Diaoyu Islands

Briefs, December 1, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 December, 2012, 3:39am

Abe slams Tokyo over 'defeat' in islands rows

TOKYO - Shinzo Abe, the front runner to become Japan's next prime minister, lashed out at the government for what he called a "diplomatic defeat" in territorial rows with its neighbours. Abe, 58, blamed a flare-up in a long-standing spat with Beijing on Tokyo's weak-kneed diplomacy, along with separate rows with South Korea and Russia. Abe said Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his two predecessors worsened the fight with China over the Diaoyus, known in Japan as the Senkakus. AFP


Philippine sailors save turtles from poachers

PUERTO PRINCESA - Philippine sailors rescued more than 100 sea turtles from poachers, but Chinese nationals allegedly buying the endangered animals escaped, the navy said. At least 123 turtles were recovered from three fish pens off the western island of Balabac as part of a campaign against such illegal activities. At least six Chinese nationals were sighted fleeing the area using a speed boat, the navy said. Chinese financiers were reportedly paying local people to gather the turtles for 5,000 pesos (HK$946) each. AFP


Singapore's ban on gay sex challenged in court

SINGAPORE - A gay couple filed a constitutional challenge in Singapore's top court aimed at repealing a long-standing law that criminalises gay sex. Under Singaporean law, gay sex is deemed "an act of gross indecency" and is punishable by a maximum of two years in prison. Gary Lim and Kenneth Chee filed their challenge with Singapore's High Court. AP


Sri Lanka's top judge called on to step down

COLOMBO - Hundreds of taxi drivers drove across the Sri Lankan capital to demand that the country's chief justice step down while parliament considers an impeachment motion against her. Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake has been accused of misusing her power and possessing unexplained wealth. She denies any wrongdoing. AP