Briefs, December 2, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 December, 2012, 3:09am

Data on new Japanese rocket stolen via virus

TOKYO - Japan's space agency said that information on one of its newest rockets was stolen from a desktop computer by someone using a computer virus. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said that the virus, in a computer at its Tsukuba Space Center northeast of Tokyo, was found to be secretly collecting data and sending it outside the agency. The agency said it was unclear if the virus was a cyber attack. NYT


Somali pirates free South Korean sailors

SEOUL - Four South Korean sailors held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly 19 months were freed yesterday, Seoul's foreign ministry said, after a ransom was reportedly paid for their release. The sailors were taken to safety aboard a South Korean navy ship, officials said. The release followed an agreement between Singapore firm Glory Ship Management which owns the MT Gemini and the pirates, it said. AFP


Japan donates cash for tsunami clean-up in US

TOKYO - Japan will provide $5 million (HK$38.9 million) to help clean up debris washing up on the U.S. Pacific coast from last year's earthquake and tsunami disaster. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the donation during the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum in September, the Foreign Ministry said. Japan will also give $1 million (HK$7.7 million) to help collect debris along Canada's shores, Noda said at the Apec meeting. Bloomberg


12 killed as landslides strike Kashmir

ISLAMABAD - At least 12 people have been killed, including eight Pakistani soldiers, and nine people are missing after being hit by landslides in the mountainous Kashmir region. A military rescue operation swung into action after heavy snows on Friday triggered two landslides at a remote outpost in the Kel area of Pakistan-administered Kashmir near the de facto border with India. AFP


Sex and fraud inquiry pair arrives in S Korea

LOS ANGELES - The United States has deported two South Korean women back to their home country, where they are wanted in separate cases of sex trafficking and fraud. The two suspects, Kyung Hwa Choi, 39, and Sun Hee Kim, 42, were handed over in Seoul. AFP


J.Lo turns modest for fans in Indonesia

JAKARTA - Jennifer Lopez wowed thousands of fans in Indonesia, but they didn't see as much of her as concertgoers in other countries — the American pop star toned down both her sexy outfits and her dance moves during her show in the world's most populous Muslim country. Lopez, changed several times during her 90-minute concert along with several dancers, who also dressed modestly without revealing their bare chests or cleavage. AP