting North Korean propaganda posts. The Suwon District Court cited the National Security Law in its ruling against Park Jeong-geun. The law prohibits praising or glorifying North Korea. Park could have received seven years in prison. The court says it suspended the prison term partly because Park promised not to repeat his act. It said Twitter's widespread influence over society was the reason Park's actions threatened national security. AP

Robot set to brave wrecked nuclear plant

YOKOHAMA - Japanese nuclear-reactor maker Toshiba unveiled a remote-controlled robot resembling a headless dog that they hope will be used at the battered Fukushima power plant. The tetrapod, which weighs 65kg and is about one metre tall, is designed to be able to cover difficult terrain - such as climbing steep steps - that regular robots struggle with. The robot's triple-jointed legs are designed to give it maximum flexibility, with engineers saying it will be able to go into spaces where high radiation makes it impossible for workers to do so. AFP

60,000 fallen Gurkhas 'forgotten' by Britain

KATHMANDU - Veterans of Britain's Gurkha brigade lit candles and burned incense to mark the deaths of 60,000 Nepalese soldiers who they say have been forgotten by the country they fought for. Gurkhas who served in the British Army and died in battle in two world wars and other conflicts across the globe are being honoured in three days of ceremonies at Syangja district in western Nepal. Padam Bhadur Gurung, president of the Gurkha Army Ex-Servicemen's Organisation, said Britain was reluctant to publicise the huge sacrifice that Gurkhas had made. AFP